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THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: When Long-Term Caregivers Tell Their Stories, Outcomes Improve

Arthur Kleinman understands families like mine.  I know he does, because he wrote this: The chronically ill (and their caregivers) often are like those trapped at a frontier, wandering confused in a poorly known border area, waiting desperately to return to their native land.  Chronicity for many is the dangerous crossing of the borders, the interminable . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: When Long-Term Caregivers Tell Their Stories, Outcomes Improve

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Envisioning a Better Future for Caregivers

Arthur Kleinman understands families like mine.  I know he does, because he wrote this: The chronically ill often are like those trapped at a frontier, wandering confused in a poorly known border area, waiting desperately to return to their native land.  Chronicity for many is the dangerous crossing of the . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Envisioning a Better Future for Caregivers

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Lessons in the Meaning of Illness, Aging and Disability

In the days, months and years since my father’s first stroke, since the birth of my two children, since the diagnosis of our son’s disabilities and more recently, since my mother’s increasing infirmity, I have scoured books and my own memories to find meaning in my caregiving experiences.

With my Dad and with Nicholas, there . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Lessons in the Meaning of Illness, Aging and Disability

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Lessons in the Meaning of Caregiving

I believe that I have a crush on a man I have never met.  His name is Arthur Kleinman and he’s a Harvard psychiatrist and anthropologist.  I’ve written before about Dr. Kleinman and his ‘eight questions’ that might have helped Lia Lee and her family in Anne Fadiman’s touching and tragic “The Spirit Catches You . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Lessons in the Meaning of Caregiving

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Eight Questions That Can Heal

Dr. Arthur Kleinman is a psychiatrist and anthropologist who heads the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard University.  In my last blog post, I talked about the heartbreaking story of Lia Lee in “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” … . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Eight Questions That Can Heal