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Energizing tip for 12-19-12

by Senior Care Society on 12/19/2012 - 11:46 am
Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

As family caregivers and health and human services leaders...
 
We are close to turning the page on 2012 and may feel a sense of regret for things we did not do during the year. In just two weeks, 2013 will begin and can serve as an opportunity to RESOLVE to live life with greater intention and purpose. Each year, many of us set resolutions for the New Year that we share with ourselves and others on New Year's Eve. Here are some tips to develop meaningful and successful New Year's resolutions.
 
 
1. Understand what a resolution really is.Many people think of resolutions as rigid solutions that result in an all-or-nothing, pass-or-fail finality. In truth, they are much mo ...

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Energizing Tip for 12-13-12

by Senior Care Society on 12/13/2012 - 12:00 pm
Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

As family caregivers and health and human services leaders...
 
We do not often take the time to stop and smell the roses. One of the greatest aspects of the holiday season is all of the wonderful aromas. The smell of baked goods or scented candles or oils can be so comforting. Our sense of smell can be a gateway to calm and relaxation so it is best to use it as much as possible, especially during the holidays when everything can seem so hustle and bustle.
 
Practice Tip: Ask yourself and every member of your household what their favorite aromas are. Once you have a list, identify an aroma of the day or week and schedule it. This could be a fun addition to your calendar. If it ...

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Energizing Tip for 12-5-12

by Senior Care Society on 12/05/2012 - 11:50 am
Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

As family caregivers and health and human services leaders...
 
We have a lot of commitments and responsibilities throughout the year. During the holiday season, our schedules can seem a bit overwhelming as we attend holiday events and parties on weekday evenings and weekends throughout the month of December.
 
Although special holiday events can be filled with fun, laughter, and love, they can be exhausting to a caregiver who is already running on fumes. After all, the day to day demands of household chores and medical appointments still continue. A peak at our calendar may show that every weekend is booked right up until New Year's Eve. To some of us, this may be wonderful as ...

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Energizing Tip for 11-28-12

by Senior Care Society on 11/27/2012 - 05:38 pm
Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

As family caregivers and health and human services leaders...
 
We stay focused throughout the year on the needs of the people we care about.  During the holiday season, we work really hard to do everything we can to make sure the holidays are as joyful as possible for our families with little expectation of anything special for ourselves. 
 
Be good to yourself this holiday season and create a wish list of what others can do to bring you joy and some respite from your caregiving responsibilities.  This might include a gym membership, paying part or all of a fee for you to take an enriching class, a gift card to a local holistic healing store, or your favorite re ...

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Energizing Tip for 11-20-12

by Senior Care Society on 11/20/2012 - 05:00 pm
Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

We can benefit from living a life of Gratitude. Earlier this year, I received an invitation to participate in The Gratitude Book Project of 2013. After agreeing to join the book project, I was given instructions to answer the following question in an essay of 200 words maximum, "What are you grateful for?" I will share my entry toward the bottom of this e-mail.
 
Taking time to reflect and share gratitude can work wonders for the soul of a caregiver. Even if you are spending lots of time under stress and not ready to commit to living a full life of gratitude, giving yourself brief moments of gratitude can be energizing. As we are approaching Thanksgiving, the biggest American holiday ...

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Energizing Tip for 11-14-12

by Senior Care Society on 11/14/2012 - 12:00 pm
Tags: Caregiver Advice, Energizing Tips in Bloom

As family caregivers and health and human services leaders...
 
We can often feel sad and overwhelmed with thoughts of the approaching holiday season.  As the years pass, holidays do not seem the same as close family members and friends pass away or become frail with age.  For some of us who serve as leaders and caregivers, we tend to be the organizer and host for holiday meals with family.  This can add increased responsibility and work to already overflowing plates of tasks for home and work.  
 
It does not need to be this way.  Other family members may be eager to host a family holiday party or take more of a role of assisting with the event in your ...

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Energizing Tip for 11-7-12

by Senior Care Society on 11/07/2012 - 11:44 am
Tags: Caregiver Advice, Energizing Tips in Bloom

As family caregivers and health and human services leaders...
 
It is vital that we and the people we support make our voices heard on this election day.  Voting is not necessarily convenient but is very important to ensure that your interests as a caregiver are preserved.

When supporting an individual who is aging or with disabilities to get to the polls, it can be exhausting and overwhelming.  Back in 2008, I supported my aging parents to get to the polls.  My frail mother was proud and did not want extra special treatment so we waited in a long line to vote.  After we returned to the car, my mother said that she was really tired and she was not sure it was wo ...

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Energizing Tip for 10-30-12

by Senior Care Society on 10/30/2012 - 12:28 pm
Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

As family caregivers and health and human services leaders...
 
Listening to motivational music can help us relax and be more productive.  How many of you remember driving or riding in a car as a young person or teenager blasting your favorite song on your radio or music player?  I can recall driving home from high school in my teenage years after a long, sometimes stressful school day and recharging myself by singing away my blues (sometimes with the window open to the dismay or entertainment of neighboring drivers).   Once I returned home and completed the last song, I was usually ready to tackle homework or the daily chores.
 
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Energizing Tip

by Senior Care Society on 10/26/2012 - 11:06 am
Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

As family caregivers and health and human services leaders...
 
Acceptance is key to peace and joy throughout your life.
 
When we accept important people in our lives for who they are, we can communicate, partner, and support them with greater ease.
 
When we accept things that happen that are beyond our control, we can move beyond them more quickly free from blame and overwhelm.
 
When we accept ourselves for where we are now, we can release fear, guilt, and the belief that we are not good enough so we can keep moving forward with intention and purpose.
 
Practice Tip:  Take a deep breath, and say the serenity prayer out loud ...

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Special Needs of a Mesothelioma Patie...

by Senior Care Society on 07/17/2012 - 07:31 pm
Tag: Caregiver Advice

In order to be an effective caregiver for a mesothelioma patient, you must understand mesothelioma and the special needs associated with this disease. Caregiving involves challenging responsibilities that can only be accomplished after you understand the cancer, the special needs and the obligations of the role.
 
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer of the lining of the lungs, caused almost exclusively by asbestos exposure. Nearly 3,000 Americans die each year from this disease, with most cases having limited effective treatment options available at the time of diagnosis. This cancer is often diagnosed at stage III or IV because the symptoms don’t commonly manifest until later stages ...

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