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A New You for the New Year!

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” ― Thomas Jefferson As a new year rolls in many will set “resolutions” for the upcoming year.  Some will involve weight loss; career … Continue reading

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I’m Fine!

Whenever someone asks me how I’m doing, I usually have the same response, “fabulous”.  I started using this response several years ago, because I recognize it not only adjusted my mind-set but the responses I received from the person asking … Continue reading

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Recognizing the Signs of Caregiver Burnout

You try to hide the feeling of being overwhelmed, however; caregiver burnout is serious and can lead significant physical and mental health issues.  It is critical to know the signs and take steps to take care of yourself. Here are … Continue reading

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Storms of Life

Depression in the elderly is real, however; medication may not always be the right answer. Become educated on treatment and be an advocate for those you love. To purchase copies of books written by Sue Salach visit AlongComesGrandpa.com

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Change Your Priorities

Being a family caregiver is a 24/7 job.  It’s probably one of the most difficult and thankless jobs one can do.  The stress level is off the charts, the pay is non-existent and trying to make time for you is … Continue reading

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Scattered Brain Syndrome

Over coffee, a friend and I were discussing the overwhelming stresses in our lives.  As we chatted I hopped from one topic to the next (as I usually do), however; I wasn’t finishing one thought before jumping to the next.  … Continue reading

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Caution: May Explode Without Warning

A friend called the other day and had no idea what they were about to experience.  Upon asking “how are you?”, I proceeded (for a good 10 minutes straight) to verbally vomit ALL my frustrations and shared with them that … Continue reading

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What you focus on Expands

A phrase shared by Stedman Graham during his presentation at the 2008 Aging In America conference was: “What you focus on expands”. The phrase instantly brought to mind my friend Holly who had been diagnosed with a rare form of … 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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Don’t Panic

It was 8:15am when the call came.  My Aunt’s caregiver was calling to tell me my Aunt had fallen and 911 was called.  I quickly got dressed and headed to the hospital.  Pulling out of the driveway while searching my … Continue reading

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The 11 L’s of Caring and Coping

A personal story from Dave Balch excerpted from his DVD,You Can Handle More Than You Think You Can. Balch is a coping strategies specialist, the founder of Coping University, and author of Cancer for Two. It was a Tuesday. My … Continue reading

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She did it “Her Way”

Recently a friend of mine was scheduled to go on a trip to visit a friend. She was really looking forward to getting away and relaxing, however; in the days leading up to the trip she realized that the “drama-meter” … Continue reading

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Check Your Pride at the Door

We all want to think that we can keep our house in order (both literally and figuratively) while juggling the demands of work, marriage, and children and for over 65 million Americans caring for an elderly loved one. Any of … Continue reading

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Boundary Tip #6 – Take Care of Yourself First

This holiday season try to find ways to take care of yourself FIRST.  By doing this you not only enjoy the season but you also teach others around you how to have a more meaning in their season.  By modeling boundaries … Continue reading

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Worry Hours

Working in the health care field for the past 20 years I have heard the term “Worry Hours” repeatedly when discussing family caregivers. These hours are between 10pm and 1am when family caregivers, overwhelmed by the burdens of managing  caregiving … Continue reading

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The Eye of the Storm

Recently I’ve been confronted with what feels like overwhelming challenges related to increasing health complications of several family members.  I’ve equated this experience to being in the “eye of the storm”.  The dictionary’s definition of the “eye of the storm” … Continue reading

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Caregiver Chaos

While caring for those we love life can become overwhelming. Some tips to help those in the chaos reach out for help.

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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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Learning to combat stress like a Navy Seal

As most of you can attest, caring for a loved one can be one of the most stressful situations. Add that to an already hectic work schedule, taking kids to soccer practice and the everyday affairs of life and one … Continue reading

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Are you experiencing a meltdown?

Caregiver burnout can be devastating. Day after day caring for someone else, especially if they require so much assistance, can be depleting your health and well-being. Caregivers can begin to feel more like a victim than a helper. Additionally, caregivers … Continue reading

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