Category Archives: long term care insurance

End of the Ride

My phone rang as I was exercising at home on the last day of March. The hospice nurse attending to Mom called to suggest I get down there soon. “She’s transitioning.” This is hospice-speak for “her body is breaking down … Continue reading

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Another Moving Experience

For the last three years, my mom has lived in two memory care group homes. When she arrived in her first one, she was at an awkward stage of her illness; she had moderate dementia and profound psychosis. She’d been … Continue reading

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Happy New Fears

My husband is in a quandary about how to spend New Year’s Eve. He remarked this week about how his favorite celebration in the last few years was spent at home, toasting the arrival of the New Year with champagne … Continue reading

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The Toughest Talks: 8 Things You Have to Discuss with Your Parents

When you’re growing up, one of the toughest things your parents have to summon the guts to address is usually “the facts of life.” Telling your kid about sex is difficult for most folks, and it’s not exactly fun to … Continue reading

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The Warrior

Yoga helps keep me flexible and “sane.” I attend a Monday night class regularly. At this point in my life, I am able to practice at home on my own, but the energy generated by a roomful of “yoginis” is … Continue reading

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Long Term Carelessness

In the process of caregiving, one thing that simply can’t be overlooked is dealing with insurance companies. It’s a hideous part of the role one must play. The hoops one must jump through, the forms one must fill out, the … Continue reading

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