American Girl Doll and Dementia

Who said you can’t bring your fullest self into the care partner relationship? What’s stopping you? My obsession with history and my curiosity about others was ingrained into my DNA and part of my interests long before I picked up my first American Girl Doll. For many of us, the toys we play with andContinue reading “American Girl Doll and Dementia”

Escaping the You-Ra-Ra of Awareness and Advocacy

What do you do when the “you-ra-ra” of an awareness and advocacy moment ends? What do you when it starts? This month is Older Americans Month, and next month is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. I have already started to see the events for the Longest Day gearing up. These dedicated months shine the spotlightContinue reading “Escaping the You-Ra-Ra of Awareness and Advocacy”

If we are not visionaries in aging, are we then complacent care providers?

Stuck in-between research and the human heart is where you will find most care partners. They are family members, friends, CNAs, doctors, life enrichment teams, care community staff, and partner organizations. It is in this middle ground where the language of the academic and medical word gets shuffled around as we try to make senseContinue reading “If we are not visionaries in aging, are we then complacent care providers?”

Getting Rid of the “Reluctant Care Partner”

When did caregiving become something that is so incredibly shameful? When did it become a burden instead of a gift or purpose in life? The reluctant care partner has become the socially acceptable way to refer to oneself, and it has me wondering what it truly means to work in service of another’s care. SinceContinue reading “Getting Rid of the “Reluctant Care Partner””

If It Works for Everyone Else, Why Won’t It Work for Those with Dementia?

Part 2 of the conversations. To read part one check out We Went to Paris Last time we talked about going to Paris, play, theatre, imagination and those sparkle-in-the-eye moments. How by engaging creatively, we can validate and support others. So, where do we go from here? Well, that will require some reflection, honest conversations,Continue reading “If It Works for Everyone Else, Why Won’t It Work for Those with Dementia?”

The Upper Room After Care

As we draw closer to Holy Week, to the death and Resurrection of Christ, I am reminded of the time Christ’s disciples spent in the upper room, partly in fear, partly in doubt (St. Thomas I am looking at you!), partly in joy, waiting for the next sign. As I think of what these momentsContinue reading “The Upper Room After Care”

Death and Dying Shouldn’t Be Awkward

A microscope is on death. But have we learned anything about how to accompany someone through the process of dying, death, and grief?  We have found ourselves talking about death more these past few months. But we still fear it. We express our desires to support others as their loved one passes. But we stillContinue reading “Death and Dying Shouldn’t Be Awkward”