Everyone I know Is Dead – Part 2

Aging and isolation, helping elders cope with seclusion when they start losing loved ones. I met Alene when she lived with her son, Greg and his wife. She is another elderly woman who struggled with loss and loneliness, but her story is different. When Alene became too frail for Greg and his wife to provide…

When Your Caregiving World Collides with Life

When you work full time and also have responsibility for your aging parent, sometimes the two worlds collide. Work pressures suck your emotional energy until you feel as dry as a shed snake skin. It’s a monumental task to dredge up enough strength to deal with the demands of caregiving. All you want to do…

The Spring of the Caregiving Season

        “What happened to your parents’ garage?” Mike asked over dinner one night. “What do you mean?” I twirled spaghetti noodles around my fork, wondering where this was going. “The side is kind of splintered, like something ran into it.” After dinner, I hiked down the alley separating our two homes to…