Sept. 2 Support Group Call: Addressing Financial Anxieties

In 2014, medical expenses ranked as the number-one cause of personal bankruptcy in the US. It’s no wonder when you consider that medical costs are rising, insurance premiums are linked with age, and companies are cutting employees with experience and wisdom. So, what’s a family to do? We recommend identifying and building multiple income streams where you […]

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How can ECN help you most?

As ECN enters its fifth year of serving family and professional caregivers, this would be the perfect time to take stock of what types of support our constituents–including you–need most at this time. Only in this way can we keep ECN on target, helpful and successful. We define success in terms of: Growing participation in […]

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For peace in caregiving, let go of resistance

Sometimes the challenges of caregiving can make you want to scream. Maybe the frustrations of dealing with doctors and insurance companies bring it on. At other times, your loved one may be lashing out at you or their situation in denial or anger. We rarely can control the events that trigger such situations, but we always can take ownership and control […]

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One last conversation

Our class reunion committee had always been an active, organized group, who somehow managed to make their every-five-years’ workloads look effortless. This year, our 50th, was no exception; this year we gained a website! The Internet seemed to blow up with composed bios and updates, shared memories, uploaded photos comparing then and now. As seniors, […]

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Pain shaming

There seems to be a movement underway among many healthcare specialists––an insistence on your going under the knife, needle, scalpel or internal prod, yet evidencing no apprehension whatsoever, much less any of what they term “discomfort” before, during or after. Sorry, but I’m not at my best while having an injection into an already inflamed […]

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Walk right in

Once you’ve been a caregiver yourself, you’ll likely give some serious thought to how much you’ll someday want to be on the receiving end. Chances are good that you’ll prefer to skip the entire enterprise. Well, great news: There’s a way to do that. And no, it doesn’t have anything to do with dying young. […]

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Boss lady

At some point during Mom’s last year of life, we kids realized that the only TV station she was watching was Animal Planet. It ran in her living room pretty much around the clock. So we approached her about calling the cable company to cancel as many tiers as possible. She would save, we said, […]

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Just checking

Paula had descended into the caregiving pool gently at first, toes only, when she began stopping by her mom’s house every morning before work. Just to check. Making sure she was awake, dressed, and sipping freshly brewed coffee. Then one day Mom reported being down to dregs––so the next morning, Paula stopped at the drive-thru […]

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The cringe factor

In 1962 my parents decided they could trust us four kids to remain at home alone while they joined friends for dinner. A huge mistake. I was 16, Tim 14, Kevin 11, and Gael 9. Within ten minutes after Mom and Dad drove away, Tim would begin pummeling Kevin, just like that older brother Wayne […]

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OCD for old people

Obsessive-compulsive (OCD) behavior seems to run in our family. Several of us have it in regard to order and neatness, a few with rituals, a few with germs. As a child I used to giggle whenever I watched my grandfather wipe down his plate and his silverware with a paper napkin before eating. Decades later […]

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