Category: Care of the Caregiver

Tips for caregivers with arthritic conditions by Elizz Authors As a caregiver, you have probably heard this countless times: “You must care for yourself in order to care for others.” You have most likely heard this statement from a health care professional when advising you about managing your arthritis symptoms. When you are a caregiver, meetingmore>>

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Caregiving at Life’s End: Facing the Challenges By Johanna Turner With an aging population and a dwindling pool of family members available to care for them, increasing numbers of Americans now find themselves in the role of caregiver. Much has been written about the significant challenges of caring for chronically ill family members or those withmore>>

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Dementia and the Benefits of Mindfulness by Brenda Davie “Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.” -Jon Kabat-Zinn   Mindfulness has become a very popular and mainstream practice. You may even practice it yourself. In a nutshell, mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where you are and what you’remore>>

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Editor’s Note: For those who are professional caregivers, we offer you the following article written by a Registered Nurse. If you are a Physician, an RN, a Nursing Assistant, a Social Worker, a Bereavement Counselor or a Volunteer working within a hospice program, we hope you benefit from the advice in the words below.   more>>

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When Your Best Friend Dies How to grieve and minimize the feeling of loss By Gary M. Stern Josh Koplovitz, an attorney based in Woodstock, N.Y., communicated with his best friend Lester Fensterheim nearly every day. They first met in 1999 and connected over their love of tennis. The two played tennis together and occasionallymore>>

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Long-Distance Caregiving By Elizz Authors Just because you’re not physically present to provide care for someone such as a parent who needs help managing a health condition and/or day-to-day activities, doesn’t make you any less of a caregiver than someone who is.   Some people have the mistaken impression that being physically removed from themore>>

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Anticipatory Grief  By Joy Gaertner  Grieving a Loss Before It Happens  Anticipatory grief is most commonly associated with the feelings of grief felt by those who are dealing with a loved one’s impending death. A Place for Mom describes anticipatory grief as often being as intense as the grief experienced after a death itself. Perhaps a better andmore>>

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Family Caregivers: do this one thing to reduce your stress by Jane Vock Do you have some ‘go to’ strategies or tools to reduce your feelings of stress? How about something that is quick and effectively dials down the stress right on the spot? This is where breathing exercises come in. They are portable, quickmore>>

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Palliative Care for Children: Planning and Communication As the parent of an ill child, you are in the best position to orient your child’s health care team to his or her preferences, needs and goals. When it comes to providing palliative care for a child, the health care team will need details about your childmore>>

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Maintaining good oral hygiene What You Need to Know as a Caregiver By Elizz Authors You may be surprised to learn that preventing cavities is just one of the reasons for practicing good dental hygiene. Maintaining good oral health is vital to the overall health of the person in your care.Our mouths can harbor bacteriamore>>

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