On caregivers, faith, family, and writing…

I have exciting news. A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos will be available in print some time in early 2015. I will share more details as I get them.

Honor and privilege

Blessings,

Linda

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Memoir

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word “memoir” comes from the Anglo-French word memorie, the Old French word memoire, and the Latin word memoria. All of these have similar meanings–a written record of things or events to be kept in mind or remembered.

When I began to write my memoir about Mom and Dad, I didn’t know the derivation of the word. I’m not sure I even realized I was writing in a specific genre. All I knew was that there were events that shouldn’t be forgotten and memories I wanted the capture. The human memory is fragile and weakens with time, but the written records live on.

Do you have memories and life events that should not be forgotten? Take time now while they are still vivid in your mind and make your own written record, your own memoir.

Blessings,

Linda

To read Chapter 1 of A Long and Winding Road, CLICK HERE.

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Bolts and screwsThe TV series “Seinfeld” has often been described as “a show about nothing” because of the mundane subjects that were the focus of many of the episodes. The conversations at the Senior Center where David and I eat lunch most day could sometimes be described that way, too. One of those conversations happened a couple of weeks ago when Dirk pulled two small pieces of metal out of his pocket. Read the rest of this entry »

perfect caregiver

I can’t count the times that I was a less than perfect caregiver. Sometimes I snapped at Mom through no fault of hers. I frequently forgot to check Dad’s blood sugar at the proper time. The biggest failure in my mind was my inability to continue to care for her in my home. Fortunately, I have memories like this one that remind me of the many times I was a good caregiver.

When you are less than perfect, don’t beat yourself up. On the other hand, when you do something right, make a note in your journal or take a photo to remind yourself of the millions of ways in which you are a good caregiver.

Blessings,

Linda

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two-for-one-caregivingThe wonderful people at Alzheimers.net, an online community dedicated to education, advocacy and supporting those whose lives have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, invited me to share some thoughts on caring for two parents with dementia. Following is a short excerpt of what I wrote:

Raising twins may offer twice the love, but it often means twice the trouble. The same can be said for caring for two parents at the same time – especially when one has Alzheimer’s disease and one has vascular dementia.

Just imagine two-year-old twins who are tall enough to reach all the kitchen cabinets and strong enough to open all the appliance doors and push all the buttons.

To read the rest of the article, CLICK HERE.

Blessings,

Linda

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Some businesses honor senior citizens and take their needs into consideration.

Large Type Alphabet Soup

Others, not so much.

No Senior Discounts

Blessings,

Linda

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Romans 15 13 joy and peace

Caregivers sometimes live from hope to hope. First, we hope the diagnosis is wrong. Then, if a second opinion confirms the first, we hope the treatments will work. If the medications fail, we hope for a good day. Finally, we hope for a gentle passing.

Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” Caregivers are often sick at heart when their hopes are not fulfilled.

In the 8th chapter of Romans, Paul tells us that Christ is the hope of both Jews and Gentiles. In verse 13, he says that God is the source of hope. Belief in Christ, our hope, and God, the source of hope, can fill even the most heart sick caregiver with joy, peace, and abounding hope.

Blessings,

Linda

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