Tag Archives: Family

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 […]

Who Do You Want Your Children to Follow?

Biographies are one of my favorite stories to read or watch. I’m fascinated by how we all live the life we’ve been given, overcome our challenges, and achieve our goals. When I was a child, saints topped that list of biographies. These were the people I wanted to emulate.   It would be interesting to […]

Is It Normal Aging?

What It’s Like Your husband went out to run some routine errands and said he would be back in an hour. Four hours later he calls from a clerk’s phone at a convenience store across town. He doesn’t know where he’s been or where he is. This is not the first time, and it will […]

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 […]

Love Them Where They Are

Like sunshine on an overcast day rays of the man I knew peek through the clouds leaving me longing for more. How well we who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease know the feelings of this poem found in the beginning of my book, Navigating Alzheimer’s. One minute our mother seems to recognize us and […]

The Alzheimer’s Spouse

Alzheimer’s claims the lives not only of those with the disease but all those connected to them as well. And the closer we are to the loved one with Alzheimer’s, the more we are affected. Certainly, Alzheimer’s damages everything about the partner with the disease as he or she slowly diminishes physically, mentally, and emotionally. […]

The Alzheimer’s Teacher

Loving a spouse with dementia for decades comes with tremendous heartache. The treacherous path that must be tread requires steady, patient, and unstoppable footing as well as a thick skin. But through this journey, I’ve also gained some wisdom. Here are a few things I’ve learned from loving a spouse with Alzheimer’s: Faith, family, and […]

Your Perfect Prayers

“There are many ways to show devotion, many ways to pray. Your journey to Mary is as individual as you are. There are no rules when praying to her. No one way is better than another. Mary listens to all prayers, whether they are crude or refined, simple or elaborate, silent or aloud. You can […]

Fighting for a Future Without Alzheimer’s

The last few weeks have been all about the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walks. I’ve been raising funds, briefly spoke at the walk in Naperville, Illinois last weekend, and am participating in the Fox Valley Walk this coming weekend. My fundraising efforts have been entirely online. Work and family responsibilities fill my days leaving me with no […]

Happy Birthday, Mom!

My mother, Patricia (Patsy) McCarthy Doyle, would be 90 years old today. Imagining her at this age is difficult for me. She died at the age of 70 in 1999. When I was young, I didn’t understand why people would mourn their loved ones decades after their deaths. I get it now. No matter how […]