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On Caregiving: Physical Stress

This is one article in a series about long-term caregiving. For nineteen months my wife struggled with metastasized cancer. I was her primary, and most often only caregiver, other than the night sitters from 10 PM to 6 AM. I did everything except cooking for which I had no...
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On Caregiving: Mother, Now the Stranger

This is one article in a series about long-term caregiving. She was in counseling with me many years ago. Recently I received an email from her. A distressing email. Her mother now has Alzheimer’s Disease, and sometimes does not know her during her visits. She asked for...
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On Caregiving: Relationship Changes

This is one article in a series about long-term caregiving. Each of us is born into a social environment. A family of some kind. From birth, we are immediately in relationships. We are immediately interacting with others. We can not survive alone. We depend on some persons to...
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On Caregiving: Increasing Demands

This is a series of articles about long-term caregiving. Long-term caregiving of a person in declining health of body and/or mind causes increasing demands on the primary caregiver. These demands are many and they vary in intensity. The increasing demands force the caregiver to...
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On Caregiving: An Unavoidable Uncertainty

This is a series of articles about long-term caregiving. A friend called to chat. She is a caregiver. The only caregiver. Her husband is in declining physical health. Unless a miracle happens, he will only get worse. There is no cure. She knows this. But, what she does not know...
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On Caregiving: An Unavoidable Reality

This is the first of a series of articles about long-term caregiving. I will share what I have learned from personal and professional experience, and from participants in our weekly Caregivers Support Group, which began on August 7, 2014. (Four participants who began on that date...
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