Posts tagged "balance"

Let’s Make Room for What’s Important

This morning, I read a stirring article in the Chicago Tribune about the “Above and Beyond” memorial – a Vietnam War homage consisting of 58,000 dog tags representing all of the servicemen and women who died in this tragic war. The sobering display, wherein the dog tags were hung from the ceiling like wind chimes,... Read more »

The Time We Have Left: A Theory for Caregiving and Self-Care Alike

I recently began adjunct teaching for a local college. Given that my father, uncle, grandma, and grandpa were all educators, I felt a sense of history and continuity as I embarked on my first lecture, making sure to emulate a few of my dad’s signature gestures along the way. Though the experience connected me to... Read more »

A Caregiver’s Credo for 2013

If you’re a caregiver, I doubt you’ve had time to even begin formulating any New Year’s resolutions for 2013. While each caregiver’s experience is unique, there are common bonds that join you in your journey. Those common bonds are the foundation of this Caregiver’s Credo, which I offer to you as you look ahead to... Read more »
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Successful Caregiving is in the Eye of the Beholder

Let me guess – as a caregiver, you’re kind of hard on yourself. You’ve set some pretty high expectations that you wouldn’t expect anyone else to be able to meet, yet you believe that you should be able to achieve them, even when crises come down the pike and things don’t go at all as... Read more »

Six Easy Steps to a Self-Care Plan for the Holidays

Let’s face it – the holidays aren’t always bright and cheerful, especially if you are a caregiver. While some aspects of the holidays can bring comfort and connection to those who are caregiving, the holidays also require a lot of energy – something in short supply in a caregiver’s life. Holidays can also invoke memories... Read more »

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference: Balancing Hope with Realism

Alas, I was not able to attend the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Vancouver this month, but I did follow it closely on the organization’s website. The event attracted over 4,300 scientists, physicians, and other professionals in the Alzheimer’s community who gathered to discuss findings from their most recent batches of research. If your eyes... Read more »
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Working Mothers Caring for Those with Dementia: A Startling Report

We know there are more women than men with dementia, namely because women live longer and dementia is more likely to occur in older people. But do we think enough about the fact that the majority of dementia caregivers are also women? Let’s take it a step further. Among women caregivers, do we realize that... Read more »

When Caregivers Have Full-Time Jobs: A Call for Eldercare Programs

As many of you already know, caregiving is a full-time job. The combination of planning for care (including financial and legal planning), providing hands-on care, and coordinating health care providers can easily fill a caregiver’s day. But how in the world does this happen when the caregiver has a full-time job? We could surmise that... Read more »