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By 2030, 1 in 5 Americans will be retirement age.

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Kelli Bradley

In my thirties, I was focused on my career, traveling, recently married, and beginning what I thought would be the rest of my life. But when my mom was first diagnosed with diabetes, all of that changed…

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February is a month of bitter-sweet memories—a blend of miracles, somber reflection, joyful celebrations, and poignant loss. As I gaze out at the gently falling snow, I`m transported back to a cold, crisp night illuminated by the radiant glow of a full moon. It was on this evening that my mom took her last breath.

The hours leading up to that moment were agonizingly long, each passing minute laden with the weight of impending loss. Despite the inevitable, the reality of my mom being gone forever was a brutal blow to comprehend. My mom`s resolve to cling to life was awe-inspiring, her determination unwavering in the face of relentless health challenges.

Living with diabetes and its myriad complications was just the tip of the iceberg for her. Cancer, blindness, kidney failure, neuropathy, heart disease—each adversity knocking on her door, yet she faced them all with unparalleled courage and resilience. It`s unfathomable to imagine one person enduring such unimaginable trials.

Looking back, I marvel at her ability to maintain hope amidst the darkest days. Her love for her family, unwavering pride, and joy in us fueled her spirit. It`s our turn to honor her legacy by sharing her story and helping other families navigate the tumultuous caregiving path.

None anticipate embarking on this journey, yet sometimes life thrusts us into roles we never imagined. But through it all, we persevere, drawing strength from the love and memories we hold dear.

In honoring my mom`s memory, I am reminded of one of her favorite quotes encapsulating her indomitable spirit:

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." – Mahatma Gandhi.

May we all find the strength to carry on, inspired by the resilience of those who have gone before us.

Love always, and thank you, Mom, for your love, guidance, and unwavering support.

#CaregivingJourney #InMemoryOfMom #StrengthThroughAdversity #FamilyLove #Resilience #MahatmaGandhi
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🌞 A Sunday Insight: Navigating Nutritional Challenges in Caregiving 🌞

This Sunday, a simple moment between my mom and Gram illuminated a common challenge in caregiving: the struggle to encourage nutritious eating. Despite our best efforts, understanding our loved one`s needs and preferences can sometimes feel like navigating a maze.

🍽 Why is this important? For individuals with chronic conditions, nutrition isn`t just about eating; it`s about maintaining the foundation of their health.

🤔 But how do we address this? From identifying underlying causes to enhancing the appeal of meals, there are strategies we can employ to support better eating habits.

I invite you to join the conversation in `The Nest,` a private community where caregivers and healthcare professionals share insights, challenges, and victories.

Whether you seek advice, need a listening ear, or have experiences, `The Nest` is your haven.

👉 Join us today, and let`s tackle the caregiving journey together. Your insights could be the hope for someone in need. http://www.thedevoteddaughter.com/thenest

#Caregiving #Nutrition #HealthcareCommunity #JoinTheNest
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Why you should stop saying, "I am sorry," when consoling someone who has lost a loved one.

Have you considered the empty space that question creates when someone has experienced a life-changing loss?

Please take a minute to check out our blog post today for some insightful communication tips when someone is grieving.
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💕 Happy Valentine`s Day! 💕

Some days are etched in memory, and Valentine`s Day holds a unique place in my heart, though not for the reasons you might expect.

On this particular Valentine`s Day, my mother`s critical illness loomed heavy in our minds. Just two days prior, we had a crucial intake meeting with the local hospice team, yet my mom clung to hope for one last doctor`s appointment.

The morning of, I arrived at her house early to find her red outfit laid out on the bed. Despite her legal blindness, she somehow managed to make a fashion statement.

Preparing for the appointment proved to be an ordeal, and after hours, we were finally ready to go. Armed with printed directions from MapQuest (ah, the days of old!), we set off. But upon arrival, my heart sank as I realized the building was deserted, with no sign of the physician`s office.

Frantically, I called the office, only to be met with the news that they had moved locations a month prior, an update overlooked online. My pleas for an immediate appointment were met with the crushing reality of a four-month waitlist. I knew time was a luxury we couldn`t afford.

The most painful part was breaking the news to my mom and grappling with the weight of disappointment and missed opportunity. It was an honest mistake, yet one that continues to haunt me.

As caregivers, we strive to do our best, yet sometimes we fall short. Today, amidst the celebrations of love, I want to remind you all to show compassion not only to others but also to yourselves. May your day be filled with love, understanding, and kindness, both for yourself and those around you.

#ValentinesDay #Caregivers #Compassion #Love #SelfCare
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Navigating Alzheimer`s Care: Caregivers and Healthcare Professionals Alike. A Collective Responsibility.

My cell phone buzzed for what felt like the 100th time that day. "Kelli," the voice on the other end of the phone said quietly. I had been waiting and dreading this call all afternoon. As I watched the sun setting outside my office window, I wished for peace amidst the storm of emotions.

The caller was my nurse, Karen, who had just completed a scheduled evaluation with one of our clients, Janet, who was living with Alzheimer`s disease. Janet`s story is one that many of us in the healthcare profession and countless family caregivers know all too well. It`s a narrative of love, resilience, and the heart-wrenching decisions that come with the progression of this disease.

Karen`s voice brought me back to reality as she recommended that Janet seek placement in a facility with more medical care and supervision than our agency could provide. Deep down, I knew this moment was coming and agreed with her findings.

For those of us navigating these decisions, here are a few key takeaways:

Thorough Research: There is a need for diligent research into the history and practices of potential facilities.

Open Dialogue: Conversations with healthcare providers, potential facilities, and, crucially, with our loved ones are essential to making an informed decision.

Seeking Support: The journey of Alzheimer`s care is not one to be walked alone. Engaging with communities, both online and in real life, can provide invaluable support and guidance. Check out our new community, The Nest.⬇️

Professional Advice: Guidance from healthcare professionals like @teepasnow, especially those specializing in Alzheimer`s and dementia care, can offer insights that inform better decision-making.

Janet`s transition is a shared story of many families and professionals, serving as a call to action for all of us to support one another in these challenging times.
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