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Caution: Idiots May be Offended by this Post

If I were an Idiot, I could… Be offered a contract with a major publisher to write a “how to have 6-pack abs and zero brains” book that my “people” would pay some PR agency large sums of money to promote … Continue reading

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Encouragement by Mail

I was listening to a sermon message about encouragement and what an amazing gift it is to encourage those around us.  My mother is my best example of this principle.  As a child she would put little notes of encouragement … Continue reading

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Stop Shoulding On Your Family

In the internet age we have immediate access to information that can help increase our brain function, manage health issues and decrease risk for increasing health problems.  Sharing this information with those we love can be helpful in making a … Continue reading

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Surrender to Lower Your Stress – By Dave Balch

The life of a caregiver can be pretty stressful. (That sentence is a candidate for the Nobel Prize of understatement.) Everyone’s story is different, but the resulting stress is pretty much the same. I hope that my story will resonate with … Continue reading

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Random Stop Syndrome

While at a conference in Las Vegas, I experience a phenomenon I refer to as “Random Stop Syndrome”.  While walking through the casinos people would come to a sudden and complete stop for no apparent reason setting off a chain … Continue reading

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$10 Worth of Empowerment

Over the last year I’ve helped my Aunt out as she faces multiple health issues, including driving her to doctor appointments, the grocery store and to some family events.  On many of these junctures she has offered me money to … Continue reading

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CaregiverLife Radio – Music Therapy

Join me today from 10-11am (CST) for CaregiverLife Radio My guest: MARY ELLEN HEELAN Mary Ellen Heelan, a native of Downers Grove,Illinois has had an eclectic career, starting out as a Social Studies teacher in Oklahoma and Virginia; then moving into … Continue reading

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Unrealistic Expectations

Each time I travel to Florida I have set the expectation of laying in the tropical sun and returning with a tan that would make the Bain de Sole tan woman jealous. However; the last few trips have been met … Continue reading

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Drive By Advice

At an event for business owners, a friend of mine used the term “drive by advice” in describing how, when starting a business it seems like everyone (even those who have never owned a business) want to give us advice … Continue reading

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3 Minutes 17 Seconds

The other day I took my Aunt for her 6 month follow-up with her surgeon. During previous appointments the wait ranged from ½ hour to 45 minutes.  Each time the doctors’ staff blamed the scheduler.  Thankfully, this was her final … Continue reading

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A Fundamental Rule of Caregiving (that No one can seem to Follow)

An essential imperative of caregiving is: Take care of yourself.  However; the majority of family caregivers are so busy taking care of others that they neglect to care for themselves.  The sad irony is that if caregivers made it a … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Jump to it – How Certain Exercises Help Prevent Falls in the Elderly

By Sarah Jennings When it comes to ailments that afflict our golden generation, accidental falls rank right up there with heart attacks and strokes in terms of both frequency and severity.  Falls amongst the elderly are a significant public health … Continue reading

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It Was Right in Front of Me in Black and White

As a national speaker I have presented to hundreds of family caregivers throughout the country.  In each presentation I highlight how, as caregivers, we can become task masters; focused on our to-do list more than the people around us.  I … Continue reading

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Playing an Old Game in a New Way

During my husband Paul’s’ family reunion the group decided to go bowling.  Not being a pastime I particularly fancy, I dubbed myself “family paparazzi” and went along for photo ops.  As the group loaded into several cars, I noticed my … Continue reading

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Permission to Fail

The other day I was part of an expert panel discussion on “How to care for yourself while caregiving” through WEGO Health and one of the other panelist, Ben Murphy (@athletdad) shared a great point.  He said that one of … Continue reading

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