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It is my distinct honor and privilege to post articles to the Senior Home Care Blog twice per month. I share stories and insights derived from my personal and professional experiences as a caregiver. Fundamentally, I am by nature, nurture, and necessity a caregiver. Caregiving is common ground. A common concern. So, I hope you find my reflections beneficial. If so, invite others to check out my blog! Please click the link to view my latest posting.
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No Mulligans on the 18th Hole - Coming In 2019!
On March 15, 2016, I recalled the words I had uttered countless times over the past decade regarding the end of life. "Companioning our loved ones to the end of the road is one of THE hardest things we are called to do in this life - as well as one of THE most sacred. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Death doesn't offer a 'do-over.' We either embrace the journey or we don't!" So on that morning, as I read the text message informing me of the imminent death of my brother, I knew exactly where I needed to be, where I wanted to be - with my brother. There would be no mulligans on Richard's 18th hole. No do-over's. This is the story of how companioning my brother at the end of life transformed how I choose to live. The final blessing from my big brother.
Caregiving is a universal concern today. Sooner or later, you will be called to care for a loved one. An aging parent. An ill spouse, partner, friend, or child. And ultimately, you will require additional care. Are you prepared to care? To receive care? These are important questions to consider before the caregiving crisis lands on your front porch. Caregiving for the GENIUS offers you the motivation, inspiration, and education necessary to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to caregiving.
Prepare to Care—Pure Genius!
From the Desk of Jane W. Barton
For the past 6 years, I have posted monthly reflections on various aspects of caregiving and aging for AARP Colorado—The Caregiver’s Cairn. Cairns, as you probably know, are piles of rock used historically to mark or designate a trail. A landmark of sorts. An indicator that you are on the right path. In like fashion, I hope that this caregiver’s blog will serve to guide you throughout the journey of caregiving and/or care receiving. Please click the link to view my latest posting.