“Look forward! Just Grind” was the response I received after asking how the past few months have gone for an individual professionally and personally. There is something about that word, “Grind” that grates on me. Yes, we want to work hard, but have we thought about the need for silence, reflection, and slowing down? HaveContinue reading “The Damage of Hustle Culture”
We all play multiple roles during our lifetime. These roles can be a care partner, sibling, parent, grandchild, student, peer, employee, artist, gardener, friend, and the list goes on. While on this dementia journey we frequently get stuck in the role of the care partner. Stuck in a place that does not allow us toContinue reading “Changing Roles: The Care Partner’s Journey”
We were created for a time such as this, to dream and to hope, to find joy and to allow ourselves to mourn. The world has been through darker times, so we frequently hear, and that does not always help. But we have the strength of our human spirit, and we can see the light along this unknown journey, and together we will walk to support each other, to encourage each other, and to live during a time such as this.
We have arrived at the fourth and final week of Advent. Although it is a short week, we are still called to continue to prepare our hearts for Christmas. So much goes on during this time of year, and as Christians, we seek to see beyond the gifts and decorations, enjoying them of course, butContinue reading “4th Week of Advent”
Take the time to visit. They may be lonely or lonely for your specific relationship with them. They are experiencing loss as well, your friendship and relationship with them are valued more than you may ever know.
If I am honest, everything I know about dementia I know from the science/medical perspective. If I am honest, everything I know about dementia is an interpretation of what has been shared with me by someone who has dementia. If I am honest, everything I know about dementia I know from what I wish IContinue reading “The True Experts”
Even for the most introverted amongst us, we desire connection to another human being. It is through this connection that we learn about who the person is before us. We see and learn about what brings this person joy and what brings them pain. We find an emotional level to connect to find a commonContinue reading “Communication to Become Relational”
Allison Lazicky from Tom-Notch Teams (the same Allison I did a post for in January about Life is Bluetiful) recently had me on her podcast, Bluetiful…Celebrating Kindness Leaders, produced by the Whole Care Network. It was a first for me, and hopefully the first of many. This podcast is, as the title informs, about KindnessContinue reading “A Bluetiful Life Continued”
When dementia and forgiveness are thrown into the same sentence it is common to first think of forgiving the person with dementia, to reconcile past hurts and wrongdoings. But, what about other family members? What about forgiving brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins? What about forgiving ourselves? What about the care team? No one is perfect.Continue reading “To Seek Forgiveness”