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Articles by Jane W. Barton, Author - Preferred Care at Home

Age Well: Smaller, Simpler, and Slower

Greetings one and all… This year, I will celebrate 62 years of life. I feel incredibly blessed and somewhat amazed by this birthday. How did I get here? I’m also pondering how the remainder of my journey will unfold in the days, weeks, and years to come. Although I am blessed to be doing what […]

Are You Planning on Aging Alone?

The strict definition of a solo ager or elder orphan is someone who lives alone, has no children, and does not have a life partner. But a broader definition of solo aging highlights the reality that we are ALL at risk of aging solo due to circumstances—the death of a spouse or partner, a divorce, […]

Make Room for Joy!

Thank goodness for the moments like yesterday when I awaken to the need to make room for Joy in my life. Moments that aren’t planned. Moments that just happen when my heart and soul need a dose of Joy! Maybe you have felt a similar longing for Joy in your life.

The New Year—Fascinating or Frightening?

New beginnings generate a myriad of emotions and responses—excitement, anxiety, hope, fear, anticipation, trepidation, fascination, uncertainty, caution, and curiosity (to name a few). Some emotions and responses are more beneficial than others at the beginning of the New Year. By “beneficial” I mean attitudes, approaches, and behaviors that enable us to embrace the coming year […]

The Magic of Christmas: Feeling Like a Kid Again!

I want to wish you and yours a blessed and magical holiday season. A time to remember. A time to create new memories. A time to reclaim your childlike innocence and appreciation of the moment. A time to rediscover the things that bring you joy, that bring you peace, and that bring you hope. A […]

Remembering the Holidays

“The memories of past holidays often highlight what has changed over the years and who is absent. Thus, remembering past holidays magnifies what we have lost—and so we grieve.”

Honoring Family Caregivers this November

“My father taught me the meaning of courage in the trenches of caregiving. I was 15 years of age when I learned of my mother’s terminal diagnosis of breast cancer. In that moment, I learned what fear feels like. And I also learned what courage looked like.”

Share Your Story: You Just Never Know

Share a bit of your story. Share a bit of yourself. Let people know who you are and what you are about! And, invite others to do the same! You just never know how this could enrich your life until you try!

A Chink in My Armor

“At that moment, I was transported back in time—to a time when I revealed a chink in my armor to a dear friend.”

The Storms of Life

“Storms will come and storms will go. In the aftermath, I have the option to seek the help I need—and to offer help to others in need…”

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