Castle or Cabin? How to Find the Right Assisted Living Home

Upon her first visit to St. Francis Villa, a new resident’s 3 year old great granddaughter viewed the building with its turrets and Victorian style and announced with awe:  “Grammie lives in a castle!”  A little one, with no preconceived notions about what assisted living is simply exclaimed in joy over Grammie’s new home. Adults looking for care for a …

How To Laugh When You Want To Cry

“Mom, stay right here til I get back.  Don’t sneak over to your boyfriend’s apartment or anything.” said the daughter with a smile.  Her mom, though weak from an illness popped right back with “That’s exactly what I’m gonna do, sneak to my boyfriend’s apartment… Now, where is it again?”   Laughter amid tears.  Is there any other state of emotion that …

Helicopter Kids: Caring For Your Aging Parent Without Driving Everyone Crazy

We’ve all known helicopter parents.  The ones whose children never do wrong.  They hover around like helicopters, always ready to save the day should anything go awry.  They press for special exceptions and save their kids from life’s little failures, such as a forgotten homework assignment, a lost baseball game or a test that was a little too challenging and …

How Do You Measure?

I heard this song lately and it inspired me… February is here.  By this time, many of our New Year’s resolutions have fizzled and we’re back to square one with all our well meaning intents to lose weight, break a bad habit, or increase our savings accounts.  We all have standards by which we measure success and failure.  We’re looking …