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How to Bring Joy into Your Caregiving This Holiday Season

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I was asked by Brenda Avadian of The Caregiver's Voice (https://thecaregiversvoice.com/tcv-humor/bring-joy-into-your-caregiving-this-holiday-season/#) to write an article that would put a smile on caregivers' faces because she knows how important it is to find humor and joy in life when one is juggling so much caring for a loved one, especially around the holidays. The following is the piece I wrote for The Caregiver's Voice (https://thecaregiversvoice.com/tcv-humor/bring-joy-into-your-caregiving-this-holiday-season/#) community that I would like to share with you too.   ...read more

Family & Caregiving: A Thankful Combination

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Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate family connections. However, for caregivers, family relationships can be complicated. Sometimes, resentment may arise when one or two family members take on most of the caregiving duties. The reasons for such inequality may be understandable. Perhaps parents and one sibling live in the same town while other siblings live far away, so they can’t provide as much in-person assistance. Or maybe one sibling is single while the others have multiple children and competing demands on their time. Or perhaps, a spouse is reluctant to as  ...read more

Tackling Fear in Caregiving

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Caregiving can be scary—not in the way a Halloween horror flick provokes fear—but instead the way real life does. Caregiving often involves loss and perhaps some unexpected changes. For me, it was my husband’s stroke that left him paralyzed from the neck down. Starting with that moment, fear became something that we both had to address. Other emotions were also woven into the situation, such as hope, love, and anger, but fear was there too and could be one of the most challenging feelings to address. Fear can paralyze you. When my husband first became ill,  ...read more

The Power of Caregiving Friends

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Before reading my blog I need your help! The 2019 Kathi Koll Foundation Capital Campaign is winding down. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today and helping a caregiver in need. Please go to http://www.kathikollfoundation.org/donate to make a contribution and help a caregiver in need. Thank You! —Kathi Koll The Power of Caregiving Friends: Kinship and Connection Through Support Groups When I was my husband’s caregiver, I wish I could have more easily connected with others experiencing similar issues. Now, many res  ...read more

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

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

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