Walk in their shoes

September 30th, 2013 → 5:45 pm @

      This illustration, “Walk in their shoes,” shows me in my role as a geriatric caregiver extending my hand to a frail woman who is gingerly standing in place as if for the first time in years. The focus spirals to the center of our connection – our hands.   In fact, I […]

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Finding a new beginning/First day of Autumn

September 22nd, 2013 → 4:57 pm @

Nature itself as well as ancient symbols like the spiral, circle, tree of life, can bring energy and healing, helping caregivers make connections. There is sustainability, survival and resilience in a caregiver’s voice and recovery. A father described his unusual experience at the grave side of his daughter who died several years ago. Instead of […]

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“It hurts!” – An appeal

August 26th, 2013 → 4:37 pm @

  The need for a hospice impressed itself on Mother Teresa when she came upon the body of a man under a tree. Mike Nicol writes in LOVE: The Words and Inspiration of Mother Teresa: “She had noticed him earlier while passing in a tram and he had been alive, although sodden by the monsoon […]

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Angels Come In Disguise to Keep Holidays Manageable

December 9th, 2012 → 11:14 pm @

The holidays can cause a problem of overstimulation. Especially persons with dementia need help to be able to respond positively to the flood of activities; otherwise under or over stimulation can cause them to withdraw, decreasing their responsiveness – or to panic, increasing their unwanted agitated behaviors. While living in a healthcare facility, Angelina had […]

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