To inaugurate my 2020 blog season, I reviewed ten years of extended eldercare trials and the protracted aftermath that did not see me return to any semblance of stability until about two years ago. That is when I finished sorting 50 years of accumulated parental possessions combined with 34 of ours. I then promised you a next series entitled “Carol-Ann’s Top 10 Caregiver Peeves”.Read More
How to Survive Eldercare Craziness
Incredibly, we’ve completed the first week of September. No matter the North American or other school systems, classrooms are getting into full-gear. That means it’s also time to return to some fundamental eldercare lessons.Read More
Intentional Birthday Reflections
You know, one of the things I love about being born in early July is that my special day falls about mid-way through the year. What a great time for course-correction!
As I’ve lately been inviting all of you, I’m taking a page out of my own books to stop and deeply contemplate my life. In my case, this has to do with completing six decades. Every year since my parents passed away in 2010 and 2012, I gain new perspectives about their role in aiding my development, toxic as I found our journey growing up.Read More
The Caregiver’s COMPLETE SUPPORT System
Here we are… We have shared a series of weeks defining the COMPLETE SUPPORT to which you are entitled from government, institutions and agencies as a caregiver to aging parents or relatives, a significant other, friends, neighbors or even colleagues. Today’s post summarizes the elements of this important acronym for your ongoing reference.Read More
12 Survival Strategies for Coping with Your Un-cope-able Parent
What is an “un-cope-able” parent?
Let me put it like this. If you’ve ever:
- Verbally fought just short of coming to blows over gently proposing a new life-chapter to your elderly parents;
- Met unquantifiable resistance in merely hinting your headstrong duo leave their soothingly-familiar residence (or at least consider in-home care because they no longer manage basic daily tasks);
- Applied your full catering power and still your exhausted capacity comes nowhere close to satisfying their needy bottomless pit.
Congratulations! You have impossible parents!
Oh, to have cooperative aging folks. Alas, you drew the proverbial straw’s short end and pulled resistant seniors.
The Grocery Store Trials
Picking up where we left off with “Eat Your Vegetables”…
More than once across the decades, my Dad protested as a point of “manhood”Read More
Eat Your Vegetables!
With the bounty of fresh summer fruits and vegetables overflowing our grocery aisles, I must first express gratitude. Having recently celebrated our 148th Canada Day, I might suggest this is a freedom many born here – as opposed to those who arrived from less-fortunate distant lands – could take for granted. Still, mine is not meant to be a political diatribe!
Rather, I’m thinking about my Dad’s chosen eating habits in the midst ofRead More
Health, Wellness & Safety Magazine COVER STORY: It’s Okay to Hate Your Parents
Special thanks to Health, Wellness & Safety Magazine!
Three years ago, Carol-Ann Hamilton was at her wit’s end. Her mother, plagued by growing mental and other challenges, had passed away. Now, she was forced to deal withRead More
Timing Is Everything
To my previous posting, I could add this bit of “good” news. After my Mom passed away, the ACTION of Initiate became considerably easier Read More
Mediating Between the Factions
To resume where we left off, I needed to stand up to my father, no matter his blustering reaction to being called on the carpet for his self-centered attitudes. Gosh knows, I have the internal mettle.
Had I done so, Mommy’s final daysRead More