How well do you know your parents?

How well do you know your parents?

“Do you know where your children are?” was a popular public service announcement (PSA) that ran back in the late 1960s when there were youth curfews all across the country. Those children, now aging baby boomers, may need watching again, by their children. On one of...
Memory Support

Memory Support

Our Stories Are Us offers recently diagnosed individuals exhibiting signs of dementia and their families an opportunity to connect in a structured, meaningful, loving and caring way.  Humans connecting with humans is the underlying value proposition of Our Stories Are...
A Lesson of Regret

A Lesson of Regret

Questions that don’t get asked, don’t get answered. One of my greatest regrets was not having spent the time with Mom and Dad exploring their life experiences. My siblings and I were very fortunate that Mom and Dad anticipated us eventually...
An End of Life Lesson: Why was Dad in the Psych Ward

An End of Life Lesson: Why was Dad in the Psych Ward

My dad and I were saying goodbye, knowing this would be the last time we would ever see each other.  While in an embrace, a hospital employee was tugging at his arm trying to get him into a scheduled session with other patients on the floor.  There apparently was a...
The Declining Value of Age: People and Antiques

The Declining Value of Age: People and Antiques

  How are people like antiques?  The value of antiques increase over time because they become more rare.   A person’s value increases because he or she becomes wiser as a result of a lifetime of experiences. However, I’ll be the first to admit that this concept...
The Family Narrative is a Complex Thing

The Family Narrative is a Complex Thing

Whether a family is “normal” or “dysfunctional”, having a recorded narrative that spans generations is important.  Our stories need to be told to each other and to subsequent generations. Most of us over 40 know someone who has lost a parent or grandparent regretting...
A “Write” of Passage: The Life Review

A “Write” of Passage: The Life Review

Someone in your family is approaching approaching the latter stage of their life. Whether you are talking about it with them or not, looking back on one’s life experiences is as natural as the very young anticipating future life experiences. As we age, questions...
Acknowledge the Life of Someone You Love

Acknowledge the Life of Someone You Love

Taking the time to acknowledge the life of a person is the greatest honor you can bestow on another human being.  We all want to be remembered. We want to have made a difference in this life. As we age to the point where we begin to contemplate our own mortality, this...