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Erika, an ACCfamily caregiver, came to this country from El Salvador 17 years ago.  At first it was a difficult transition. Her English wasn’t good enough for many jobs, so she worked as a cleaner while she took English classes, eventually qualifying for Job Corps...

“How old are you on the inside?”If you are around 50, I’ll bet you feel like a person in their 30s.  My mom is 78, but she really feels like she’s 60.  Ask around, and I’ll bet you’ll find that most people feel 15-20...

Last month, one of the most capable women I know was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.  Ann* is one of 60,000 people this year who will be given this  life changing diagnosis.  At age 60, she is looking for hope and solutions for this next phase...

“Mom?”  Amy anxiously called out into the entry hall as she put down her suitcase.  Her childhood home looked nothing like the immaculate house her mother maintained after the kids left for college, and the grandchildren were grown.  “Mom, are you there?”“Well, Amy! What a...

If you are like me, you find great inspiration in movies. I was especially inspired by the new Star Wars movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  In Rogue One, hope was the catalyst that gave our intergalactic heroine, Jyn Erso, the courage to stand...

Lucy was racked with doubt…did she care enough for her mom?  Could she do more?  Should she do less?  How could she know the difference?  Or the answer?  Mom certainly gave her enough clues, but from both sides.  Yep…should do more.  Nope…should do less.  Shoulda,...

The NIH has released new research on the brain, some of which could significantly improve brain function of those with dementia.  There is no cure for dementia and, up to now, there has been no way to stop the progression of dementia once it begins....

Summer is finally cooling off and we are almost to autumn.  Autumn is my favorite season of the year!  I like it because we all seem to start something new in the fall.  Some start school, some start college.  Most of us start a new...

With the possibility of a polar vortex before us this winter, let's remember to take extra precautions to stay warm.Here's a few suggestions from mentalfloss.com.1. Warm yourself first2. Wear a hat3. Turn on the ceiling fan4. Block drafts with a pool noodle5. Dress your windows...

The statistics posted recently on US News.com say it all: The growing number of Americans caring for their aging loved ones often face financial strain along with their daily caregiving responsibilities. A survey this year of 1,345 family caregivers by Caring.com found that 46 percent of caregivers spend...