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Snowed In, Worn Out, Winning Over Stress

The entire world seems snowed in and stressed out. Winter at its best takes a toll on family caregivers and homemakers as we strive to keep our families healthy and happy. It is said, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Does it follow that when life gives you snow, make snow ice cream?  Well, […]

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Individualized Music for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

For persons with dementia and its many forms, stress is a very real problem. Concerned family members and caregivers are at a loss to make life better. What is Individualized Music? Recent studies using music therapy–particularly individualized music–have proven that music can play a key role in making life easier. Individualized music is music that […]

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Using Music Therapy in Every Household

Help with fighting stress, loneliness, boredom. For caregivers, consider how terribly long a day must feel when you are confined at home; often alone for extended periods of time. Perhaps you sit in the same chair for hours. Suppose you can hear others talking though not necessarily to you. What will occupy your mind? Think […]

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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 […]