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Dementia: the Wicked Thief of the Elderly

An Overview Dementia, Alzheimer’s, brain stroke, brain injury: these all directly affect the human brain and often cause serious issues within a family.  I have personally known individuals that have suffered brain injury from an auto accident, a hard court basketball injury, motorcycle accident, disease, and now dementia cause by age deterioration of the brain. … Continue Reading

How Can I Change My Spouses . . .

The Best Way to Rewrite History Ken Sande, Relational Wisdom 360 Jerry’s wife had filed for divorce. She was willing to mediate the legal issues but made it clear she had no interest in reconciliation. Ted had a similar problem with his church. Months of unresolved tensions had overflowed in a contentious elders meeting, with… Continue Reading

A Forgotten Bible Verse about Marriage

Hopefully, you are accessing the plethora of information about marriage, family and its related issues and problems on the Internet.  If you are a bit old school or traditional, then much of the information on the Internet is also available in book form.  There are also thousands of videos available as well.  You can find… Continue Reading

Caregiver burnout: The Cost and Management

My second bout with caregiver burnout was far worse than the first by magnitude.  It “hit me like a ton of bricks.”  Gini was well into her second recovery, physically–many times improved since surgery at the NIH; mentally–improving steadily in memory and emotional state; functionally–she was wanting to begin managing the household again.  Me, I… Continue Reading

A Tribute to My Father (and all Fathers)

June 20, 2011 This is my first Father’s Day after my Dad’s death last Oct. 5.  I miss him.  He was a great, wise confident. He was a man of conviction and a man of action.  He served his fellow man like no one I have ever known. He enlisted for the Navy Dec. 8,… Continue Reading

What a Family Restoration Can Look Like–From a Friend

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you”. Paul’s words to the church…Ephesus 4:31-32  A Testimony of God’s Patience, Grace, and Mercy By Randy Sharp What comes to mind when… Continue Reading

A Protracted Illness: Challenges for the Family_Part 1

“How long O’ Lord, How long, will you forget me forever?” Psalm 13:1 had become a recurring prayer I offered to the Lord. I was walking the halls of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD hundreds of miles from home, separated from family and friends. The staff with whom I interacted… Continue Reading

Train Up a Child: Proverbs 22:6

What was Solomon really saying? “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it,” Proverbs 22:6 Introduction The study of Proverbs can be fascinating and is always rewarding, but we need to enter it with seriousness and a desire to learn.  Solomon wrote… Continue Reading

A Storm is Coming: To a Marriage Near You

The year was 1957; I was four years old. Snapshots in my head from the first storm I remember are burned into my memory. We were watching news coverage of a tornado on the ground in Dallas, TX on the oval shaped screen of our black and white television. My father suddenly said, “that sure… Continue Reading

Other Encouraging Signs with Dementia

I was awake because of back pain last night.  I happened to hear Mom or the aid talking so I got up and went downstairs.  Most of the time when I enter the scene in the middle of the night it is to try and help with Mom.  Last night was very, very different. We… Read More