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
Today’s Caregiver and caregiver.com remind readers that all caregivers need support and help in their journey. It cites OK Now What” A Caregiver’s Guide to What Matters, a 2016 winner of the Friendly Caregiver Award as one of those resources for down-to-earth, practical advice, experience-based suggestions and humor –something we all need, especially when the going gets tough!
Finding money for caregiving can be tricky, especially if finance is not your area of expertise. Caregiver.com’s interview with Danny Swick, Director of Marketing, Montage Financial Group in Capistrano, CA has a suggestion or two. See the article in Today’s Caregiver
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I’ve never been a believer in thinking up New Year’s resolutions because for one thing, they’re usually the stuff I’ve been trying to accomplish or delete all year long, and stressing over it during the last few days of every year, when life is stressful enough, just seems counterproductive to me. Having said that, some of my friends make them, and find the annual deadline helpful. Some even achieve them! Today’s Caregiver Magazine (who gave us an award for our book — thanks thanks!) has the same kind of suggestions that we, and virtually every other person who has done/seen or been recruited into caregiving subscribes to. If you’re a January 1-resolution-person, AND are a caregiver (though many of them work just as well for those who are simply trying to improve our own lives and live the best way we can day by day), they’re spot-on.
A new study has found that teenagers want — and do better with — their parents just being around. Not necessarily always interacting with them, but just being there and available.’Potted Plant Parents’. I’ve posted this NY Times link because I think it’s true in all kinds of ways — being present with other human beings is really what we need. We don’t necessarily need advice, conversation, non-stop guidance. Our being there is you making a statement that you are available. And care. That’s quiet love.