I spent more than 20 years as a newspaper reporter, the last 14 years of it at The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. My abrupt departure after my parents moved in surprised everyone — especially me. Most of my life was dedicated to words, information and fact-based storytelling, an independent, somewhat sterile and hard-boiled pursuit. I naively assumed my ability to ferret out facts would help me assemble a caregiver how-to guide for myself, something to rely on in this messy world of caregiving. I was wrong. Most of the articles and blurbs online are penned by advertisers or PR people with something to sell. There is a void of credible, unbiased reporting on caregivers, caregiving and those who need the help. This blog is an evolving project to remedy that. It will be a mix of essays about my caregiving journey, highlights of my own caregiving successes and failures, and ultimately, some well-reported stories with clear, thoughtful, useful information that I hope can help others.
If you have story ideas, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org