Author Archives: Ray Burow

Carrying On, with Empathy

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” — Anonymous If you’re like a lot of people, the COVID-19 pandemic is the first thing that comes to mind when you awaken, and possibly the last penetrating thought before bedtime. Though we tire of its bad news, we can’t turn away. Like…

How Caregivers Can Protect Their Loved Ones from Coronavirus

Caregivers are on the front line in the fight against the new coronavirus. We aren’t facing it down the same way as medical professionals and researchers are, but we are among the enlisted. Seniors and those with compromised immune systems have a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, according to the…

Should Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s Pitch in with Chores?

When my children were little, I would ask them to help me with the mundane but necessary tasks that came with everyday living. “Please do the dishes.” “Pick up your toys.” “Don’t forget to make your bed.” At the time, their dimpled, sometimes dirty, and pudgy little hands were far…

Small Gestures on Valentine’s Day Can Mean a Lot to Caregivers

Remember when pink and white tissue paper was all you needed for a successful Valentine’s Day? The only thing that was more fun than transforming a shoebox into a colorfully decorated mailbox was the anticipation of how many paper hearts would be stuffed into it by classmates. Valentine’s Day isn’t…

The Link Between Alzheimer’s Research and Black History

In the early 1900s, Dr. Alois Alzheimer discovered the disease that bears his name today. Alzheimer had observed an unusual disease in one of his patients, a woman in her 50s who had memory loss and was plagued by disorientation and hallucinations, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International. She succumbed…