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The Caregiver Clubhouse

Breeda enjoying a break with a big mug of tea

I spend a lot of time talking with caregivers and I ask them what do they need or want most?  I get a lot of different answers, but the most common answer is, “I need a break”.  I need some MEtime  to do what I want to do.  But then they tell me how guilty…

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When Caregiving Ends – Who are You?

Breeda Miller – Caregiver Champion The End and The Beginning The day arrives. Caregiving come to an end for family caregivers and a new stage of life begins.  While caring for an elderly parent or a family member with a chronic illness can be exhausting and all consuming, it can also provide a framework for…

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Herding Cats

Caregiving can often feel like herding cats.  Just when you think you have figured something out another challenge appears, or a dependable solution doesn’t work anymore. Caregiving is frustrating and exhausting. This is a photo of our son with our two jumbo kittens.  These babies are just seven months old, yet they are already bigger…

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Throw me a lifesaver!

by Breeda Miller Caregivers are the worst at caring for themselves. I know how exhausted, frustrated and guilty we feel. We are told all the time – with a waggly finger pointed right at our nose, that we have to take care of ourselves. Really? And when is that supposed to happen? Never Ending Days and Nights…

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Well PACED Care

If our goal is to stay in our own homes as long as possible and to receive supportive medical care, transportation and a stimulating social environment, I found a program that may be be the best kept secret in senior care. There are 122 of these very special centers in 31 states. I wish I…

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Best Gift Ever:  Space and Grace.

Best Gift Ever:  Space and Grace. I’ve decided to give the gift of Space and Grace to some people I love.  By Space I mean that I have learned that they need time alone, time to process their problems in their own time and in their own way.  By Grace, it means to me that…

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Sweet Small Town Gifts

The sweetness of living in small town can far outweigh the inconvenience.  When we need to go shopping, it’s about 20 miles to the nearest city and that is a small town by many standards.  There are miles between farmhouses and more miles separating the nearest town or village. But when we walk through our…

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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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