One of the major challenges for many of us is the new, and expanding life stage known as “care-giver”.
In these posts, we hope to highlight some useful programs and services that can assist you and your family in negotiating this challenging life stage.
David Friedman I was totally unprepared when my father, Seymour Friedman, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2006. At first there was disbelief, because it did not [Read more...]
Our lives today can make caring for aging parents so much more complicated. My elderly mother passed away a few years ago, after a 20 year struggle with Rheumatoid Arthritis. [Read more...]
My parents are in their 80’s, in failing health and live in a retirement home. I make it a point to be there twice a week and am constantly running small errands for them [Read more...]
Hope is a crucial part of facing and coping with a medical illness. It can not only help a patient survive; it can also promote healing. Hope paves the way toward resilience [Read more...]
Gil’s Mom has severe osteoporosis plus macular degeneration; two serious health problems. Our goal was to find a nearby residence that would give her a social life [Read more...]
Just off the red-eye from Seattle, Washington. A beautiful city with wonderful people. I was in Seattle for some of my Union for Reform Judaism work on our project on aging [Read more...]
Ron Lieber, New York Times "Your Money" Columnist A hat-tip to Rabbi Jennifer Gertman for pointing out this New York Times article, “Ignore Long-Term Care [Read more...]
I was in the middle of teaching a class at our seminary, the Hebrew Union College in New York, when I was interrupted by the vibrating phone. I had forgotten to turn it off. [Read more...]
Can faith and community be powerful aids to those caring for an aging loved one? In honoring our “father and mother,” how do we honor ourselves? Can a deeper [Read more...]
At dinner the other night, a friend asked if I had a list of all the things an adult child should discuss with their aging parent. As we delved deeper into the question, it [Read more...]