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Author Archives: Carol Zernial

A Detour on the Caregiving Journey

Caregivers with the lived experience of providing care often share pearls of wisdom. At a recent caregiver workshop about the positive aspects of caring for a loved one, a woman emotionally asked, “What do we do with the extreme grief that we feel?” A wise and helpful caregiver responded, “Grief is a detour. Allow yourself […]

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Living While Caregiving

The acknowledgement that serious illness and disease is a part of life, and that people are living with Alzheimer’s, cancer, and other chronic conditions has given me a new perspective. I now realize that the family members and friends helping those with frailty and illness are living with/while caregiving. Over the years, we have heard […]

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Best Performance in a Supporting Role

Many of us are not the primary person providing care to a relative or friend. We’re the daughter who lives in another city, the son who lives across town and travels a lot for business, or the sister who wants to help but has a family of her own. What’s the best role for us? […]

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
The Basics of Getting Help

Many people who are caring for a family member or friend believe that they are the only ones who have ever gone through this experience. While every caregiving situation is unique, the act of caregiving is common indeed. For those who feel isolated and frustrated, the good news is that there are some services to […]

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
A Game of Caregivers

By Carol Zernial Caregiving can actually be very similar to trying to conquer the seven kingdoms of the known world. Just like the HBO series, A Game of Thrones, caregiving has its own magical qualities, mythical beasts, loyal banner men and women, and schemers who may be working against us. Some of us are redeemed […]

Monday, May 6, 2019
The Best of Intentions

By Carol Zernial She was his high school sweetheart, so when he got cancer after 47 years of marriage, she knew that she would take care of him no matter what. They would get the best doctors and fight it together. She had the best of intentions. He was the third generation in a row […]

Monday, April 1, 2019
The WellMed Charitable Foundation Sponsors the National Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementia Summit

By Carol Zernial WellMed Charitable Foundation The WellMed Charitable Foundation is proud to sponsor the third Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias Summit hosted by The National Institutes of Health (NIH) on March 14-15, 2019 in Bethesda, Maryland. This year’s summit will build off of the past two summits (2013 and 2016) along with the National Alzheimer’s Project […]

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Not the Perfect Caregiver? That’s OK

By Carol Zernial WellMed Charitable Foundation I don’t know everything. This statement would be met with no surprise and great agreement among my family and friends. There might also be a smirk on a few faces that I had miraculously discovered this fact. In my younger days in school, I would be frustrated at not […]

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
La felicidad es una opción de vida

Todos queremos ser felices. De vez en cuando asomamos la cabeza para medir qué tan felices somos. Compramos cosas que nos hagan felices. Invertimos mucho tiempo y mucha energía en la búsqueda de ese estado que parece ser bastante escurridizo. ¿Acaso no tenemos el derecho irrenunciable a la vida, la libertad y la búsqueda de […]

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Ejercitemos nuestra memoria muscular

Al estar limpiando y sacando los montones de recortes, papeles, libros, cintas, etc. que le pertenecieron a mi mamá, descubrimos que su ansiedad fue mucho más grave de lo que nos habíamos dado cuenta. Sabíamos que sufría de ansiedad y que le habían diagnosticado trastorno de pánico, pero nunca supimos cuánto se esforzaba por controlarlo. […]

Tuesday, February 26, 2019