Reader Connections

The ElderHealth Community Shares Treasured Holiday Memories

A version of this piece appears in the Holiday 2022 edition of the Heart at Home quarterly newsletter. Ben Thomas, Member The joy and satisfaction of Christmas Day is remembered from long ago with my parents and six children. While the youngest children were excited by Santa’s gifts, several were …

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Reader Connections: Lessons Learned

Written by David Luery, ElderHealth Member In March 2020, my wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s by a neurology practice here in Tucson. Like most neurology practices, they were not equipped with the support services that can be so helpful for both patients and family caregivers. At the outset of my …

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The Dharma Box And Meaningful Communication

As a child, I kept a box under my bed as a place to hold items special to me. Some were gifts given by family or friends. Others were objects I called “my treasures,” objects perhaps found in a souvenir shop while on vacation, or by chance while out walking, …

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Reader Connections: The Walsh Family And The Power of Patience

In September of 2021, as I was reviewing charts to prepare for my initial visit with new members Frank and Pat, I noticed the name of a diagnosis I was unfamiliar with: progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP).  Below Frank’s PSP chart entry was a note: “Laura, I was diagnosed with progressive …

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Reader Connections: ElderHealth Member Contributions to The Heart at Home Newsletter

A care partner, as a caregiver, it can be challenging and exhausting to find meaning in life amidst the chaos and turmoil of illness. In questioning the very point of life, an existential crisis, or dread, we lose the feeling of safety and control. Our predictable world is thrown out …

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