Creating Your Aging Care Network

As a society we have long accepted the premise that it takes a village to raise a child. There is a need to adopt the same type of thinking when caring for ourselves and loved ones as we age. With aging typically comes an increase the frequency of interactions with the healthcare system. Over time our health care system has become extremely fragmented and understanding all the options, and decisions that will be required, as we age can be daunting for everyone. These challenges are compounded for LGBTQ folks. The homophobia and biases experienced throughout our lives, have created circumstances that are particularly challenging as we age.

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Being Present

In the summer of 2016, Cindy and I moved my 93-year-old mother to Charlotte so that we could oversee her care in a memory care facility. We visit with her most days and over the course of months have come to know the other residents that reside with her quite well. It seems they are living out the last phase of their lives in a very tiny world. They live and die and are replaced with others but their personalities and stories stick with me. Read More