Caregiving: Positive Steps to Take

April 4, 2016 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.


By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Dr. Pat has asked Megan Riddle, M.D./Ph.D. to consult with a wife who is overwhelmed with caregiving for her husband and is seeking advice about ways to share the responsibilities and the steps she can take to improve her quality of life.

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Pet Therapy: The Power of a Beating Heart

March 31, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Joan S

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

A therapy dog is a dog who can bring her talent for loving to therapeutic use. I had known about pet therapy programs for a while and experienced them firsthand when my husband was hospitalized for an extended stay.

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The Wednesday 5, Pre-Oscar Edition

February 26, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


An Oscar-themed Wednesday Five, in which we get to rejoice that ALL actresses nominated for Best Actress category at the Oscars are in the “Women’s Voices” demographic!

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Being Dead Is No Excuse

March 23, 2013 by Martha Fontaine LaValla


By Martha Fontaine LaValla

This is one of my favorite book titles. It has many extension possibilities. One my father might have liked is “Being Dead Is No Excuse for Not Planning One’s Own Funeral.” When we went through his neatly entitled “Death” folder, it was no surprise to find his obituary as well as a personalized, pre-printed bulletin for the Requiem Eucharist he wanted, complete with chosen psalms and favorite hymns.

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The Good Death: Going Gently, Surrounded by Love

March 4, 2013 by Patricia Allen

Edna. Pat Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Mommie was waiting for us. I have heard that the dying do wait for those they love, and this has now happened to me twice. Once, when my mother-in-law Natalie was dying, she, too, waited for us as we drove the eight hours from Kentucky to Orchard Lake, Michigan.

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Being in the Moment with Mom

May 11, 2012 by Julie M. Danis

By Julie M. Danis

Mom was mobile but unsteady. Getting in and out of a car was an act of faith on both our parts. We often waltzed our way out of a potential disaster into a waiting seat.“Would you like to dance?” I asked, turning our swaying into a dip. “Oh, yes,” she said with a smile.

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The Economy and the Happiness Index: Women Get Crunched

October 24, 2011 by Gail Sheehy

By Gail Sheehy

Overturning precedent, this generation of women 45 to 55 self-reports the lowest well-being of any age group, according to Healthways’ well-being index. Why?

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The Wednesday 5: Card Games, Women Politicos and Dancing When You Want To

August 3, 2011 by Women's Voices For Change

This week, the blogosphere gave us sharp portraits of family caregivers, a new power woman politico in Portland, Ore., brain-teasing art in New York and new reasons for women to dance as if no one’s watching.

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Post-July-4 Wednesday 5: Men in Hats, Sandwich Generation and Running for Office

July 6, 2011 by Women's Voices For Change

After the holiday, the blogosphere mused on whether we should listen to Kirsten Gillibrand and run for office, reached out to our sandwich generation, and watched Jean Arthur school Jimmy Stewart in how patriotism really works.

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The Library Witch

March 24, 2011 by Roz Warren

WVFC humorist Roz Warren turns a thoughtful and compassionate eye on another side of later life, encountered in her daily role as a small-town librarian.

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Can Eldercare Bring Families Back Together?

September 2, 2010 by Susan Baida

By Susan Baida

In these online, digital times, many families are reconnecting in new ways. Here are some thoughts on how this can help the caregiving journey.

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Focus on Caregiving: Gail Sheehy Talks with Felicitas Rocha (VIDEO)

August 19, 2010 by Susan Delson

By Susan Delson

It started with her mom’s broken hip. But for Felicitas Rocha, it multiplied into something much bigger — until she found the right care manager.

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Focus on Caregiving: Gail Sheehy with the Heath Family (VIDEO)

August 5, 2010 by Susan Delson

By Susan Delson

The story of the Heaths illuminates an important phase in caregiving: the “boomerang,” when once you’ve figured out how to manage the new reality of caring for a loved one, things change yet again.

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Focus on Caregiving: The Last Hug

August 1, 2010 by Julie M. Danis

By Julie M. Danis

A daughter recalls a final farewell to her father.

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Focus on Caregiving: What’s Your Family Dynamic?

July 29, 2010 by Susan Baida

Drawing on her experiences as co-founder of eCare Diary, Susan Baida goes through some of the challenges that siblings can face when caring for an aging parent.

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