Dear Sheila: Next Steps After Diagnosis

Sheila McKannay


24 September, 2018

Dear Sheila, I’m the only child of a single mom. I’ve always known that when the time comes, it would fall to me to help with her care. That time has come. Mom was just diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease. We’ve done the paperwork (will, health care directive,...

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Caregiver Profile: Veronica Karanja

Elizabeth Ohollaren


18 September, 2018

Veronica Karanja’s husband was already working in Boston as a Minister in an African Church when, in 2005, Veronica and their children left their home in Kenya to join him. Veronica’s work had always involved helping and ministering to others, so once in Boston, she earned her CNA and...

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Caregiver Profile: Yodit Gebreyeeyesus

Elizabeth Ohollaren


20 August, 2018

Growing up in Ethiopia, where it is common for older family members to live with their children and grandchildren, Yodit Gebreyeeyesus was familiar with the idea of caring for elders. When her grandmother became old and needed help she moved in with Yodit’s family and Yodit helped care for...

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Dear Sheila: Thanking the Caregivers

Sheila McKannay


24 July, 2018

Dear Sheila, My dad has been given only a few months to live. Right now he is at home with caregivers and a hospice nurse who are working together to coordinate his care. His doctor says that he may soon need to move to a hospice facility, and if...

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Caregiver Profile: Perlita Quinones

Elizabeth Ohollaren


13 July, 2018

Perlita Quinones has nine siblings, all of whom emigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines. Fortunately, Perlita is a patient person because, despite being sponsored by her sister, it took 24 years from the time she applied for her U.S. visa to when she was allowed to emigrate. She...

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Managing Stress – A Must for Caregivers

Susan Friedrich


13 July, 2018

Much well-deserved attention is paid to the physical and emotional impact on family caregivers of caring for an older or disabled family member. In Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers, the Family Caregiver Alliance reminds readers that when on an airplane, the first rule is to always put on your...

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Dear Sheila: Petrified Daughter

Sheila McKannay


25 June, 2018

Dear Sheila, I am the only child of parents who are in their late 70’s and very active. We have never discussed what they want to do as they age; where to live, how much money they have, do they want to be buried or cremated, who will manage...

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