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The Orphaned Adult
Bereavement

The Orphaned Adult

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With the death of my mom, I lost my last parent. Being 32 and parentless is a punch to the gut, one that knocks you to the ground and leaves you bloodied to face the world ahead. It makes you face yourself in ways you weren’t prepared for; it forces you to look in the mirror and see who you are, maybe even for the first time.

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Caregiving Moments

Things I Wish I Knew as a Caregiver

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You can never be fully prepared to take on the role of a caregiver. Whether it is caring for an elderly adult in your life or a child with special needs, you will need to be able to face the challenges of caregiving on a regular basis. At the same time, you should know that there...
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The Volunteer Perspective

Pet Therapy Volunteer “Maggie”

Maggie at the office Being a pet therapy volunteer has been an experience like no other. Maggie is a calm and lazy girl who makes a perfect therapy dog. She has visited dozens of hospice patients and brought some much-needed smiles to patients and families. One patient shared a wish: “I just want a dog...
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Caregiving Moments

How to Be an Effective Caregiver

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It only took one diagnosis for my life to be completely altered. The first time I heard that my father was diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy I knew immediately that everything else was going to be put on hold so that I could be there for him. I packed up my bags and moved back...
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Fathers who lost their wives
Bereavement

The Group

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This post originally appeared on February 14, 2018. We're reposting now in honor of all the fathers who have made a similar journey. None of us wanted to go.  It was approximately six months after our wives had died, and we were all still stunned.  We were ripe with grief; shocked; stunned with the mess...
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Bereavement

Paying Homage to My Dad on Father’s Day

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I was 10 when Dances with Wolves came out. I thought it was a beautiful film, but all my family took from it was the humor in nicknaming people after their traits. My father called me "Talks-A-Lot" until I asked him to stop as a 12th birthday present. He wasn’t a coddler. Anything that could be...
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Alzheimers Disease
Free For All Fifth Week

Sound Advice for Covering the Costs of Alzheimer’s Care

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Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, gradually eroding both the mind and body of those suffering with the condition.  That means people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s often need assistance for an extended period of time, and much of the care most people need isn’t typically covered by insurance.  With that in mind, it’s important to explore your...
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Caregiving Moments

Best Ways to Stay Happy and Healthy as You Age

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Taking care of yourself is a continuously evolving strategy—there’s no right way to do it. Your needs change over time so it’s natural to adjust the way you stay happy and healthy over time. One of the most important factors in this process is to remain self-aware of your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs. Once...
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Who I Am Now
Bereavement

Let Me Tell You Who I Am Now

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I am still a person like you, with a life like yours, yet not.  I am still a mother like you, yet not at all like you, all at the same time.  I wish there was some way you could understand me, without becoming who I am now. You see, there’s a pain I carry,...
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Free For All Fifth Week

How Seniors Can Sleep Better

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Seniors are often no strangers to sleep problems. Age brings with it changing sleep patterns that include less time spent in deep rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, leading to nighttime waking and daytime fatigue. However, the quality of your sleep depends, in part, on your personal habits and behaviors. That gives you an opportunity to...
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Bereavement

Managing Sleep While Grieving

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Losing a loved one can take a large toll on your emotional well-being. It’s very common to experience many challenges going through daily life activities while you’re in a period of bereavement. While some of the challenges you face may be expected and something you can prepare for, there are others which may not be...
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Clinical Perspectives

Chiropractic Adjustments and Lowered Blood Pressure

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If you are looking for a way to lower your blood pressure, chiropractic adjustments may be a viable option for you. Instead of filling your body with medications loaded with side effects, a simple chiropractic adjustment has been found to lower blood pressure without harmful side effects. The chiropractic adjustment is so effective that it...
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Bereavement

Reuse, Repair, Reimagine, Reclaim

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While on a recent vacation, I walked past a thrift store with the words, “Reuse, Repair, Reimagine, Reclaim It!” emblazoned across the outer walls of the building. I was so struck by these words I paused to take a photo. Although the thrift store’s slogan likely referred to material goods, my grief counselor brain saw...
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Clinical Perspectives

An Angel Grew Wings

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As Transitions LifeCare recognizes 40 years of service to our community, we reached out to staff for their memories through the years. #TLturns40 In 1985 my beloved Grandfather was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Treatment had failed, and he was admitted to hospice care in Syracuse, NY. He died November 16, 1985. The care he received...
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Caregiving Moments

