Grit and Graditude

    Some would say you learn the most about yourself when persevering through adversity. That grit, a term that speaks to strength of character,passion and resilience, as well as an ability to accomplish goals, cannot be affirmed until it is tested. Donna Marie Johnson’s grit was tested when her 43-year-old husband was diagnosed with…

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In the early eighties after having suffered a heart attack my grandmother wrote a letter. The letter outlined her wishes should she not make it through open heart surgery alive. She survived but kept the letter, and updated it with her signature every year, for more than twenty years. Her letter was an inexpensive, yet…

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Khloe Kardashian may not immediately come to mind when you think of a caregiver. Yet, when her estranged husband had an unexpected life-threatening health crisis she became his full-time caregiver. Like many caregivers, Khloe dropped everything and literally did not leave his side for weeks. Driven by worry, guilt, and the need to be selflessness,…

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technology_and Caregivers

    According to a recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center caregivers are more likely than other internet users to say they follow their friends’ personal health experiences, to research health information on the Internet, and to have profiles on sites like Facebook, Linkedin and Google. In fact, caregivers are turning to the…

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Psychological distress & family conflicts

        A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center suggested that the vast majority of adults feel a strong sense of duty to care for their aging parents. And although it should be noted that daughters and sons typically feel a stronger sense of obligation to care for their biological family members,…

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