Posts Tagged ‘aging parents’

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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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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Improv Theater For One – Dealing with Dementia

If you’ve ever played along with the reality of a person with dementia – you’ve experienced the thrill of Improvisational Theater. While no audience is there to applaud your creativity, having this mindset in how you approach the many challenging situations of caregiving can help you find creative solutions and reduce stress. While caring for…

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Labor of Love

When Mom was getting ready to leave her condo and move in with us one of her biggest concerns was her precious tea pot collection.  A nice cup of tea was an essential part of my mother’s life—always with a good tea pot and a beautiful china cup and saucer. On her  trips home to to…

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All Packed for My Guilt Trip

I expected to feel overwhelming grief when my mother died. Instead, while I was very sad – my strongest emotion at the time was relief. And guilt for feeling relieved. It’s been over three years and I have come to realize many things. Everyone grieves in their own way – no one should ever judge…

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An Inspiring Road Traveled – Safely.

Last week I was in Evansville, IN to speak at the Mid American Institute on Aging Conference.  This well organized, annual event featured Teepa Snow, the renowned OT specializing in Dementia Care techniques,  a wide variety of experts in all things aging and a dynamic closing talk by Diana Nyad whose topic was Never Give…

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