Families

Coping with guilt and other uncomfortable feelings when caring for a loved one with dementia

Coping with guilt and other uncomfortable feelings when caring for a loved one with dementia

If you are providing any type of care to someone who has dementia, chances are good that at some point you have experienced feelings of grief and guilt. These are feelings that often leave people feeling uncomfortable and ashamed. All they really mean is that you are human, and you are in the midst of a difficult journey. Read more ...

Autism: the gateway to a great adventure for Roman Waites and his family

Autism: the gateway to a great adventure for Roman Waites and his family

What will you do on your summer vacation? Roman Waites and his family are going on a monumental cross country roadtrip and they're going to document their journey by making a movie. Have no doubt — Roman will play a starring role. Read more ...

A Walk with My Mother

A Walk with My Mother

She still has far more sense than I will ever have. My mother. Who has Alzheimer's disease. We decided that it was a lovely day for a walk along the ocean on Portland's Eastern Promenade Trail. The sun was out. It was warm. My mother reached into the closet for her fleece jacket. "Ma," I said as brightly as the sun was shining. "It's too warm for that jacket. How about something lighter?"

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How to Recognize a Deer Tick and Protect Yourself Against Lyme Disease

How to Recognize a Deer Tick and Protect Yourself Against Lyme Disease

Deer ticks  — tiny creatures that barely tickle when they crawl over your skin. Makes me shudder just to write the sentence. If you hoped they didn't survive the winter, forget that notion. They did and already, more than 50 cases of Lyme disease have been reported in Maine. Last year, more than 1,375 cases were reported, which was a record high for the state. Read more ...

A Taste of the Mediterranean: Herb Baked Fish and French Potato Salad

A Taste of the Mediterranean: Herb Baked Fish and French Potato Salad

Several weeks ago, I decided to try cooking some Mediterranean style meals for me and my husband. I'm not sure how it happened, but over the years he became the family chef and I admit it, I took him and his cooking skills for granted! He was more than happy to get out of the kitchen and be on the receiving instead of the serving end for a change. Read more ...

How telemedicine helps some elderly people stay home longer

How telemedicine helps some elderly people stay home longer

Rita, who is 79 years old, has congestive heart failure, a chronic health condition that lands many people in the hospital or nursing home. Telemedicine has allowed her to closely monitor important vital signs and stay in her own home. Read more ...