About this Blog

Mary Ann Barton, September 2012

Welcome to Joyous Paradox, my blog about health, healing and caregiving for elders, their family members, and their paid and volunteer care partners. I’ve been thinking about the arduous, intimate work of bedside caregiving since I began caring for elderly clients in 2006. When I took the standard course for nurses’ aides that summer, I was between jobs. The peak of my nonprofit career, a three-year stint as executive director of the NH Women’s Lobby, was fading into the past. I’d trained as a hospice volunteer and wanted to do more.

Now I work for a home care agency in Concord, MA, providing non-medical personal care and homemaking for elders. My colleagues and I emphasize wellness, supporting our clients in activities that bring them joy and satisfaction.  We use 21st-century technologies, notably smartphones and a secure, web-based reporting system, for record-keeping and to maintain communication with client families.

“Why call your blog  Joyous Paradox?” you might ask. I have found that often, in order to heal, we have to get closer to our own pain. The paradox of healing is that in becoming more more mindful of the full range of our experiences, in revealing to ourselves and to another person the precise nature of our suffering, we gain the power that comes with seeking and accepting help.

Note: The ideas and opinions expressed in this blog are my own, and do not reflect those of my employer or any other organization.

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25 thoughts on “About this Blog

  1. Dear friend, Thank you very much, I was really happy to have been following your blog. I’m still a lot to figure out, and here I can only say that you are an awesome blogger, full Inspiring and hope you can inspire more readers. Thanks and greetings compassion from Gede Prama 🙂

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  2. Thank you for the work you do and the mindfulness you bring to it. I wish my mother had found someone like you to help her with my grandmother’s slide into dementia. Gram was happy in her illness, as her brain finally allowed her to forget all the grudges she’d been carrying for decades, but my mother was haunted by the ghost of her mother-that-was and found her care very difficult. Mom’s sense of duty prevented her from accepting any help until very near the end and I think both she and Gram suffered because of it. Thank you too for your song “In this moment, with this breath.” I hope you’ll check out our blog and get some simple amusement from our stories.

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    1. Thank you so much. I wish I could have helped support your mother in dealing with your grandmother’s dementia, too. I read your wonderful post about your neighbor Lonnie Wilson and his woodpile. It brings me back to my early days heating with wood in New Hampshire.


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