Families

A Finished Heart: FREE PERFORMANCE

A Finished Heart: FREE PERFORMANCE

When his husband of sixteen years became ill, author and composer Eliott Cherry cared for him at home. He also recorded their conversations in his diary.

A Love of Horses Brings Back Good Memories

A Love of Horses Brings Back Good Memories

When my mother was a girl, she used to spend summers at her grandparents’ farm in Strickland, Maine. It was a special time and place for her and she has regaled us with stories for as long as I can remember. I knew that out of her love of the farm grew a love of horses, and that as a teenager she took riding lessons at Tomlinson’s Riding School in Westbrook and was also a member of the riding club at Portland High School.

Yesterday, I heard a new story. “Grandpa had workhorses,” she told me. “I used to like to help him. I remember sitting down on the side of the wagon as he was going through the fields and haying. I loved going with my grandfather.”

Questions to Ask when Choosing a Home Care Agency

Questions to Ask when Choosing a Home Care Agency

Jean, who is 86-years-old, has Alzheimer’s disease. Little by little, her ability to take care of herself and her home has diminished. Her children promised her that she would be able to stay in her own home, but as her condition worsened, the challenges mounted. In order for her to be safe, Jean needed someone nearby at all times. It was an impossible situation for her family, so on the advice of her doctor, they looked into home care agencies. Read more.

Down Syndrome: A story about Myles

Down Syndrome: A story about Myles

My grand nephew Myles was pretty excited about Hurricane Sandy. Couldn’t wait to get home from school to turn on the television and the computer so he could check the weather reports. He even put together a survival kit. Read more.

Ten Things You Should Know About Head Lice

Ten Things You Should Know About Head Lice

Head lice. Ugh. Been there, done that. Twice. The first time: The school sent home instructions to check our kids for lice because they were going around. Sure enough, after searching and searching my husband found one. One is enough to start the purge.

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How Home Care Helps Elderly People Remain Safe and Happy at Home

How Home Care Helps Elderly People Remain Safe and Happy at Home

 

Jean is a fiercely independent woman. Even though she recently celebrated her 86th birthday she insists that she's perfectly capable of taking care of herself and her home. That's not what her family thinks.

When Jean's husband died three years ago, she made it clear that she wanted to continue living in her own home. Her children, who all have families and full-time jobs, stepped up to the plate and supported her as much as possible. About a year ago they began to notice some worrisome signs — meals uneaten, bills not paid, and their usually immaculate mother in dirty clothes, her hair not combed.

Jean's family came up with a plan. Those who lived nearby would take turns spending the night and preparing meals. One would pay her bills; another would do the grocery shopping.