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Overwhelmed? Overworked? Stressed? Take Five!

Today was one of those days for me; it seemed the more I worked, the further behind I got. Add in family issues, a non-stop flood of calls—each important and urgent, and a growing workload needing immediate attention.  Early in the day I felt stretched to the limit and totally stressed out. The growing list […]

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Quick, Easy, Nutritious Summer Salad

Busy homemaker and caregiver schedules often give little time for planning meals let alone dishes to take to others. Yet summer is a time for family picnics, potlucks and company coming in for meals. Unless you are prepared in advance, this could create more stress on your time and energy. The solution–plan ahead. First, dig […]

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5 Tips on Communicating with Dementia/Alzheimers Patients

Whether a friend, family or caregiver for a person with dementia or Alzheimers, communication can cause stress and at the very least be awkward and uncomfortable for each of you. While individuals react differently in a given situation, here are some helpful tips to ease tension and hopefully encourage communication opportunities. Consider how confusing and frustrating […]

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5 Helps to End Junk Mail and Phone Solicitations

You have stretched your day and your energy as far as possible and  the phone rings. Perhaps you will be able to sit down, spend a few minutes chatting before tending to your caregiving or family responsibilities. You begin to tense as the caller cheerfully greets you like a long-lost friend, then proceeds to offer you some great […]

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6 Helps When Consoling the Bereaved

Lately, in my world, it seems every person I meet has recently lost a spouse, parent, child, or close friend or relative. Emotions can be high and reality is often lost in the grief process. We want to help although we know we cannot take the hurt away. As compassionate caregivers, we want to be […]

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Quick Tips on Freezing Vegetables and Easy Recipe

June is National Fruit and Vegetable Month. It is the season to stock up on fresh produce and feed our family healthy meals.  Produce is readily available at the local farmer’s markets and our grocers run specials quite often on vegetables and fruits. It is also an easy time to overstock if we aren’t careful. […]

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Safety Tips for Homebound Families

Did you know June is National Safety Month? It is also National Iced Tea Month, National Zoo and Aquarium Month, National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, and … The next few weeks we are going to look at some of these national emphasis months and find ways to celebrate while confined indoors as we explore […]

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Are You Helping or Hurting Suddenly Single Friends?

My world is filled with friends and relatives who find themselves suddenly single. Many have died suddenly from accidents or health issues. A surprising number of middle age and older couples have faced the devastation of betrayal or abuse and divorce. I have had opportunity to visit with several this month about what they are […]

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Caregiving: Dietary Needs vs Family Wants

Mealtime can be complicated when you bring someone into your home with special needs or when a family member is advised to drastically change their eating habits. Your family, like mine, wants meat, potatoes, pastas and breads and snacks. How do you meet these special dietary needs and keep the family content? Caregivers often feel stretched to the limit. Struggling […]

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Caring Thoughts and Tips for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day—a time families think of giving; mothers and grandmothers eagerly await hand-made treasures from little ones. Movies and TV shows depict complete family units celebrating motherhood with parties and lavish gifts. In your world, you may wait all day for a call from family far away that never comes. Perhaps you have no children to […]