November 27, 2006 |
JOE WOLF still remembers his wife, Joanne, as a healthy 18-year-old with long brown hair and a '61 Chevy. They met through a social group at a Presbyterian church. They got married and had two children. These days, he trims and curls Joanne's hair, because she no longer is able to do it herself. He brushes her teeth. He helps her dress. He cooks, cleans and drives her in a specially equipped van to the gym, where she battles the debilitating effects of two strokes.
November 5, 2001 |
Some of Dorothy Traver's childhood memories involve her and her sister, Jeanne Harrigan, doing typical kids' stuff, like watching cartoons or tearing open presents on Christmas morning. Plenty of other recollections, however, involve Dorothy playing a more maternal role with Jeanne, who's just 11 months her junior. Dorothy remembers, for instance, helping Jeanne get dressed or guiding her across the street. Today at age 52, Traver, who lives in Wheaton, Ill.
September 29, 2003 |
Frank discussions between caregivers and ill or dying patients not only can ease the patients' fear of becoming a burden, but can prevent eventual feelings of guilt in their loved ones. Yet increasingly, caregivers must make irrevocable, life-altering decisions on loved ones' behalf -- without knowing what they would have wanted.
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March 14, 2007 |
Each morning Frances Chavis sneaks out of her house for 6 a.m. prayer, hoping to get back before her husband wakes up. Chavis, whose husband Lemuel, 72, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2003, spends her days as a "shadow" -- watching over her husband and the house, making sure everything is done correctly -- and, when she can, she naps. And every morning, after about two hours in church in the Crenshaw area, she returns to her home with the motivation and strength to go on.
March 11, 1999 |
Susan Gollas inherited her family's farm in Sacramento County when her father died, recompense for the 13 years she cared for him while his health deteriorated. Seven months later, Gollas opened her mail to find a bill for $120,000 from the state to repay Medi-Cal for subsidizing her father's final two years in a nursing home. Dorothy Muscari's mother, deaf and mute, begged her to move west from Illinois after Muscari's father died in 1963. The two women bought a house together in Salinas.
December 12, 2000 |
For those left behind, the death of a loved one in an airline crash is a free fall into a living hell. Shock. Hope. Denial. Numbness. Anger. The emotions are so intense that for decades, air safety officials have ducked behind bureaucratic barriers to insulate themselves from victims' families. Now, the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization is drafting standards to make the cruel, chaotic aftermath of a crash more humane. Their model is a 1996 U.S.
February 6, 2012 |
David Solie thought he was being a good son and a competent manager. But his strong-willed mother was having none of it. Carol Solie, 72, had been caring for herself, her 28-year-old son, Roger, who has Down syndrome, and the family home in Portland, Ore., since her husband died in 1989. From David Solie's vantage point in Calabasas, it was too much. So once a month, he would travel nearly 1,000 miles north to set things right. This son decreed that his mother should move someplace easier to navigate -- an assisted living complex, perhaps.
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December 3, 2008 |
More than a year after the death of rapper Kanye West's mother, state officials are investigating her nephew, a registered nurse who oversaw her recuperation after her plastic surgery, according to a person with knowledge of the probe. Stephan Scoggins, who received his nursing license in 1990 and has an advanced degree in public health, was in charge of caring for Donda West when she returned home Nov. 9, 2007, after a 5 1/2 -hour operation.
December 18, 2000 |
Within the next few days, airports will be overflowing with travelers heading home for the holidays. But adult children expecting a joyful family reunion may find an unpleasant surprise awaiting them: a sharp decline in the health of an elderly parent or family member. The sad fact is that an older person's circumstances can change quickly. A broken hip or an illness can transform a self-sufficient senior into a frail, needy person who requires constant attention.