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Mature woman sleeping

Resting in Sweet Memories

“Good morning,” my mother would whisper as she woke us up. “I just turned on the heater, an ...

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Mother and her infant

Empowered

He wouldn’t stop crying. I had tried to comfort my infant son for hours. The issue he was havin ...

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Senior woman watching TV

New Beginnings

My grandfather loved to make people laugh and was always the life of the party, while my grandmot ...

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Chocolate chip cookies

Sweet Moments

Ken arrived home after another emotionally exhausting visit ...

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Women having coffee together

Making Time for Myself

I escaped to my front porch rocker for some time alone ...

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Senior women laughing

A Time to Laugh

After his move to nursing home care, my father-in-law J ...

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Bench on a mountain at sunrise

Just as God Ordained

In the mid-1990s, I took our church youth group to a co ...

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Adult daughter helping senior mother on a walker

Always Ready to Help

My grandmother was the person I most wanted to be like. Nothing kept her troubled. Despite a life ...

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Instruments

When Music Heals

Gene was the quietest participant I’d ever encountered as a volunteer at OASIS, a respite care ...

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Edward Grinnan

Finding a New Kind of Family in a Memory Care Unit

In the throes of Alzheimer’s, a mom discovers care, support and even a “lifelong” friend.

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Happy seniors

Angels on Earth

“It may be time to get hospice involved,” the nurse at Mom’s facility told me. Wa ...

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Christmas tree branches

Celebration

My mother-in-law loved every holiday and celebrated with sparkle and Pinterest-worthy decorations ...

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Fresh vegetables

Regroup and Recharge

After work two days a week, my husband, Jean-Claude, cooks large batches of steamed zucchini, car ...

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Little girl playing with bubbles

Catch

Mom had been home from colon surgery a little over a week when her physical rehab nurse stopped b ...

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