When the Holiday Season Isn’t Always a Happy One

Senior woman at home on Christmas

With the holiday season upon us, everywhere we look we see signs of joy and festivity — sparkling lights in our neighborhoods, commercials of happy families celebrating together, decorations in every store, and social media pictures of holiday bliss. But despite being called the “most wonderful time of the year” and the “season to be jolly,” for many people, the holiday season can be a time of depression, grief, sadness and loneliness. 

The Therapeutic Power of Music

A smiling and content man wearing headphones shows the emotional power of therapeutic music.

We have all been touched by music in many ways — perhaps soothed by a calming melody, motivated to exercise by an upbeat tune, brought to tears by a song linked to a special memory, or inspired to hit the dance floor with a favorite party song. These are just some of the ways that we instinctively use music therapeutically in our everyday lives. Music has the unique ability to stimulate multiple “brain centers” simultaneously, making it the most powerful art form there is. It can unlock the brain in ways that nothing else can.

How to Have Those Difficult Conversations with Our Mature Parents

Mother and daughter talk about aging care decisions

For those of us with aging parents, the time will come when we have to discuss sensitive issues about aging care, such as where they will live, who will make the medical decisions, who will handle their finances, and what their wishes are for their final resting place. You might feel nervous just starting to think about the answers.

More Than a Year Later… What Now?

During the last 14 months of the COVID-19 shut-downs, quarantines, and severe restrictions on social interaction, especially for those with dementia, we have all seen the rapid decline of so many individuals and the negative impact the lost weeks, months, year of family and social connection have had on them.  Many nursing home and assisted… Read more »

The value of dignity in life and in death

A raw and honest conversation from a doctor who lost his mother but values the dignity in life and in death – something we all deserve but sadly, don’t all get. Have a conversation with your loved ones. And with yourself.

Hugs but no kisses?

We all know nothing can take the place of physical affection and human touch, such as a loving embrace, the tender holding of a hand, or a kiss for a loved one living in long-term care. “The emotional, physical and spiritual damage lockdowns of care facilities has had is immeasurable – on the caregiver and… Read more »

Finding a Way

“There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers” (former First Lady Rosalynn Carter). I’m so happy to share this article by Columbia Inspired Magazine that I am featured in. It’s about the… Read more »