Blogger Awards for You and Me!

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Thank you “Let’s Talk About Family” fellow-blogger for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  That’s the kind of feedback I like!  More importantly, everyone should check out her Blog because her insights into the ups, and downs, of caring for parents is very insightful and well worth following.

I have been so blessed by the input I receive from the many Blogs that I follow.  I’m going to use this opportunity to make some nominations as well! (I could list many, many more, but to begin with at least, I’ll list just a few that always stand out to me.)  First of all the steps that the nominees need to take to award others who are worthy of singling out:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you for an award;
  2. Copy & paste the award logos in your blog, as well as in the sections devoted to your nominations, below;
  3. Be certain to link the person who nominated you for an award; in my case, you’ll see that I’ve linked “Let’s Talk About Family” when I thanked her for nominating me;
  4. Nominate your own choices for awards;
  5. Place links to their Blogsites so that others can view their fine work;
  6. Say a few things about yourself so that others understand a bit more as to where you’re coming from – and where you’re going:
  • My first name is Irene and I live in the Seattle, Washington area.
  • I’m a Baby Boomer who loves to share knowledge about the challenges, and delights, of being in this age group.
  • My working background of the past 20 years includes being a paralegal in law firms as well as for corporations; an Executive Assistant and Office Manager for a senior housing company; a Business Manager in an assisted living/dementia care facility; an Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group facilitator; and a certified long-term care (LTC) ombudsman for the county in which I live.
  • I became a LTC ombudsman in 2008, thereby leaving the senior housing industry, because in my mind one can never do enough for the vulnerable adults who live in long-term care residential facilities.  In order to assure that vulnerable residents experience a dignified existence and a high quality of life, I had to switch sides and become their advocate.
  • I will always try to write something about which I am familiar and that I have also experienced.  I’m not an expert, but my goal is to always provide input that I hope will prove valuable to others.
  • My mother died in 1994 and from 2004 thru 2007  I was the primary long-distance caregiver for my father who lived in an assisted living community’s dementia care unit.

Now onto the award nominations!

Versatile Blogger Awards:

Day by Day with the Big Terrible A (Alzheimer’s, of course.)  This blog is very reader-friendly.  This blogger is a wife who is taking care of her husband.  Her mini-entries very clearly reflect the struggles she, her husband, and her family face but she also makes room to celebrate the little victories that sometimes are hidden within the caregiving struggle.  I think all of us can find comfort in this woman’s efforts, and her ability to describe those efforts deserve 5 Stars!!!

My Simple  This blog is an online community that seeks to connect professional caregivers with family caregivers.  The resources and suggestions are quite good and are provided without the intent of selling anything.  Virginia Lynn Rudder works for a company called Simple C, but she clearly has a goal of providing information in an easy to read, comprehensive, and supportive manner.

Elder Advocates.  Lark E. Kirkwood experienced something that no one should ever have to experience.  A guardianship was put in place limiting access to her father who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and who has subsequently passed on.  Please visit her site because she provides many valuable resources relating to a prevailing problem for vulnerable adults: elder abuse & fraud.


Flickr Comments by FrizzText.  This Blogger really knows how to take a photo and knows how to find them so that we can take a break in our very busy days and simply enjoy his view on our world.  Please make a point of stopping by and you’ll be representing one of the more than 100 countries that partake of his Blog site.

6 thoughts on “Blogger Awards for You and Me!

    Lark E. Kirkwood said:
    May 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Reblogged this on Elder Advocates.


    Lark E. Kirkwood said:
    May 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Reblogged this on Elder Advocates and commented:
    Thank you so very much for the nomination.


    Lark E. Kirkwood said:
    May 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Thank you so much for
    mentioning my page. I wish I could figure out how to nominate you and others for awards like this.


    Kathy said:
    April 29, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Congratulations on receiving the Versatile Blogger Award! What you do on this site is incredible. My grandmother had Alzheimer’s Disease pretty bad and lived with it for many years. I remember the last time I visited her. I wanted her to meet her great grandson. She had no idea who I was, but there was a slight flicker of recognition for my dad, her son. She was more interested in the musical elephant my son had, and I almost left it with her. It was so sad. My mom’s parents lived into their 90s. I watched my mom help care for them and always worried that I wouldn’t be able to do what she did – she had so much inner strength and compassion. But then she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer less than 3 years after her mom died. I became a partial caregiver. I had more strength than I thought. Anyway, sorry for rambling. Congrats again on the award and keep up the great work you do on this site.


      boomer98053 said:
      April 29, 2012 at 9:04 am

      Kathy – I love writing about struggles that myself and others may have passed through in the hopes that others will pick up some hints here and there that might benefit them. Writing just for the sake of writing wouldn’t satisfy me, so reading your affirming comments mean so much to me. Thank you. I enjoy reading your site as well because you are so honest with your feelings which isn’t always easy for the one going through them. By the way – your Blog certainly qualifies as a Beautiful site. I love your photo header: it’s peaceful and seems to hold some sort of promise in it. Can’t describe what I mean but that’s the feeling that hits me when I click onto your site. Keep it up – your follower, Irene as Boomer98053.


        Kathy said:
        April 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm

        Thanks Irene. Writing for me has been a way of healing and I also hope to help others by letting people know they aren’t not alone in what they feel after a loved one dies. The photo is part of a garden off my parents’ house. My brother built the entire garden. I love purple and the wisteria that is now blooming is beautiful. My mom loved flowers and gardening. I figured that there was no better tribute to her than using a picture of her garden for my blog. ~Kathy


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