Music is MAGIC. I've always believed that. And I've always wondered why God would have me believe it so, without giving me an ounce of musical talent. I cannot carry a tune. I never really learned to play an instrument (although I did work all summer picking berries and beans in order to buy myself
It's been 2 weeks since my mama left this earth. The last 14 days have been a whirlwind of making arrangements for her memorial and burial, of rearranging the house just enough for Dad's comfort without losing her personal touches, of being with family.
The first part of life without Mom is behind me. Now I
I recently wrote an article for the Newberg Graphic Insiders Column called Reminisce With Me. It offers suggestions on how to spend quality time with someone you love that lives with dementia.
Some of my favorite memories with my Gram were times that we sat together and looked through photos on my iPad. Sometimes they were
I recently authored an article with my Dad about living with Parkinson's. You can find it here: Parkinson's Article.
It's been important to my Dad that he shares what it's like to live with this disease. As his body and mind stop functioning as he'd like, he wants to make a difference by helping others to understand.
Today I attended a Celebration of Life for our friend George. While he only attended Gentog for 6 months - and it's been three years since he left our program, he made a definite impact. He was a professor by trade, and he brought that spirit to Gentog every day. He was our only participant
I BELIEVE in intergenerational living! Let me share some things I've learned working at Gentog in my Regal Courier August article.
Caregiving is often thought to be the hardest job there is...and that is true. But there can be moments of joy, happy times and even a little fun. Read my article in the Regal Courier.
"One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do.
Two can be as bad as one,
It's the loneliest number since the number one."
Remember those lyrics from the Three Dog Night song? OK, I’m dating myself…but I loved this song when I was a teenager! I can still hear it in my head. Little did
You'll learn in my April article for the Regal Courier just how powerful the words "I'm Sorry" can be!
We've always known it. Play is good for young and old. Children learn new skills, Seniors practice old skills. Both enjoy the exercise benefits and have fun. Both practice problem solving. Both laugh. You don't have to study this to know it's good and it's right.
But if you DO need to study this. If you'd