Caregiving

Kristen Kemp and her mother, Carolyn; photo courtesy Kristen Kemp

Her Mother With Alzheimer’s Sang ‘Silent Night’

Dementia had taken away so much from her mother and her family. But at the Christmas Eve service, she realized their faith would see them through.

Two female friends

God’s Abiding Presence

“Hey, you around?” I texted my friend Jennifer, who was also my manager at the store ...

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Putting Things in Perspective

“I’m ready,” my mother called from her room. “Fold your blanket. I’ll be ther ...

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Am I Wasting My Time?

While I was fixing supper, my wife, Candy, was in her recliner working on ...

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Senior woman praying at home

Stop the Stigma

The theater lights came up and my husband smiled as the credits rolled. Even though he had been ...

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Good Food and Good Love

Old Sarge, as my dad was called, never complained about the physical indignities he suffered as P ...

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Thoughtful woman standing in her doorway

Letting Go

I knew my daughter Danielle would be okay, but would I? Danielle had told me about her ...

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Smiling woman enjoying the outdoors

Smiling the Smile

“Here! Put this up. And get me a drink!” Mom said a little more harshly than I hoped she mean ...

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Senior man smiling

Bringing the Sweetness to Life

When I was a child, one of the best things about visiting m ...

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Edward Grinnan and Gracie

How Do You Plan to Connect With Others Over the Holidays?

Social interactions are crucial to our health and happiness, especially during this season.

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Life’s Storms

I can bend, but I won’t break! This became my mantra after reading about how palm trees have th ...

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An adult woman and her senior mother walk along a beach

5 Ways to Move Past Caregiver Denial

It’s not easy to accept that a loved one is dealing with dementia. From educating yourself to hiring respite care, here is how to come to terms with a difficult diagnosis.

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A Divine Nudge Healed This Mother-Daughter Relationship

How an inexplicable urge to return to her hometown mended her difficult relationship with her mother.

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Necessary Transitions

“After two years, I was screaming inside my head. That’s when I finally knew it was time for ...

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Flowers by a window

Beauty Spots

My mother-in-law Stevie encouraged me to buy a painting. The gold frame held an image of a baby g ...

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Your Strengths May Become Your Weaknesses

My husband, Bob, stood there, angry and immobile. The load of free bricks I was collecting for ou ...

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