Treading Dark Waters - a Column by Ray Burow

happiness, breast cancer, death, secret, disaster preparedness, support

As a former caregiver to an elderly parent who had Alzheimer’s disease, Florida-based Ray counts it a privilege to write columns discussing the day-to-day challenges associated with the onslaught of memory loss. Fighting a relentless foe, caregivers find themselves in the deep trenches, right alongside their loved ones. Her goal is to assist the caregiver on their journey by encouraging them to keep trudging through the mire of uncertainty. “I will be your harbinger of better days to come, so that you’ll know it’s possible to make it through the dark hours, and that even a difficult journey through Alzheimer’s disease can be punctuated with optimism. May you find joy on your journey.”

National Family Caregivers Month Is a Chance to Spread Happiness

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Caregivers Should Connect to Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and of course, its purpose is to create buzz and mindfulness about the disease. In the United States, breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer among women. Skin cancer is No. 1, according to the American Cancer Society.

The Reality of Death and Caregiving

Death is a part of life. True, but in the face of loss, that’s not very comforting. Regardless of the circumstances, whether someone you love has been ill for a long time, passed away suddenly, or was burdened with dementia, the sadness that accompanies their passing is palpable. When my…

Preventing Bias Against People With Alzheimer’s Disease

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The Dirty Secret Behind Caregiving

Do you know the dirty little secret of caregiving? Here it is: No one loves it. None of us like to admit how much of a struggle it is, because it makes us sound like bad people. But caregivers who hate caregiving aren’t bad, just honest. Allow me to quickly…

Alzheimer’s Care During a Catastrophic Event

By the time this column is published, Hurricane Laura will have made landfall. As I write this, all eyes are on Louisiana and Texas, but Arkansas and the mid-Mississippi region also will be affected. Of course, today we have learned the extent of devastation, but on this side of…

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