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My Vexing/Gratifying 7 Years Of Caregiving

This essay was originally published in The Huffington Post. Re-posted with Jacobs’ permission. On April 26, while lying motionless in her nursing home bed with closed eyelids and a gaping mouth, my 86-year-old mother took two last short breaths before peacefully going still. Her death from complications of dementia and kidney failure brought to a […]

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Angry Caregivers’ Misguided Blame

This essay was originally published in The Huffington Post. Re-posted with Jacobs’ permission. “What made you decide to end your marriage?” I asked the exasperated 42-year-old woman in my office. We were having one of those post-op individual psychotherapy sessions shortly after the couples therapy I conducted with her and her husband had failed. Our […]

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A Family Caregiver’s Death Watch

This essay was originally published in The Huffington Post. Re-posted with Jacobs’ permission. You stare at me for a moment, then ask in a tentative, lowered voice as if already speaking of the departed, “How will my father’s Alzheimer’s disease kill him?” Shifting in your chair, you look away as if unsure you really want […]

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