Steve Wishman is the founder of Zen and the Art of Caregiving, and author/illustrator of How Mom Died, a webcomic/memoir chronicling his experiences as a caregiver for his mother at the end of her life.Read How Mom Died
It's a thing I have to remind myself of, again and again. People in moderate and severe stages of dementia often are unable to engage in conversations about respect or political correctness.
It's been nearly a week since Dad called to let me know he was sabotaging the help he asked me to give him. This is an outcome that I knew was coming and the pattern goes something like this...
Recently, my dad went to an appointment with our family dentist without me. He's always had an easy time with dentists so I thought it would be ok to let him handle this one on his own. What could go wrong?
I designed the ZAOC logo as an homage to the traditional Korean Dojang seal ("chop"), and decided to get an actual stone seal made this Xmas.
Yesterday we had the pleasure of attending A Caregiver Christmas, an annual event produced by Loving Them Forward in Vancouver Washington.
Seriously, Nobody teaches this stuff in school? Why is this the first I was learning about any of it?
A heartbreaking look into the life of a funeral director—a collaboration between Reveal and The Nib.
It seems like a traumatic event can unlock our ability to lead a life with fewer regrets.
Not everybody grieves the same and not everybody dies the same.
The road to retirement is paved with obstacles. Who writes the rules for this game?
Being a caregiver for dementia patients is challenging enough, but caregiving for your own parent with dementia can be a herculean task.
Mike Flanagan's Midnight Mass on Netflix is a show I completely didn't expect.
Everyone is just trying to do their best, even if their best is a little shitty right now.
"Better to have loved and lost than to have never loved," as the saying goes.
The only objective reality is that we are all united by the pain of existing and the desire to be loved.