8,760 Hours – What Will You DO With Them This Year?

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How many times in 2016 did you find yourself saying “I don’t have time” whether it was time to read a book, prepare healthy meals, exercise, or visit with a friend? There are approximately 8,760 hours in a non-leap year. Reading that, it makes me cringe a bit to think that with that number of […]

Bullet Journaling for Caregivers

Bullet Journaling for Caregivers

  Bullet Journaling has been a hot trend for a little while in the planner and organizational communities online, but it may not be something that you’ve heard of. If not, you’re in for a treat. If you love to-do lists and check-lists, this is something you don’t want to miss. The minute I learned […]

Building a Support Network for Your Aging Loved Ones

Senior woman with her caregiver at home

   Caregiving is a job best done when people are proactive in their planning. It involves time, patience, and good communication among the participants. If these elements are in place the odds of success are greater. How to Be Proactive Nobody likes to talk about illness or death. It is important for aging seniors and […]

Taking Care of Yourself

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I recently completed a “Savvy Caregiver” class offer by Alzheimer’s Orange County. I’d heard good things about the six-week class, but I wasn’t sure what I’d think of it. The class was 2 ½ hours once a week for six weeks, so it was a large time commitment. It was probably the most useful class […]

Welcome to the Holiday Progressive Blog Party

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Welcome Blog Party visitors!  Thanks for stopping by! I started my blog The Intentional Caregiver in 2008 when I was caring for my father who had dementia and congestive heart failure. Back then, there weren’t as many resources as there are now so I wanted to share what little knowledge I had on the subject […]

Brain Health for Caregivers: Why I’m Adding a Supplement to My Daily Nutrition

Procera AVH nutritional supplement for brain health

I am participating in a VIN campaign for Procera. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with Procera and do not earn a commission or percent of sales. #sharpmind #ad Does this happen to you? You get off the couch […]

Dealing With Caregiving’s Speed Bumps

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If you’re a caregiver reading this, I’m about to state the obvious. Life isn’t smooth; there are speed bumps that sometimes trip you up. You’re driving through a parking lot and suddenly WHUMP! You come upon a speed bump bigger than you anticipated so you either slam on the brakes or slam over the speed bump, hoping you […]

6 Work-Life Balance Tips for Workers in Their Sixties (infographic)

I’ll be turning 60 this year and I don’t know about you but I have no plans to retire for at least another 10 years!  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, by the year 2020, 55% of the workers will be over 55. That’s really quite remarkable. Although many will have children that are […]

Taking Care Of You!

Pretty senior woman in bathroom looking at herself in mirror while applying moisturizing lotion

 As a caregiver, I find one of the more irritating statements to be, “Take care of yourself!” I’m sure it’s meant well, but it comes across like “Have a nice day!” Sort of one of those statements that sounds nice but feels insincere.   We all know we need to take care of ourselves, whether […]

Quick! Stand Up!

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You aren’t reading this sitting down, are you? Oh my gosh! You are! Quick! Stand up! In case you haven’t heard, sitting is the new smoking. Yes, just by sitting you are shortening your life! If you don’t believe me, go check for yourself. I’ll wait.   Great! You’re back. And standing, I hope.   […]

Sex after Menopause: VN Live Event

One of the things we stress here at Intentional Caregiver is care for the caregiver. Caring for yourself in all aspects of your life is an important part of the caregiving process. Physical, emotional and spiritual well-being are all very important parts of living a holistic life. We women deal with many physical and emotional […]

L’Oreal Excellence Age Perfect Hair Color- An Excellent Time-saver for Caregivers

the contents of the L'Oreal Excellence Age Perfect hair color kit

Now that my Mom is here and I’m still working full-time (thankfully from home), getting to the hairdresser is not as easy.  So when roots just become too obnoxious to bear, I turn to some at-home hair remedies! I have  used L’Oreal hair coloring products often in the past so when I was offered the […]

Have You Lost That Lovin’ Feeling?

Drawing of hearts with a caption Have You Lost That Loving Feeling?

It’s February which means it’s a time when thoughts turn to love and Valentine’s Day. According to the ads, you are thinking of your special someone and deciding what (expensive) item you’ll surprise them with on February 14th. And maybe those ads have got you dreaming of what your Valentine will give you. Maybe you’ve […]

The Hidden Gifts of Caregiving

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People think a lot about gifts in December. There are thoughts about what to give and thoughts about the gifts we receive. But what about those gifts that aren’t wrapped and come from an unlikely source? Some gifts are actually hard to find because they are so well hidden. Caregiving presents us with hidden gifts, […]

“The Other Talk”: Changing the Conversation about Postmenopause

After we reach age 50, are there still some things that mom knows best? Well, as you’ll see in this funny video “The Other Talk”, the answer is a resounding YES, especially when it comes to postmenopause. “The Other Talk” uses the premise of ‘the talk’ recognized as a cultural event in life where mothers […]

Self-Care For The Working Caregiver

a caregiver lying flat with a roll under her neck awaiting a massage

                Caregivers often feel that no matter where they turn their attention, it is not enough. The care recipient (caree) needs attention. The laundry is piled high (although, at least it has made it to the laundry room). The dogs need to be walked. The husband wants a movie night. The kids need help […]

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 […]

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. […]