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When you or someone you care about can no longer live safely alone, big decisions are in store. The transition from complete independence to having to rely on others for help with things you used to do on your own such as bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, eating, food preparation, or driving, can be a difficult one.
Memory Lane is a sweet tale about a missed opportunity to learn some history and some guidance for others not to do the same. How about some conversation starters for one generation to another.
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Are you a caregiver? Feeling frustrated, helpless, tired, even angry about your situation? And maybe you also feel guilty for having those feelings? You are not alone. None of these feelings are unusual, given the circumstances.
Moving to an assisted living community, particularly as a single person, can feel reminiscent of the high school cafeteria at your new school. Where do I sit? Who do I talk to? Is there a friendly welcoming face in this crowd? Who will teach me the ropes?
Carmen Davailus Buck creates magic with images helping us stand out in the world. She left her career as a nurse practitioner to document the lives of families impacted by dementia and authored Just See Me-Sacred Stories from the Other Side of Dementia. She is a consultant and photographer for businesses and individuals who want to leave a remarkable legacy. She uses photography as an Alzheimer's Advocate knowing less fear = more love, compassion and kindness.
Sherry Cormier, PhD is a psychologist, consultant and public speaker. Formerly on the faculty at the University of Tennessee and West Virginia University, she is the author of Counseling Strategies and Interventions for Professional Helpers and coauthor of Interviewing and Change Strategies for Helpers. She has co-written and co-produced more than 50 training videos for Cengage Learning. Her new book is Sweet Sorrow: Finding Enduring Wholeness After Loss and Grief.