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“I must have lifted too much weight at the gym!” Bob complained to my mom. Bob was my mother’s 84-year-old husband. Every morning at 5:30am he would go to the gym, joke around with the guys, and lift weights. A bout with metastatic colon cancer...

Ruth was sitting up in her bed, quietly clapping her hands to music no one else could hear. “Isn’t this the most beautiful party?” How do you respond?  Brian and Sharon have cared for Ruth in their home for the last 12 years. They have learned...

“I love my neighborhood! Lived here for 50 years, and can’t imagine living anywhere else! I’ve seen all the neighborhood kids grow up right next to my own, and now I see new little ones come trick or treating at my door. See that tree...

Nancy quietly contemplated the newly decorated Christmas tree glowing across the living room.   The small white lights gave a warm and peaceful glow to her childhood home, illuminating the newly arrived hospital bed in which her mother nestled.  A small smile came to Nancy’s lips...

John pulled his tired and old frame back into the airport wheelchair, his old legs nearly giving out.  He wasn’t as strong as he used to be!  The trip to the airport in Colorado Springs had been hard enough.  The plane aisle was hard to...

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...