Haiku to Mom

For Mother’s Day this year, haiku poetry seemed an appropriate medium to express feelings about our moms: short and sweet; direct, descriptive, creative; gets the point across without embellishment-kind of like our moms, right?!   Here is my haiku for Patricia, my Mom, who surprises and amazes and teaches me every day. Fragile and yet strong Her heart grows for her children Mom is love warrior  – @amygoyer I tweeted out my haiku and put out a call for haiku about mothers via my Twitter and …

7 Tips for Safety When Loved Ones Travel Alone

My heart is wrenching for the family of Victoria Kong, an 83-year-old woman who recently traveled by herself from Barbados in the Caribbean to Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C.  Somehow, she got off the plane and bypassed a wheelchair that her family said they had arranged for her.  Airport cameras caught her in the taxi line, but later captured images of her walking away from the airport along the river path. On Monday, her body was found in the Potomac river. …

Things Grandparents Never Thought They’d Do

Do you find yourself at an imaginary tea party? What about slaying a dragon with a cardboard sword? Rolling down a hill at high speed? Listening to Justin Bieber? Laughing repeatedly at knock-knock jokes? How about umpiring a wiffle-ball game? If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, and you are not under the age of 14 – you may be a grandparent. If you are a grandparent and have found yourself doing something you never thought you would, we …

TEDMED’s Great Challenges Day Addresses Caregiver Crisis

Recently, I participated in the first TEDMED Great Challenges day which addressed 20  great challenges (see my previous post about the Dementia Tsunami, one of TEDMED’s Great Challenges). I participated in a breakout group of about 20 people who rolled up our sleeves and dove into a discussion of the “caregiver crisis.” It was an afternoon full of passion and spirit among all contributors. Many of us are or have been caregivers; others approached the topic from a business viewpoint (those who …

Grandparents Can Help Grandchildren in Aftermath of Tragedy

While details are still being learned about the explosions at the Boston Marathon, I wanted to share with you how you can help your grandchildren heal from a tragedy like this. We want them to be active and healthy throughout their lives, and encourage them to exercise -  perhaps even become a runner – and they might have questions about today’s events. So, how can we help our kids and grandchildren cope with these traumatic events? How can we help …

Anne Samaan: Inspirational Caregiver Blazes the Trail

Not even 5 feet tall, she was tiny but powerful; she filled up a room. She was my second “mommie;” counselor, comforter, friend and inspiration. Dr. Anne Samaan, my best friend Laurette and her sister Jenny’s mom, and my godchild Catalina’s grandmother, died last week; she was 91. The world is dimmer without her sometimes colorful presence. She has influenced me since I was 6 years old, especially because she was a caregiving pioneer. She taught me how to make choices …