Don’t be afraid

After nearly a year of trying to get the blog to look more appealing and wondering if I should feature more breaking news, I decided it’s the content that matters. And what seems to matter most to the people I talk to when it comes to taking care of a parent or elderly loved one is how to do it. Friends often ask what to do. How to do it, and what type of help they can get and where they can get it.

So I’ve decided to go back to my original idea of sharing snippets of my experiences taking care of my mom.  I hope others can learn from these offerings as they take on or consider taking a larger role in their aging or disabled parent’s care.

I’ll also include breaking news about things that can or will affect the elderly and what it may mean for people across the country and in my community. I invite you to share your experiences and ask questions by posting a comment or sending an email via the contact page.  If I can’t help you, perhaps a reader can.

Photo By Anissa Thompson

I sincerely hope that after reading MyMothersKeeper many of you will understand that becoming your mother or father’s caregiver is doable whether you do so in your own home, or remotely from your own or even from another community. I don’t regret a single day because I don’t have to lose sleep worrying if my mom is eating, taking her medicine or is safe alone in her home. And I don’t have to worry about someone abusing or taking advantage of her.

I wish you similar blessings.

I'm a working wife and mom who takes care of an aging parent. Only I began doing it full-time, in my home, when I was in my mid-thirties, single and about to make a career change. Thirteen years later, mom is still living with me and I expect it to be that way until one of us leaves this earth. It hasn't always been easy managing her care. (I've helped my mother recover from surgery, and a major injury that required a nursing home stay, as well as the death of my younger brother after a long illness.) But caring for her has been worth it because I know that my assistance means she enjoys a better quality of life as she ages. I hope the experiences and information that I share will help you manage,with grace, the changes that take place in your life as you assume the responsibility of being your parent's caregiver. If you have a question you think I can answer, please contact me at

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