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Just One Minute. Save A Life!

Last year, I wrote about the importance of increasing awareness and education for Hands-Only CPR, in large part because each year in the US, there are an estimated 350,000 resuscitation attempts. Nearly 70% of those CPR events happen at home in the hands of a family member. But there’s a particularly frightening wrinkle in this [...]

By | December 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

When Option B Is Option A

Grief comes in many shapes and sizes. When most hear someone is grieving they assume the person is reacting to the death of a loved one or friend. But, as family caregivers know all too well, when faced with the responsibility of providing care for a loved one in poor health, “grief” can be a [...]

By | December 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Life Well Lived

My father-in-law, Stanley, recently passed away. Nearing 95 years of age, God bless him, he lived a wonderful life. Stanley was a character in the greatest sense of the word. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he was street-smart and blessed with incredible raw intelligence. Stanley was a World War ll veteran, had a [...]

By | April 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Flying Above the Turbulence

When I was 20 years old, flying to and from college, I was so anxious about the possibility of turbulence that I began driving the 1,000 miles each way to avoid it. It was at that point I decided to get a pilot’s license in an effort to confront my fear head on and learn [...]

By | March 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

HItting The Curveball

This time, every year, the little kid in me starts to resurface. March marks the start of spring training for Major League Baseball…as well as the countdown to the season opener in early April. Raised right outside of New York City, I was a BIG New York Yankees fan. I grew up during an exciting [...]

By | March 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ten Minutes to Change Your Life

We know how stressful being a family caregiver is. The unpredictable demands can make planning difficult and, unfortunately, one of the first things to fall by the wayside is “me time.” For the past 14 years, during my many conversations with family caregivers about the importance of daily “me time,” I usually see plenty of [...]

By | February 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Maybe It’s More Than Just Getting Older

During the recent holidays many families gathered and celebrated together. This is often a time when you get to see family members you haven’t seen in awhile. And while wonderful, it can also be a bit startling, especially if an older relative isn’t quite acting “themselves.” They are more forgetful, maybe somewhat aloof or a [...]

By | January 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Holidays and the Alzheimer’s Family

During the holidays, the added pressure of shopping, finishing year-end work, and organizing family get-togethers make it all too easy to lose sight of the specialness of the season. This can be especially true for family caregivers. Families come in all shapes and sizes, but one family model that I find is often ignored is [...]

By | December 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Achieving “Life Balance” for Family Caregivers

November was National Caregivers Month and for years, my company, Caring Today (Caring Today), used this time to invite family members to acknowledge a caregiver in their life. I have read over a thousand stories describing all types of caregiving situations, from adult children caring for an elderly mother and father to a young teenager [...]

By | December 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Gift From Jack

This morning, I was sitting in the courtyard next to our home working on my computer. The weather was terrific, clear and breezy. I was focused on a deadline that needed my full attention, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the terrific weather…and a wonderfully robust, rich brown-wrapped cigar. As I settled in, I [...]

By | July 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments