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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 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. 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 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 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 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 more