December 5, 2014

Concentric Circles of Caregiving

A large focus of my work and mission revolves around helping caregivers understand the value of self care, and to guide them toward positive and helpful ways to take care of themselves.  This caring for the caregiver idea is significantly more layered than most of us realize. Taking care of […]
November 13, 2014

I am coming up to the 20th anniversary of my beloved father, Jerry Atkins’s death.  Born in 1921, he died in 1994.  He had Alzheimer’s Disease for about 12 years prior to his death. He was younger than I am now when he became ill. My father’s Alzheimer’s changed my […]
October 20, 2014

Being “Present” With Someone Who is Ill

I been thinking a lot about the best ways to being present when someone is seriously ill.  As simple as it may seem, the key is to be present in ways that are most helpful to the person dealing with the health challenge.  Everyone is different and what works for […]
October 13, 2014

Lifted in Prayer

A dear friend has been sick for many, many years.  She recently went through a serious surgery.  I mentioned to someone that I was planning a visit.  Although I don’t know the person well, he paused and said, “my family and I will lift her up in prayer.”   Having never […]