New fangled ideas to really help Caregivers

I love finding solutions to everyday problems. As a caregiver it seems like every day there are new challenges and problems to solve.  One of my dear friends shared with me her recent experience with technology that has surprised and delighted both her and her 101-year-old mother.  Here are her unsolicited comments regarding the Amazon…

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Unpack your Baggage. Cancel the Guilt Trip

  Guilt.  No matter what decision you make regarding the care of the person you look after, it seems that we caregivers constantly second guess ourselves.  We imagine that everyone else goes through their day according to some fantasy schedule that allows for plenty of time to get things done, take care of themselves and…

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Caregivers With Beards

I’m not talking about that pesky wiry hair that pops up out of nowhere on your face – I’m talking about the legion of male caregivers that are stepping in and stepping up to care for their aging parents, partners and children.  Often caregivers are only considered to be female (though that is certainly the…

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Hometown Newspaper Love

One of the benefits of living in a small town is the opportunity to share your joy with the community.  When my book  The Caregiver Coffeebreak was published, the local paper wrote a lovely story and helped announce the book launch – which would be held at my home.  We brewed coffee and tea, baked…

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Twelve Cranky Citizens

I got the dreaded Jury Duty summons a few months ago. I’ve received these lovely invitations before but had never actually been called to serve. This time would be different. The first thing I would like to suggest is that a quick measure of a person’s character may be how they react when you tell them you…

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A Book is Born

The Caregiver Coffeebreak A new book is like a new baby, but not as messy. I remember the excitement I felt as a child on Christmas Eve, the week before school started (new shoes!) and the anticipation of the arrival of our children – all days filled with surprises and new beginnings. I’m feeling that…

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“Breaking Good”

“Breaking Bad”. This television series is a master class in truly bad behavior that started out with good intentions.  To ” Break Bad” is a southern regional expression meaning to “raise hell, get into serious trouble, defy social norms”. How about as a society that we set out, with intention, to “Break Good”.   I am fascinated by…

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Jargon Smargon – Just Open Wide

Jargon.  It can be a great shorthand way to communicate with your colleagues or it can create an opportunity for stress and anxiety if used with a “civilian” or a patient who isn’t familiar with the terminology or your intent.  Patients who are anxious about procedures are especially vulnerable to misunderstandings – think about this…

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