A Caregiver’s Journey: Handling the Diagnosis (3)

Dealing with the Diagnosis – My parents were never the type to deal well with their own illnesses. My mother never took her own health seriously, and they both had a hard time accepting that my father was going blind. Serious medical conditions just completely overwhelmed them. That’s why they told dad’s doctors that if […]

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Celebrating a Year of Successes

We’ve been in the caregiving business just over a year.  We continue to grow by leaps and bounds, adding happy clients to our list.  We are so excited and happy to be here, and to be making a huge impact in the lives of our clients and their families. We’re also making an impact on […]


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A Caregiver’s Journey: The Diagnosis (2) 1

(This post is the second in a series written by Mary. Previous post link – The Beginning)   Dad had received the diagnosis that he had an obstruction in his colon and was immediately scheduled for surgery the next day. Everything happened so quickly. My dad’s surgery was scheduled for first thing in the morning. […]


Managing Precious Mementos: Selection and Storage

Haley Gray recently wrote a thought provoking article about Managing Precious Mementos. She brought up a good question—how do we decide which mementos (photos, birth and death certificates, newspaper articles, etc.) we keep and which we discard? Unfortunately, it’s just not practical to keep everything. After her parents passed away, Haley discovered more than 6,500 […]

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Bringing Depression Out of the Dark

Have you ever felt depressed? You know, that feeling that nothing really matters? You give up—just don’t care anymore. Maybe you were very sad and even a little anxious, or maybe you just felt nothing. Perhaps there was a trigger for your depression: the death of a loved one, problems at work, or relationship problems. […]


A Caregiver’s Journey: The Beginning 1

Who would have thought constipation would have led to the diagnosis of stage 4 colon cancer that had metastasized to the liver, lungs, and lymph nodes? Not me, that’s for sure. Our journey started in May 2003. After years of alcohol abuse, my father woke up one day and decided he was no longer going […]

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8 Great Ways to Stress Yourself Out 1

According to the American Psychological Association, 61 percent of adults say that managing stress is extremely or very important, but only 35 percent say they are doing an excellent or very good job at it. Seventy-two percent report experiencing physical symptoms of stress. Can you relate? If so, you’re not alone. Let’s take a look […]


Managing Precious Mementos 1

Here are some stats on the sheer volume of precious mementos we found in my parents’ home when we started sorting. 6500.  That is the number of photos we have found in boxes, bins, and albums.  We have since scanned almost all of those. 400.  The number of years of family history uncovered in boxes. […]

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Keeping Your Brain Fit

Last week I wrote about the benefits of keeping our body fit as we age. But what about keeping our brain fit? Most of us have heard or seen advertisements for brain training games, but what’s it all about? Well, just as our bodies tend to slow down as we age, so do our minds. […]