An essay written by one of our caregivers, with permission.             The late afternoon sun floats through thin blinds onto the fuzzy blue blanket that almost covers my husband Peter and me as we lie side by side on his narrow hospital bed. His 15-D black Velcro shoes stick out of the covering at the…

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“Have you had your annual check-up yet?”  No, not with your doctor, but with your health insurance plan! October 15 – December 7, 2019 is the open enrollment period for making changes to your Medicare Plans. It’s a great time to see if your current plans still meet your needs, or if changes in your…

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Those of you who have attended our Caregiver Connections education classes have heard the advice, “Don’t argue.” Of course, this is easier said than done, as we all like to be right. When we hear someone say something that does not align with our beliefs or truths, the inclination is to correct that person. My…

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Written by a Memory Center Charlotte caregiver, who wished to remain anonymous due to the sensitive nature of this piece. We appreciate such an honest portrait of a difficult transition, it is so valuable for others to learn from those who are experiencing this first-hand. ______________________________________________________________________________ Sobbing noises woke me up in the middle of…

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We learn from our patients and caregivers every day in clinic, sometimes in the most unexpected ways. In preparation for my son’s upcoming wedding, I decided to tap into this treasure trove of experience and ask for the advice they would give to a soon-to-be bride and groom. The responses were full of humor, love…

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You may have heard about the new craze in home organization, developed by Marie Kondo, an organizing consultant and international best-selling author of “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. Her book and new Netflix series are both dedicated to teaching folks how to declutter their homes, her philosophy being “keep only items that spark joy.” Sorting…

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December. The month carries with it a host of emotions. For some it brings to mind cozy family gatherings, stirring up nostalgia of past family holidays. But sometimes a feeling of sadness can sneak up on us this time of year. This can be magnified if you are a caregiver of someone with chronic illness,…

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Driving is the biggest safety concern we address with our patients. There is also no topic that elicits stronger emotions than hearing concerns about your ability to drive. At some point in our lifetimes, almost all of us will have to stop driving. But we can have productive and positive conversations about driving, as long…

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This poem was written in 2017 by Edmund Fitzgerald who was a caregiver for his wife Pat. The frightened look, the unformed words.Sadness in your eyes, a cry for help.Unable to understand, to accept.Your womanhood is slipping away. There is no yesterday, hardly a tomorrow.Our worlds closing in, friends lost.Simple things once natural now complex.Sometimes…

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