Monthly Archives: June 2012

Powerful quote echoes challenges of eldercare in the family

So someone sent me this quote the other day. It really made me think about what all of us who are deeply into caregiving in the family experience: our range of emotions, the highs and lows and all in-between. See what you think, and how you feel about it in light of what you are doing with that aging loved one.

“The most beautiful people are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.”
— Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross

Elder abuse recognition goes global

So June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It’s very good to see global recognition growing about what really is a much bigger problem that most even dare suspect.

You may remember reading my December 2011 blog about elder abuse: The concern and confusion about elder abuse. In that blog I examined some of the ways abuse is inflicted on the elderly. The fact is that elder abuse is more prevalent that any of might want to believe or even imagine. It’s sad, pathetic, and ugly.

Please make a commitment right now to ensure that if you see any signs of any kind of elder abuse, that you’ll confront it, report it, help the victim deal with it. And if you have any examples to share, I know we’ll all learn from it.

Palliative care: An important end

So there comes a time on the journey of eldercare where an ending looms ever larger. It’s a time for some critical choices. One option is palliative care, and the link here will take you to my newest quarterly article in Hospital News on just that sensitive topic. I hope you will find it useful, and your own experiences are always welcome. Learn More