hospital room entrance

What It’s Like to Get Cancer, and Be a Caregiver, as Young Adults

“This has to be a joke – watch me have cancer or some bullshit like that,” Tom replied, clearly caught off guard by what the doctor had just told us.

It was at this point that time started to stand still. After a brief wait, the doctor came back into the room. There seemed to be a shadow of some sort near his lung and they wanted to do a CT scan of his chest. We were not sure what he meant by shadow, but he informed us that it could be a mass of some sort or an infection …

Read More »

senior care

7 Easy Ways to Support Caregivers

If someone in your life is a caregiver, you should step up and do what you can to care for them. However, this is often much more difficult than it seems.

If someone in your life is acting as a caregiver, then you know just how demanding this job can be. It is so important for caregivers of all types to be able to reduce stress and find peace and calm in their chaotic lives. However, this is often much more difficult than it seems. Due to the nature of their jobs, many caregivers are so dedicated to caring for

Read More »

Interviewing a Caregiver—Who Will You Trust with Mom or Dad?

When keeping your day job requires outside help, who will you let in? Here are 8 questions to ask before hiring any caregiver.

By: Stefania Shaffer

My mother’s decline seemed to happen almost overnight—but on a calendar, it was more like four years and one month of strange occurrences that would only be recognized in hindsight as onset dementia. Still, the slide down this slippery slope happened quickly, all things being relative.

In December she was still enjoying her hearty appetite until January came when she began pushing her food around on the plate. Maybe I hadn’t realized how long …

Read More »