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What Japan Can Teach America About Family Caregiving

This essay was originally published in The Huffington Post. Re-posted with Jacobs’ permission. One after another, three young social work students stood up and tearfully shared their experiences of growing up caring for grandparents with dementia in their family homes. Later, a middle-aged physician talked with pride about frequently visiting his still-healthy, 94-year-old mother to […]

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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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