Finding YOUR Zen

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When you are a caregiver, people tell you take care of yourself. You hear it so often that you think you might fight the urge to scream the next time you hear it. You are also told to relax and be less stressed. This is good advice for anyone but it isn’t always easy to […]

It’s Party Time!

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June seems to be the start of a busy few months of parties and celebrations. There are graduations, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and Father’s Day. All of these events can keep a person very busy with purchasing gifts, making travel arrangements, deciding what to wear, and fitting everything on the calendar. Being a caregiver adds another […]

Losing Yourself In a Daisy

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I don’t think anyone has written—or could ever write—a book entitled “Caregiving Can Be Fun!” It’s damned hard work, that’s both emotionally draining and rewarding. The best some of us can hope for is a person who’s good tempered and appreciative of your efforts.             That said, the days of your life as a caregiver […]

WHAT IF?

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What have I done? As if I was the only one that had anything to do with it. The diagnosis was Stage 1A lung cancer; the prescribed treatment was to remove the center lobe of the right side and in a few months go back and remove a few little pieces on the left side. […]

Brain Health For Caregivers

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    While you are caring for someone else, it’s important to keep your own brain healthy. Reading that, you’re probably wondering how you can fit one more thing into your schedule, but there are things that you can easily incorporate into your day and possibly use with your caree as well for no cost. […]

What’s Your Story?

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Everyone’s life is a story to be shared. You may not think you have anything interesting to say about your life, but I guarantee it is interesting to someone. Maybe you think it would be egotistical to write about your life, but it isn’t; it’s historical. The realization that we need to write something down […]

Gearing Up For Winter Care in the Colder Climates

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The community of caregivers is as strong-willed as any you’ll find. By lending a piece of their livelihood to improve someone else’s, caregivers are truly a special breed. Still, with all the empowerment and positive feelings attributable to caregivers, not every day can be sunshine and rainbows. And with winter approaching, it’s every caregiver’s responsibility […]

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust – a Different Senior Care Concept

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The ExtraCare Charitable Trust – a Different Senior Care Concept We may be living longer but we’re not always living better. There are many reasons for this: decreased availability of monies for health care and senior care programs, families that are spread out across the country and even the world now, and increasing rates of […]

Sweepstakes Fun From AARP!

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I wanted to bring something a little fun to the table today and I was fortunate to be able to offer this new sweepstakes from AARP on the blog.  It’s not only a sweepstakes but a chance to learn about brain health (something with which those of us who have ever been a caregiver to […]

Our Beloved Pets – February

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Happy Valentine’s Day! I received a lovely note from one of our readers this morning in response to this week’s newsletter.  In the newsletter, I had mentioned that  some people (myself included this year) find Valentine’s Day difficult due to either not having a sweetheart, being overwhelmed by caregiving duties or in some cases, financial […]