#Caregiver

These passed few weeks have been a little sideways with atypical issues demanding attention in my life.  It’s been busier than usual, hard to squeeze out any time for the fun stuff, like writing in this blog.

The silver lining?  I got a new hashtag idea.  Didn’t research it, just decided it’s worth using, for now anyway.

It refers to something I’ve become for my elderly parents.  Not that they’re living in my house.  With three little kids, my wife and I have no time or space to have two seniors living with us.

Fortunately, my parents live in a good home that provides complete assisted living services. Exactly what they both need given their condition.  But my brother and I are the ones who are now managing all of their affairs.  Everything.  Bills, health issues, legal matters, transportation, insurance companies, .

The tables are turned as they so often are.  Grown children taking care of their parents. We are their caregivers now.

It often gets tough, trying to manage and respond to competing interests.  The trump card for me is this:  there’s no higher calling than helping elderly folks have dignity and some comfort at the end of their life.  It’s right up their with being a parent.

It’s up to us to make their life as good as it can be at this point. Giving time, giving energy, giving care.

#caregiver

Friday Faves, Issue #23

And just like that, Voila!  Another edition of Friday Faves for you.  ENJOY!

Destination of the Week:  Verbier, Switzerland.  Ahhhh, where?!  HERE.

Quote of the Week: “I really don’t give a shit what they think about how I dress…why does it matter?  It’s the music that matters.” ~  Yuja Wang

Band of the Week:  Not a band, but a Gen Y virtuoso on the piano. Here’s a sample.

Meal of the Week:  It’s GOOD for you. Oatmeal.  Eat it. Everyday!

Website of the Week: These folks have been a big help lately. A Place For Mom is AWESOME. And free.

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REMINDER:   Your comments are always welcome. I’d LOVE to hear what you have to say, GOOD or otherwise.  If you fancy twitter, you can follow more of the muse via that micro-blogging site:  my handle is @jhludlum ~

Enjoy the weekend!