We may be earnest about caregiving, but life needs all kinds of dimensions. Especially laughter. It’s healthy, lightens the load, the mood, the day and the job at hand. Laughing at the absurdities, ironies and more can be the difference between connecting with your loved one and being unadulteratedly burdened by the job of caregiving. Gary Barg, Editor in Chief of Today’s Caregiver magazine has something to say about the balm of laughter in a time of caregiving.
Today’s Caregiver’s guest article offers simple advice to both caregivers and to those who may only stop by to visit someone who is being cared for: Read. Do you find it hard to find conversation with someone who is shut in? whose life and contacts (if not necessarily interests) have contracted for whatever reason? Bring something to read to them or with them. A book you can continue chapter by chapter, or their favorite magazine or newspaper (yes, they still print those!). Read the full article here:
Sue’s Collins’s latest article appears as the Featured Article in Today’s Caregiver.com.
What do you do when you and your loved on have been punched in the gut with a terminal diagnosis? Or Mom’s dementia seems to have suddenly worsened overnight? Or a family member faces a slow recover from a serious accident? Few people are prepared. Most don’t know where to begin or what questions to ask. This can lead to feeling trapped. I’ve been there as have many of my friends. It helps if you’ve got a practical to-do list to guide you with dealing with the emotional ups and downs of this new reality. A proactive approach will leave you feeling less trapped and more in control.
Here are ten tips to get you started: Read more: www.caregiver.com