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Betsy Clark Patient Expert

Jacksonville, Florida
I am the Director of Pastoral Care and Older Adult Ministries at Avondale United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. I have a BS degree in Health from the University of North Florida and an MA in Christian Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary. I also care for my 90 year old Mother who... Full Bio
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Evolution by Betsy Clark Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health I have thought a great deal about whether to keep the Feedin' Mama blog going, some folks have asked me about it. And while I never will say never, I think it is time to ... Read on »
Rest in peace, Mama by Betsy Clark Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Mama passed away at 12:30 this morning. God speed Mama, we love you. Read on »
The Waiting is the Hardest Part by Betsy Clark Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Tom Petty was right, the waiting really is the hardest part. It has been ten days now since Mama decided she didn't want any more food or curative measures or medicines. ... Read on »
She's over it by Betsy Clark Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Mama is just done. She is weak and weary and the past twelve days have been quite an ordeal for her even though we have managed to fend off the most egregious procedures ... Read on »
It's Complicated by Betsy Clark Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Well we have learned that even when you have advance directives in place and a medical surrogate to convey your wishes about invasive procedures, sometimes they happen an ... Read on »
An Attitude of Gratitude by Betsy Clark Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health I know almost all caregivers have heard this all before but this article is a really good one to remind us all of the importance of gratitude as part of your own mental w ... Read on »
Verbiage by Betsy Clark Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health I have learned some useful new phrases while working at the Manor - "pleasantly confused" and "intermittently oriented". I believe that I will aspire to both of those con ... Read on »
Mmmmm.... pork roast by Betsy Clark Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Haven't done many cooking-related posts lately so here you go... I'm marinating a pork loin roast in some peach nectar and balsamic vinegar with ginger and pepper. L ... Read on »
Where are the presents? by Betsy Clark Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health I just realized that today is Feedin' Mama's two-year blogiversary. And they said it wouldn't last. Read on »
Diet and Nutrition for Everybody by Betsy Clark Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health I just heard about a great new site, Drgourmet.com. It has diet and nutrition information for all kinds of health conditions and issues. Here's the link to the Low Sodium ... Read on »
Aging and Ministry by Betsy Clark Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health I attended a workshop on Aging and Ministry recently and came away with some insights for this ministry as a whole in the future and not just a little bit of excitement a ... Read on »
Just because you can... by Betsy Clark Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health ...doesn't always mean that you should. It's a fairly common occurrence, a physician recommends a procedure and the patient, especially the elderly patient it s ... Read on »
Amazing Graciousness by Betsy Clark Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Today I was witness to a beautiful example of grace in aging. Mama's Sunday School class which includes folks who have been church members for more than 60 years and has ... Read on »
Senior-cize! by Betsy Clark Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Stayin' alive... and having a good time at it apparently. Good for them. Read on »
Thermostat Wars by Betsy Clark Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health We often have an odd little passive-aggressive turf war in the Feedin' Mama household over the thermostat. Mama has lost most of her insulation (body fat) over the years ... Read on »
The Prophecy of Jim Croce by Betsy Clark Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Let me be the first one to say it...... You know, Christmas will be here before you know it. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.... oh, sorry. Ahem. But seriously, you know what I'm ... Read on »
Why is it So Dad-Gum Difficult to Find Low Salt Alternatives? by Betsy Clark Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health I have to wonder why some stores make it more difficult to find low and no sodium alternatives than others. Is it their customer base that they're stocking for? Let's tak ... Read on »
Spice Up Your Life in 2010 by Betsy Clark Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Here's a great article on how spicing up your menu can lead to a longer, healthier life. Check the last slide for a spice blend you can make yourself that will add some z ... Read on »
New Low Sodium Recipes by Betsy Clark Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Here's the latest batch of low sodium recipes from Dick Logue. I think I'll try the cranberry orange relish first but I'll use stevia or splenda instead of sugar. ... Read on »
Great Gift Idea #2 by Betsy Clark Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Do something nice for someone you know who spends all or part of their day caring for someone else. Caregiving can be a rewarding experience but it can also be lonely, fr ... Read on »