Guardian Angels: Volunteering to Make an Impact

Nobody knew much about Roger. His niece had dropped him off at the nursing home one day, saying there was a family emergency. Could they keep him overnight? Days passed, and then weeks. Some thought that Roger’s niece had been pocketing his Social Security checks, and when authorities started catching on, she bolted. Whatever the reason, she never came back. Enter Mark Desmond, Roger’s volunteer guardian. Mark, a newly retired sales manager, was determined to find out all he could about Roger, …

Time of Death: Life-Affirming TV

Dying is a subject most people would rather not talk about, let alone base an entire television show on. But on Time of Death, Showtime’s poignant, oddly beautiful docu-series that premieres tonight at 10, there’s no escape from watching life’s final act. The show follows real people who are terminally ill - medical treatment may keep them alive for a while, but there is no hope for recovery. All the main subjects of this show will die: It’s the rare TV …

Moving Beyond Loss in Words and Pictures

When Judith Fox‘s husband died at 53, she found herself in an “alien world” of grief and shock. At only 50 years old, she didn’t know any other widows and had no idea how to process the loss. Fast forward three years, and Fox was lucky enough to find love again. Three years after that, her second husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. An award-winning photographer and writer, Fox transformed these difficult experiences into inspiration for her books. Her latest, One …

8 Rich Resources for Needy Animal Owners

There’s a lot of attention on taking care of older adults, but what happens when the elderly need help caring for others – in this case, their pets? The owners might be ill or have mobility issues and can’t walk their dog, for instance. Or, their fixed income and rising daily living costs make feeding Rover or Kitty an expense they can no longer cover. Annual expenses (i.e. vet visits, food and supplements, boarding, toys) for dogs and cats are …

Family Affairs: Do Your Kids a Favor

This is a guest post by Bart Astor. The other day I saw an ad with the headline, “Do your kids a favor.” It went on to say, “You checked for monsters under her bed, sent her to the best school, and helped her buy her first car. Now, do her one more favor.” That favor involves making plans in advance and communicating your wishes to your children. The ad, for a funeral home, takes a subject people don’t like …

Do You Live Each Day with Purpose?

When you wake up in the morning, do you think to yourself, “I’m so excited, because today I get to… (fill in the blank)? No? I have teenagers, and on occasions I hear the following proclamation, “I’m bored!”  Usually said out loud to the world in general, with only one part (unsaid) that is directed at me:  “…and what are you going to do about it?” Boredom, idleness, and lack of motivation can often be linked to a lack of …