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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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Sexual Disruption In Family Caregiving

This essay was originally published in The Huffington Post. Re-posted with Jacobs’ permission. Sex was the last thing on their minds—not those of the couples affected by illness, but their myopic healthcare professionals. Bob was 42 years old and had had a right-brain stroke two months before, leaving the left side of his body weak […]

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Why Caregiving Doesn’t “Suck”—A Sympathetic Rebuttal

This essay was originally published in The Huffington Post. Re-posted with Jacobs’ permission. Family caregiving “is life-disrupting, frustrating, painful and heart-wrenching,” she wrote. “It is time-consuming, exhausting, frightening and depressing.” Above all, Huffington Post Senior Writer Ann Brenoff contended in her variously sad, angry and bitterly funny June 23 article, that caregiving isn’t “rewarding.” Part […]

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