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Happy New Year

Posted on December 31, 2011 at 9:17 PM Comments comments (0)
Like many people, I too make New Year's resolutions. On the top of the list are usually to exercise more and eat healthier.
As a caregiver, I've decided to do something completely different in 2012. Here are a few of
my thoughts.
  • I will say no more often. I like to volunteer and serve on committees at church and in my community. A good friend of mine gave me some sage advice. She said, "Don't give up the things that you enjoy, just rethink your involvement. When someone asks you to lead or join a committee, say I am unable to make that kind of commitment right now. But, I might be able to volunteer the day of the event."
  • I will be more mindful and present. I don't know about you, but caregiving days just seem to fly by. Days turn into weeks, then into months and before you know it, another New Year will be here. In 2012 I will reach out to family and friends more often and ask for help. I
      will look into other caregiving tools that will give me peace of mind. That will result in more   
      time to myself which will lead to quiet moments and the ability to be present. TADAH!
  • I will laugh until it hurts. With my stress level reduced, I know I will have more time to enjoy life and a good belly laugh. I will read the "funny papers" watch more comedies, and seek out things that tickle my funny bone.
With all this said, I'll be on my way now. I have said yes to a New Year's Eve party, where I will be present, celebrating the beginning of a new journey, and laughing it up with family and friends.
May 2012 be a wonderful year for you and yours and may the joy and peace of Christmas remain with you.

Caregivers, Make Time For You!

Posted on September 25, 2011 at 8:58 AM Comments comments (0)
Caregiving is a stressful job. If you're a caregiver, it's important that you continually evaluate your physical and emotional health. After all, you can't successfully care for someone else if your health is not at its peak.
Ask I need to recharge my "caregiving" batteries?  Am I...
Not getting a good nights sleep?
Frequently on edge?
Feeling blue and overburdened at times?
Not able to take a break?
Unable to pursue any of my personal interests or hobbies?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you need to revise your caregiving plan. Seek out help from your family and friends. Think "outside the box" for ways that will enable you to take a break from your caregiving responsibilities for as little as two hours and up to eight hours each week.
Contact your local Senior Center or Office on Aging, they will have a list of services in the area that can fill this gap for you. Does your church have a Parish Nurse? This person is an invaluable resource of information regarding community services. Consider using an adult day program or non-medical home care services. Contact your local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association for some fresh ideas.
Once you have found alternative caregiving services, establish a monthly calendar. Set aside some worry free time just for you. Then take a nap, get your hair done, play a round of golf, visit friends, attend a church function. Recharge your batteries and bring balance back to your life and to your relationship with your loved one.