Caring for Sarah: Extraordinary adventures in caregiving

Posted on 07/18/2014 by | Communications Manager - AARP Illinois | Comments

Home & Family Anybody who provides care for a loved one knows there are tough times – times when you may have to make gut-wrenching decisions. Or times when you have to make deep, radical changes in your own life in order to help and care for those you love. But there are also – surprisingly and thankfully – times when you share a laugh or create a memory with the person you care for. One such time happened to me and Sarah, …

Caring for Sarah: The Picture In Illinois

Posted on 06/27/2014 by | Communications Manager - AARP Illinois | Comments

Home & Family It’s been a quiet start of the summer for Sarah, my mom. She’s getting used to the new wheelchair we got her for the times when she goes out of the house to doctors’ appointments, church or social occasions. The weather is warm, which means her tired bones don’t hurt as much. She loves summer. During the peaceful summer days my mom loves to go her favorite chair in the living room, where it’s cooler, and read, take a nap, or …

Caring for Sarah – The Challenges for Spousal Caregivers

Posted on 05/16/2014 by | Communications Manager - AARP Illinois | Comments

Home & Family It was one those days of ‘what if’ questions with my mom. I was driving her back from a doctor’s appointment. I was listening to the radio and she was – I thought – napping. She opened her eyes, looked at the road, and asked: what if your father was alive? What about it, mamá? Well, you know. Would he be taking care of me, or would I be taking care of him? Most likely the latter. Says who? There …

Caring for Sarah: Thanking our Nurses (and Caregivers, too!)

Posted on 05/6/2014 by | Communications Manager - AARP Illinois | Comments

Home & Family My mom is a chatty gal. I’ve known this all my life, but it never ceases to amaze me that she doesn’t let language barriers get in the way of a good conversation. When I take her to her appointments she loves to chat with the nurses that take care of her before the doctor sees her. Many nurses in the Chicago area are Spanish speakers, some are not. It doesn’t make any difference to my mom, who chats them …

Caring for Sarah – Dealing with Alzheimer’s (Part I)

Posted on 04/4/2014 by | Communications Manager - AARP Illinois | Comments

Home & Family Today I will not talk about my mom, Sarah. A close friend of mine has shared with me the story of her mom. Both shall remain anonymous. My friend – I will only identify her as C. – is a caregiver along with her siblings for their mom who lives in the St. Louis, MO, area. C’s Mom is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s with sharp short-term memory loss. C. talked to me about her two most pressing issues: …

Drive Green Into Spring: 5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Driving

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee From recycling, to sustainable grocery bags, to “Meatless Mondays,” Americans are finding many ways to “go green.” If you’re interested in reducing your carbon footprint, making environmentally conscious decisions doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, there is one simple way to curb your impact on a regular basis. It starts with your driving. Most Americans rely on their personal vehicle to get around on a daily basis. But unfortunately, our cars are a significant source …