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Are you a caregiver sandwich?

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As the summer comes to a close and the school year revs up, one category of caregivers faces unique challenges: Caregivers with Children. Are you a caregiver sandwich? Caring for both an ailing parent and your children puts you smack in the middle! While the school year may provide parents a break during school hours, the after-school demands of homework and activities can add to their burdens. Providing care to both growing children and ailing parents can become a non-stop task that fills every moment of one’s day. On the other hand, there can be benef  ...read more

Vacationing for Caregivers

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Vacations and caregiving may not seem like natural partners, but they can be. Almost everyone needs an occasional break from their every day lives, and for caregivers and their loved ones, these breaks can be of vital importance to both mental and emotional health. Caregiving often drains the wells of resiliency causing both physical and mental ailments, so taking a few days away may be one needed step toward healing. In addition, many loved ones who suffer from a health issue may also have a corollary depression, and a change of scene might be the perfect antidote.   ...read more

The Gift of Reading

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One of the quickest and easiest ways to get respite as a caregiver is to pick up a book! Even while stuck waiting in the hospital or sitting isolated at home, a book provides a simple way to transport you to another place and provide nurturance for your soul. Reading to your loved ones also may be just the salve they need. In the busy world of cell phone apps and ever-present electronic media, sometimes books can be forgotten, but they can be sustaining in so many ways. They can nurture your health, help alleviate depression, reduce stress, improve memory, and enhance empa  ...read more

It's a vacation...until it isn't!

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The last thing anyone wants to do when planning a vacation is anticipate a medical emergency. Whether you’re in a faraway land or in your very own back yard, some planning can save your life and help those caring for you. Most of us realize that being a patient can happen when we least expect it. Hardly anyone focuses on the “other side of the coin.” One can become a caregiver overnight too! Most recently, a surprise emergency happened to a friend of mine while she and her husband were vacationing in Mexico. They weren’t prepared for what became a very serious medical s  ...read more

Put spring into caregiving

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Why not welcome the spring into your caregiving life! Newly blooming flowers and the warm spring sunlight can be a signal to step outdoors, breathe in the Earth’s changes, and simply appreciate the glories of nature. For both caregivers and their loved ones, taking the time to revel in nature is sometimes forgotten, and it’s easy to understand why. There are medicines to take, doctors appointment to attend, and a seemingly never-ending number of tasks to accomplish. And yet making time for nature is one of the most healing activities we can do.   ...read more

The Upside of "The Upside"

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Caregiving is rarely the subject of a movie, but this year's “The Upside” delves into the ups and down of an unexpected caregiving relationship between Phillip Lacasse, a rich quadriplegic (played by Bryan Cranston), and Dell Scott, a struggling ex-con (played by Kevin Hart). The comedy/drama, which is based on a true story, delves into the bond that develops between the two main characters, and in the process, it illuminates many aspects of caregiving. For example, the movie makes clear that caregiving is not for the faint of heart. Dell has to take on nursing tas  ...read more

Bringing Love to Your Caregiver

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February is the traditional month of love. Stores leap at the opportunity to offer candy, flowers, and jewelry to lovers. While these are all special ways of showing love, they are not the only way. Some of the most tender love streams between caregivers and the people they care for. About 43 million people across the United States regularly show love by ministering to a loved one in need. This type of love is so special in part because it cannot be reciprocated, at least not in the traditional sense. The caregiver is bestowing a gift of love each time she helps her  ...read more

New Year, New Caregiving You!

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How to Make New Caregiving Choices for the New Year A new year can provide a special opportunity to reevaluate one’s life and make some new choices. Are you devoting so much time or energy to caregiving that your health, happiness, or well-being are suffering in small or large ways? If so, maybe this is a time to change that and give a gift to yourself that can not only help revitalize you but also help you become a healthier, happier caregiver who can be there for your loved one over the long haul. Remember American culture has instilled in many   ...read more

How to Have a Happy Caregiving Holiday

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How can you take extra time to make the holidays merry when you already have so much to do as a caregiver? Sometimes, it may seem like an impossible challenge, but it can be done. To do so, however, the most vital task may be to shift the way you think, because how you think about the holidays affects how you enjoy the holidays. So take a moment and consider, what do you enjoy about the holiday season: time with family, time with friends, buying presents, getting presents, decorating, holiday foods, singing carols, viewing Christmas lights, watching holid  ...read more

It's A Kick-Ass Kinda Day

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"Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life."—J.K. Rowling October 27, 2005—The day that changed everything. The peak of the mountain—or was it the bottom of the sea? I had two lives with Don, and this day was the dividing line. Nearly thirteen years later I welcome the on-sale day for my memoir, Kick-Ass Kinda Girl. There are no words to express my gratitude for the amazing support I have already received from my family and friends. Early readers across the country have found hope in my words and that is truly humbling.   ...read more