Category Inspired Caregiving

Eat Well. Live Well.

Q: What do you call someone who can’t stick with a diet? A: A desserter. Nothing works without a source of energy. Even machines need fuel to keep going. And the better the fuel, the better we perform. Good nutrition is key to optimum health and the ability to perform mentally and physically to the […]

Visiting Memory Care Homes

Adding to the heartbreak of having a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented families from viewing memory care homes and seeing their loved ones once they were placed. I can only imagine how difficult this was. Visiting my husband, Marshall, as often as I wished allowed me to remain close to him […]

Memory Lane Games

Visiting with a loved one with dementia can be complicated. We must watch what we say, how we say it, and the words we use. “Discussions” need to be basic and clear to avoid confusion and frustration for both of us. Finding activities enjoyable for both family members offers an opportunity to share time and […]

Forgive Yourself

“Everything is clearer in retrospect. You know what or how you could have done something better when looking back. Things are not so clear or easy when you are under pressure to care for your loved one 24/7. Your responsibilities are great, and you often must perform your duties without proper rest or assistance. Most […]

Price of Protection from COVID in Memory Care Facilities

Under the best of circumstances, overseeing care of loved ones in a memory care home is emotionally draining. Our loved ones’ care is beyond what we alone can provide. They require a team, and that is what they are getting in their care facilities, along with our love and attention. Yet, it’s difficult to witness […]

Healthier, Happier New Year

Do you have a resolution for the new year? Statistics say more than half of us begin a year with one but few of us keep it. The best way to do so is to choose a goal that is realistic, and I’ve written a book that can help you with that. Inspired Caregiving. Weekly […]

New Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease

The earlier someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease the earlier treatment may begin. The ability to plan for the future and utilize resources may then be done before cognition is diminished. Finally, a blood test is market-ready that can identify amyloid plaque, the strongest pathological hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease in the brain. C2N Diagnostics’ PrecivityAD™ […]

God Always Wins

My step-nephew, Ron, and I recently had a conversation about the disturbing current events and tension in the world. We talked about how much we need to pray for peace and justice. Ron ended with this thought: “Not to worry, Mary. God always wins.” Those words have continued to echo in my head ever since. […]

New Book to Boost Caregiver Morale

Most of us care for someone at least at one point in our lives. We tend to the needs of children, parents, and spouses. And many of us work in the field, caring for “strangers” as if they were our own family. My newest book, Inspired Caregiving. Weekly Morale Boosters, offers doses of encouragement and […]