Many years ago, I worked as a freelance writer for a local paper in suburban Chicago. I covered everything from cloning and measuring the risk of heart disease to my “Day in the Life” series where I spent the day with a veterinarian or watching cooks at a popular restaurant.

Then I went to work for Legacy.com (online obituaries). I stayed there for almost nine years until I moved to Florida. I enjoyed helping customers navigate the site and at times, offer support during a highly emotional time.

This blog combines these two experiences. I’m writing real stories about what it’s like to face the blind spots of helping an aging parent while offering some useful info and a little humor during a difficult life phase.

I have no professional background in psychology or senior healthcare. I’m just in it day-to-day. I’m married and a mom who enjoys a good laugh, a good mystery/thriller and watching the Chicago Cubs.

Contact me directly at shareastory@leavingthedooropen.com

Twitter: @storiesonaging

Melanie M. Stewart


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