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Caring HandsI was recently chatting with a friend of mine on facebook and I asked her what it was like to be the caregiver for her mother after her father died. She told me that, because of the physical distance, most of that fell to her sister, Gail. She very kindly reintroduced me to her sister and, again on facebook, I chatted with her.

The first principle that Gail told me a caregiver might need survive is the mindset that “It is what it is-”. “There may not be a cause, there may not be a cure, and there may not be any control over the PROBLEM.” As I pondered that I realized she probably was right. First, you need to care. Second, you have to show up and be there for the person. And third, you don’t get paralysed by the circumstances but find ways to listen, hear what their needs are, and do something. It really is not about fixing a problem.

Kids in the lab.

Over the last few weeks the Semafores team has started the process of testing Curi™, our mobile social application for family caregiving, while development progresses. For the time being we’re demonstrating our user interface (UI) using a prototype we created using InVision, a web based application for creating and sharing clickable prototypes for web pages and mobile apps. We decided early in the process of creating our prototype that we would need to give our testers a guided tour to get the most out of the test. Curi™ is a complex application with many moving parts and making it seamless enough for our testers to wander at will would have taken months—time better spent in sharing the design and creating the working version. By giving our testers a tour we can direct them to the parts of our design that we want to learn about, and avoid the extra effort of creating similar screens and mocking up parts of the application, like help screens, that we felt we could safely leave for later.

Dad and son hugging.
Always your kids.

Parenting Adult Children

When it comes to children it can be said that they are always always entering a new phase. That is what growing up is about. I didn’t realize, however, just how much of a generational thing this is. I remember Thanksgiving dinner with my mother, aunts and uncle when my wife and I were turning 50. There was conversation around the table and I remember rather distinctly, though I don’t recall the details, that my wife and I were being referred to as the kids. Now I am not one to stand on formality but I had a teenager and a grade schooler at the time. How can my wife and I be the kids? Of course, this is all part of life’s perspective. I am the youngest of all my cousins and the youngest in my family so, in a way, it makes sense that we will always be the kids to my parent’s generation.