Caregiver Profile: Kim Brown

Elizabeth Ohollaren


15 November, 2017

For 14 years Kim Brown worked as a hotel breakfast cook. But 5 years ago, when her mother’s health declined, Kim quit her job to become her caregiver, first taking care of everyday needs like grocery shopping and then ultimately moving with her husband into her mother’s home. When...

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Houston Strong

David Lawrence


24 October, 2017

Last August 27th, a Sunday morning, the Brays Bayou crested in Houston, Texas as a result of days of record-setting rain from Hurricane Harvey. My wife Carla’s Aunt Jeanne lives in Houston. She will be 94 this December and had to flee as the flood waters poured into her...

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Dear Sheila: Dreading the Future

Sheila McKannay


24 October, 2017

Dear Sheila, My dad has Parkinson’s disease. He lives with us and can still get around with a walker, but he’s definitely gotten shakier and the tremors have gotten worse. We’ve enjoyed having him here but I’m dreading the time when he can no longer walk and will need...

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The Healing Power of Touch

Susan Friedrich


16 October, 2017

As people age they become less sensitive to touch, yet, like young children, they may be the ones who need it the most. When we are children, the warmth and love of a parent’s touch is key to our growth into emotionally healthy people. Touch continues to be an...

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Caregiver Profile: Michael Hagos

Elizabeth Ohollaren


16 October, 2017

For 9 years caregiver Michael Hagos looked for the right place to fully unpack his suitcase and settle down. Leaving his country of birth, Eritrea, in 2006, he spent time in Brazil, Colombia, Washington, D.C. and other spots until 2015, when a friend invited him to visit Seattle. “When I arrived...

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Dear Sheila: Needing Help Following Surgery

Sheila McKannay


27 September, 2017

Dear Sheila, I know people use home care agencies to find caregivers for the elderly, but do they also work with people who just need temporary help, like after surgery? I am 65 years old and in generally good health, but in a few months will be having surgery...

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A Conversation with Laura Wayman

David Lawrence


27 September, 2017

Laura Wayman is the author of the award-winning, best-seller book, A Loving Approach to Dementia Care, and a frequent speaker and lecturer. Our CEO, David Lawrence spoke with Laura about her career as a “Dementia Whisperer.” You’ve developed a career as “The Dementia Whisperer.”  That brings to mind the...

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Caregiver Profile: Charlene Erikson

Elizabeth Ohollaren


14 September, 2017

Charlene Erikson has been a caregiver and CNA for over 18 years. Originally based in California, Charlene was working in assisted living and nursing homes before she discovered home care. “I love working with seniors,” she said, “and when you’re not overloaded with multiple clients at the same time,...

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