CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2004 |
During his lifetime, Fletcher Jackson has had many friends, but none like Susan Townsend. His days at a Pasadena convalescent hospital begin and end with a phone call to Townsend, who visits him once or twice a week, occasionally bringing her husband and two children. The rattan bookcase in his room is from Townsend's home. The bulletin board she got him is covered with postcards from her recent trips. Sometimes, she surprises him with strawberry ice cream, his favorite.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2001 |
After 6,800 miles, the cab fare from New York City to Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood was about $10,760. It's a good thing the sole passenger will not have to pay. By the time this road trip ends in Washington, D.C., in a couple of weeks, the fare will be about $25,000. Social activist Theresa Funiciello is on a mission to heighten awareness of tax benefits for caregivers. From Detroit, to Cheyenne, Wyo.