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About Amanda Fretheim Gates

Amanda Fretheim Gates is a writer and editor living in Minneapolis.

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Last Minute Gifts for the Holidays

The holidays creep up on us every year. If you’re looking to surprise a caregiver in your life, whether it’s your parent, a neighbor or a coworker, but don’t have time to hit the mall, try offering something a bit more personal. We asked Katy Wolk-Stanley, founder of The Non-Consumer Advocate blog, for ideas for thoughtful, personal presents. Pass on […]

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Getting Organized: Health Care Directives or Living Wills

Some of the hardest conversations we may ever have with loved ones are about living wills or end-of-life wishes. Maybe our aging parents aren’t ready to think about such things. Maybe our children don’t want to hear what has to be said. These discussions aren’t just for those who are sick; unexpected tragedies can happen at any moment. Studies show […]

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Time Management for the Holidays

The holidays are a very busy time, especially for caregivers. But with so many traditions in place and tasks to complete, it’s hard to know where to bend without losing what people love about this time of year. “Choose only the most important yet feasible traditions, then adjust them as you would a seasoning,” says Carol Bradley Bursack, an author, […]

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4 Steps to Get Organized: Important Documents and Passwords

Whether it’s after you have kids, reach a milestone birthday or get sick, there comes a time when you think, “Well, we better get our affairs in order.” All your important papers should be in a safe place and all your user names and passwords written down (and no, not in a Word document titled “passwords” on your desktop). So, […]

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What to Cook for a Caregiving Friend

When someone is sick, you can feel pretty helpless and your natural instinct may be to cook something. As someone who’s been on the caregiving end, I know that food is always welcome. One less thing to think about! However, I threw away a lot of food when I emptied out my dad’s fridge because 1) it wasn’t something he […]

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