Your Guide to Paying for Alzheimer’s Disease Care

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No matter how prepared you may think you are, long-term care and end-of-life care require a massive investment of money that may be spread out over months or even years. This can be even more impactful if you or a loved one begins to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Here are some ways you can begin...
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Caregiving Moments

Difficult Decisions: What to Do After a Terminal Diagnosis

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Being diagnosed with a terminal illness changes everything in an instant. Priorities immediately shift, questions about insurance and your estate arise, and final dispositions must be made for end-of-life care and funeral arrangements. If you’re too ill to take on these tasks yourself, it'll be necessary to call on a spouse, friend, or family member...
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Caregiving Moments

What You May Not Know About Mesothelioma

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Healthy Lung Month, observed each October, reminds us how important our lung health is and how lung diseases affect millions of Americans. For those with mesothelioma, October means something extra special. Asbestos diseases are more rare than other common lung diseases and are much more difficult to diagnose. Although more rare, mesothelioma is equally as...
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Bereavement

Grandma

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A few months ago, my spouse and I sat around a table with my entire family and announced a new member soon to arrive. The energy in the room was palpable: hugs, congratulations, and laughter. I felt so much excitement in sharing this news with my family, yet my mind wandered to the person not...
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Caregiving Moments

COMPASSION = COMmunicate + PASSION

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TL staff recently had the privilege to hear from the husband of a hospice patient we served a few years ago. Many thanks to Don W. for his kind words and continued support. In a venue such as this, two questions often come to mind regarding the speaker: Don served at the Marine Corps Air...
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Clinical Perspectives

“Nothing is guaranteed”

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"Nothing is guaranteed." Kelly said it, and she believes it with all her heart. But what Kelly does with this belief is pretty amazing. Since a diagnosis of stage 1B1 cervical cancer during her pregnancy in 2010, she’s undergone several surgeries, chemo, radiation, and an ileostomy. But those are just her clinical activities. Time with...
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The Volunteer Perspective

“I did what my country asked me to do”

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Master Sergeant John Y., United States Marine Corps veteran was honored on July 15, 2018, with a "We Honor Veterans" ceremony held at the American Legion Post 116 in Fuquay-Varina. Paul Mountain, a veteran volunteer for Transitions LifeCare, shared recognition and thanks to John and all who gathered to honor him for the veteran ceremony. Jeff...
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Bereavement

Gabby: From Feral to Family

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When I started working at Transitions LifeCare (TL) I didn’t realize I’d receive far more than a paycheck. I’ve been blessed with so much more. I’ve made such wonderful friends here. I mean, I’ve always made wonderful friends everywhere I’ve worked but this is a bit different. I would say I never work a day...
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Clinical Perspectives

Disenfranchised Grief

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"Disenfranchised grief" is a term coined by Kenneth Doka in the 1980s. It refers to a loss that the griever feels unable to fully mourn because of societal views about the circumstances of the death or the person themselves who died. Some common reasons* that people may experience disenfranchised grief include: Loss of someone society...
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Bereavement

Tips for Supporting Someone in Grief (repost)

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#TBT to June 24, 2015 Someone you know is grieving. Perhaps it is a friend, a colleague, a family member, a spouse. Offering support to someone who has had a loss can be very challenging. It may be difficult to find the right words to say, and that can lead to some awkward conversations. This...
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Bereavement

Tips for Coping with Sleeplessness

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Research indicates that grief and loss can have a significant impact on sleep. Sleep is disrupted in many ways: in the struggle to fall asleep, poor sleep quality, and difficulty in staying asleep. In the case of poor sleep quality, some bereaved individuals may find they sleep more than usual and wake feeling exhausted. Staying...
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The Volunteer Perspective

A Special Night Out

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It was an exciting game. The Dean E. Smith Center was a sea of Carolina blue and the men’s basketball team didn’t disappoint. Together with more than 20,000 other fans we cheered the Tar Heels on to victory.  Final score: UNC 83, Notre Dame 66. But what I was most impressed with was the family...
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Bereavement

What No One Tells You About Grief

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  Grief it brings need the naked freeze caught in the frost Numb unbearable thoughts your inner need fire not lost --Tori Amos - Reindeer King (Native Invader, 2017) I lost my father last February. It was really hard to even write those words down. I know that it had happened; everyone close to me knows that...
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Bereavement

W-I-N-T-E-R: How to Honor Your Grief

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Things tend to slow down in the winter. The holiday bustle wraps up in a flurry and in settles the cold, quiet calm of winter. In grief, the season can bring mixed feelings. For some, the quiet season of winter is a relief after spending those first holidays without a loved one. For others, the...
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