Driving and Your Loved One

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Driving and Your Loved One When is time to stop driving and how do you approach it? Begin with understanding that for many of us, driving is important because it represents independence and control. We drive to engage in social activities, go to work, and take care of daily needs. When a loved one is facing the loss of driving,

Caregiving is Overwhelming: Take Small Bites

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Nobel prize laureate and anti-apartheid campaigner, Desmond Tutu, said, “There is only one way to eat an elephant, a bite at a time”. Of course, I would never really eat an elephant,  but what Tutu meant is that when we are faced with overwhelming tasks in life or when there is so much to accomplish, we can do so by

What If You Don’t Like Your Loved One

Karin PaulyProfessional Advice3 Comments

Daughter's hand on top of mother's

What If You Don’t Like Your Loved One? It isn’t always a happily ever after…. Let me preface this article by saying what you are about to read is a tough topic, but an important one. If fact, it might be exactly what you needed to hear at this very moment. When working with caregivers my goal is to support

Caregiver Burnout

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Take Care of You, Your Health is at Risk Let’s face it, caregiving is hard work! Really, really hard. In fact, I believe it is one of the most challenging roles in the world. I discovered during my journey of caregiving there were many who just didn’t “get it” – what is involved in caregiving, the changes to the caregiver’s

10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

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When I decided to dedicate more of my life to caregiver support and began researching resources and support options for family and informal caregivers, I was drawn to the Alzheimer’s Association. They are on a mission to cure Alzheimer’s, they conduct thousands of research studies, provide a vast amount of knowledge about dementia to the public, raise awareness…AND their caregiver

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

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My dad’s name was Reverend Charles P. Beronius, but to our family and those who knew him well, he was “Chuck”. Even members of the churches he served at called him, “Pastor Chuck Beronius”. My father served as an ELCA Lutheran Minister for over 50 years– in fact, just a few months before he died, he was filling in for

My Mother’s Stroke

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Everything Changed in the Blink of an Eye My mother, Nancy, suffered a stroke in 2013 when she was 78-years-old. She actually went blind from it, and it was the catalyst for her moving from my home into assisted living at Shepherd of Grace in Becker. Nancy’s stroke was one of the most traumatic experiences of my life. Parts of the

Gail’s Love for Beverly

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Gail’s story of her mother, Beverly, is one that is very dear to me. You see, Gail and I grew up in the same small, farm community in southern Minnesota. As kids we didn’t know each other all that well, but like all small towns back then our families were connected. Gail was in my brother’s grade. Her family attended

It’s Dementia? Now What?

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You’re out in the doctor’s office lobby hall with your sister, brother and your mother who Dr. Jones just diagnosed as having Alzheimer’s disease. True, you all suspected this as Mom has been getting worse with her memory and other symptoms for years, but no one, even Dr. Jones seemed ready or willing to make the call. She got a lot

Caring is a Work of Heart

Karin PaulyCaregiver Stories, Family and Friends Stories3 Comments

Don and Helen Wedding
A Special Story Caregiving is a gift of love, and what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than read about a story of life-long commitment, and faith. A story of how end-of-life and the love around it, is supposed to be. This story is special to me, as Helen and Don are my mother and father-in-law. They are my family