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    In The Lingering Light–A Book Encouraging Caregivers

    I interviewed my friend Cynthia Fantasia about her new book In the Lingering Light: Courage and Hope for the Alzheimer's Caregiver. For you caregivers, Cynthia's honestly and vulnerablity about her personal journey is truly a gift. I've already given books to two friends, knowing that it will encourage them and provide wisdom as they care for their husbands. For me, the book was a great help in understanding more of what it means to be a caregiver to those with memory loss. I believe it's a must read for ministers, as well as famly and friends of caregivers.  One of the things that I loved about In the Lingering Light…

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    20 Ways to Care for the Caregiver

    Many of my friends and family members have parents with Alzheimer’s. Others have loved ones in assisted living who require additional attention. Caring for them well is the right thing to do (1 Tim. 5:4, 16). But the caregivers also need care. Research indicates that about a third of caregivers die before the person for whom they’re caring. It kind of makes sense. Caregivers have little time to get to their own doctor appointments. They’re sick of sitting in clinics with loved ones. And they put off routine care. So they may miss the benefits of early detection. Many of those to whom we minister are caring for others, and…

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    Memories, A Legacy or Lifeline?

    A popular storyline recurring regularly recounts the tragedy of a person who loses their memory due to some tragic event. Then, beset with amnesia, the hero searches for what has been lost and the story unfolds.  Remembering and recovering becomes a victory.  In a similar way, the devastating illness of Alzheimer’s robs a person of their memories and devastates those who love them. Losing the lifeline of memories becomes a living heartbreak. Memories represent the legacy of a life and become a lifeline .  Yet as I was reminded by a young pastor some years ago Jesus knows we are a forgetful people.  He instituted a special meal to jog…