After the Loss

January 15, 2008 Blog, Caregiver

Sometimes, it hits you when you’re driving. Sometimes, it hits you when you’re at work and you feel as if you’re spinning your wheels. Sometimes, it hits you when get up in the morning before your alarm clock buzzes. What is it? It is the many faces of grief. For the last few weeks, I’ve […]

Last week, I shared with you the overwhelming deluge of emotions that overtook me as I faced the death of my 88 year-old grandfather. But, with family tragedy also comes family drama, and no family is immune – even my own. Tensions rise whenever you gather a large group of people together, and families can’t […]

“Rent” and Teaching the Value of Giving Back Posted by: Jerold E. Rothkoff Posted Date: Sunday, January 6, 2008 21:29 On Sunday, January 6, 2008, my mom, my two nine year old twin daughters, and I spent the afternoon at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.  The Broadway show Rent was playing at the Academy. […]

Several weeks ago, I shared my own current caregiving experiences with you. I was caring for my 88 year-old grandfather, who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. On Friday, December 28, 2007, he passed away, peacefully, at his home with several of my family members by his side. In the weeks leading up to his […]

Your mom, dad, or elderly loved one takes numerous medications. They’re living in their own home, and you want to help them maintain their independence for as long as possible, while ensuring their safety. But, as the caregiver, you’re running around trying to balance several responsibilities at the same time. Therefore, you’re not always there […]

A recent report in USA Today from December 3, 2007 cited transportation needs for the senior population as a growing concern in a country heavily dependent on automobiles. You know that it’s not safe for mom or dad to drive, and you have already used up all of your vacation or personal days at work. […]

During one of my previous columns in the “My Generation” section of the Courier Post, I talked about a few strategies that could help you to balance your caregiving responsibilities. One of them was to leverage the support of family members who may be in town for the holiday season. But what if you needed […]

Dear Readers: Last week, I shared my own caregiving experiences with you. This week, I learned that my 83 year-old grandfather has only a few months to live. On Thursday, November 29, 2007, the hospital doctors communicated that they discovered a large tumor in my grandfather’s small intestine; hence, the reason why he could no […]

Dear Readers: I am writing to you from my new home in the Courier Post. For those of you who have read my “Coping with Care” column on a weekly basis, welcome back. For those of you who are caregivers, my column will resonate with your daily experiences. I am a caregiver, too, and like […]

The holidays are supposed to be a happy time. You walk through the malls and start to hear the festive holiday music. You’re watching television and you see numerous commercials with families gathering around the dining room table for the holiday meal. But you’re situation is different. You’re a caregiver for your spouse, mom, dad, […]

We’ve all heard the saying, “No rest for the weary.” But as caregivers, we deserve some time off from our care giving responsibilities to take care of ourselves. Joanne Solometo, a local caregiver, reminded me how hard it is to pull away. She was the primary caregiver for her 96 year-old aunt, in addition to […]

You are strolling with your mom or dad, and you notice that he/she winces from the pain in his/lower back. Therefore, as the caregiver, you reach for the nearest bottle of aspirin or some other pain medication to help alleviate your loved one’s aching bones. But, have you ever-considered chiropractic care as an additional way […]