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Portable Assist Cushion versus Lift Chair Option

Being Mother’s caregiver was more complicated as her health deteriorated and her needs constantly changed. I could not be lifting her in and out of a chair several times a day. When I learned a lift chair was not an option, I returned to medical equipment stores for a solution. I was amazed at the […]

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Lift Chair Options for Family Caregivers

Physician’s order for a lift chair.   Mother’s physician wrote an order for a lift chair and we quickly headed for a local medical equipment store. It had been some time since Mother could get out of her chair by herself and the tugging and lifting her was not good for her or for us. I […]

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3 Simple, Doable Resolution Helps for Caregivers

Resolutions are not just about food and exercise. Whether caregiver or busy parent, you may feel you have passed the time of resolving to make changes. After all, been there-done that! And, you may realize there just is no extra time or energy to give to another project. And yet, a new year signifies new […]

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Personal Christmas Thoughts for My Friends

Thinking of you, dear friends, today. Wondering how it is in your world. Have you taken time to reflect on the season or are you weary, worn, and ready for a break! Christmas, with all its activity, is still a time of wonder. I pray that in the hustle and bustle of the season, you […]

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Healthy Snack Options for the Holidays

‘Tis the season for holiday treats. Caring for family and others can get complicated as you work to provide healthy alternatives when the focus seems to be on elaborate, calorie-laden foods. Here are some ideas for trimming calories and sugar while still providing ready-to-eat snacks. With careful shopping and a little planning ahead, you can […]

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Tips for Visiting Bereaved during Holiday Season

Holidays are a time for food, fun, and families. Sudden death of friend or relative during holidays can cause added stress and confusion as to how to react; what to do. I know you, dear reader. You are a caregiver, either as a mother, family member, or professional. You hurt when others hurt. You are […]

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Caregivers: Giving Thanks in Stressful Times

Thanksgiving is a time to pause, enjoy family, and give thanks. For caregivers, families going through trying times, elderly and others, it can be difficult to see past the stress and count blessings. Plans can change quickly, without warning. A family going through trying times this week reminded me of the many reasons I have […]

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November is National Family Caregiver Month

Most family caregivers hold down regular jobs as well. Three out of four family caregivers who care for someone over the age of 18 either work now or have been working while providing care. Two thirds have had to either give up their jobs or have made adjustments to their work life. One in five […]

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Tips for Handling Grief during the Holidays

Dealing with death of loved one and holidays. Holidays are difficult for those who have lost loved ones. It becomes especially difficult to celebrate with family and friends when the loss is someone close, a parent, grandparent, spouse or child. Adding to the difficulty is those feelings of “if only …” or “I wish I […]

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Solve Gift-giving and Help Alzheimer’s Projects

Welcome today my guest blogger, Joyce Ragland, with some exciting news for you! Excitement! Anticipation! Twenty-one super talented, award-winning writers and artists generously donated their talents to make a charity book project. Proceeds from sales of paperback and e-books will benefit Alzheimer’s patients, who have a most difficult journey in their life’s final chapters. Concern […]