Hi! I am Edie Dykeman and welcome to the Elder Care Cafe. This website was created for caregivers, family members, and friends involved in elder care or those who wish to know more about the process of aging. A wide range of topics are discussed related to health care and aging as well as topics regarding the body, soul, and spirit. You will also find motivational, inspirational, and personal stories about my father and I.
My current day job(s)
After twenty-five years experience in the health care industry, my day job as a caregiver for my ninety-year-old father seemed the logical next step. I moved into his longtime home September 2006, the home he and Mom shared for thirty-two years until her death in 2004. In December 2009, we moved to a comfortable apartment just seven miles away, on the outskirts of Lansing, MI.
Towards the end of August 2010, we moved to Port Aransas, Texas on Mustang Island so that I could help care for my young grandson. Because my dad hated not living in Michigan, and proclaimed his displeasure outloud and often, my daughter and I decided to move back to Michigan a year later. We will remain in Michigan until dad passes away, then my daughter, her family and I will return to Mustang Island. Sounds like a lot of moving in just a few years – and it has been a challenge – but sometimes we go the extra mile for our aging parents.
Freelance writer, blogger, reviewer
In my spare time I am a freelance writer, Mystery Books Editor at BellaOnline, and webmaster/blogger of a growing number of websites – all the while working almost exclusively online. More recently, I have enjoyed creating niche websites and Squidoo lenses. I also review books, videos, and movies that have to do with elder care and aging for this site and Amazon.com.
Humor helps me deal with difficult situations. It sometimes shocks people who don’t understand, but I think most caregivers know we do what we need to do, to accomplish what we need to accomplish.
Guest posts and sponsors welcome
Recently, I opened this site up for those who would like to post an article regarding elder care or aging. There is a link called “Guest Posts” on the sidebar with further information.
Also, anyone who is interested in sponsoring us by having their ad placed on this site, or a link to their site or medical, health, or elder care related business, is welcome to contact me through the “Contact” link on the sidebar.
Please let us know you stopped by
I hope you find this website interesting and helpful. I welcome (non-spam) comments and hope this becomes an interactive space to share ongoing concerns. If there is a topic you would like us to research and write an article about, please let us know through the contact link or leave us a comment.
You can also reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org – just let me know it’s about this site in the subject line.
Thank you for stopping by the Elder Care Cafe – I hope to see you again soon.