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Unearned Guilt Intrinsic to Most Caregiving

While some reasons caregivers feel guilty are unique to their situation, many are commonly shared in caregiving. Below, I’ve listed four causes of unearned guilt that most caregivers share, along with some ideas that I hope will help you look at your situation more realistically: Read more →

Sleepless in America: National Geographic Special Examines Relationship between Sleep and Alzheimer's

Watch this clip where experts from leading health organizations such as NIH discuss the new research findings connecting lack of sleep to an increased risk in Alzheimer's disease due to the brain not receiving enough crucial sleep time to flush out the toxic chemicals. Read more →

Thanksgiving: Finding Gratitude in Caregiving

This exercise is one of the most effective tools I know of to relieve the frustrations that can come with “why me.” Self pity, even when seemingly justified, only drains our inner resources. Since we’re all human, I’d hazard a guess that few of us have gotten to this point in life without some serious episodes of self pity. Read more →

7 Suggestions for Caregivers' Self Care

A recent study found that adult children caring for their parents, as well as parents caring for chronically ill children, may have their life span shortened by four to eight years. Caregivers could conceivably alter these statistics if they practice reasonable self-care. Read more →

Acceptance of Reality Precedes Gratitude

Dear Carol: My wife has had a stroke that’s left her mostly paralyzed on one side. She can’t speak well and she cries a lot. We’re in our 70s and have spent our lives as active church people. In fact, we’ve done our share of visiting hospitals and nursing homes representing the church. We’ve told people that what they are facing is their reality and that we will pray for them. We’ve told them to be grateful for what they have. Read more →

Photo Albums and Memory Books Helpful When Visiting Elders

Many people are reluctant to visit elders, whether they are in their homes or a facility, mainly because they wonder what they’ll talk about. While this reluctance is more of a worry if the elder has memory problems from dementia, it’s often a problem even when memory isn’t an issue. - See more at: http://www.healthcentral.com/alzheimers/c/62/158021/helpful-visiting#sthash.hLrmPy2f.dpuf Read more →