Caregiving

It is so important as a caregiver not to become so enmeshed in the role that you forget yourself. It's neither good for you nor your loved one.

Dana Reeve
20December

Shifting To Yes

Can you believe we're less than five days from Christmas, and eleven days until a new year? 2015 is coming to an end quickly, and I’m so excited for 2016. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a shift smile.

The best word that I can use to describe 2015 is “challenging”. I could go on and on about the things I’ve encountered this year, but I don’t want to bore you. Plus, I’ve learned that I didn’t corner the market on tough times. Unfortunately, there’s enough for everyone, and a lot of people have been where I am. So, I’m ready to put the “challenging” moments behind me, and move into 2016 in a new frame of mind.

A mind geared towards abundance and “YES”. Remember, I mentioned that I’m “More Than A Caregiver”; well this is a part of my master plan to claim the future I want.

OneWord

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13December

More Than A Caregiver

Have you ever said, “I’m more than this?” If so, than you and I are probably “spirit animals” that are feeling like what we’re doing isn’t working anymore. I’ve been feeling like this for a while about several different areas of my life, and I’m tired of it.

I’m so tired, that instead of trying to figure out an escape route. I’m ready to change the game, and use “more than” to create a movement. Can you feel it? Ok, maybe not yet. But, let me explain it this way.

When I say, “I’m more than a caregiver.” That typically is coming at a time when my frustration level is at a ten. You know those moments when you’re coming home from a hard day at the office, and everyone is looking at you to make dinner. Plus, they need you to fix a light bulb, do laundry, and make them feel better at the same time.

 

Audre Lorde

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29October

Conversations on Caregiving and Multigenerational Challenges

My Interview with Caregiving Expert Amy Goyer

Hello everyone! I'm so excited to share a wonderful conversation that I was blessed to have with Caregiving Expert, Amy Goyer.

Amy is an author, speaker and consultant specializing in aging and families, including caregiving, grandparenting and multi-generational issues. She has authored numerous publications, including the books, AARP’s Juggling Work and Caregiving and Things to Do Now That You’re…a Grandparent. 

Amy has also been a caregiver for most of her adult life; and she is currently caring for her father, who has Alzheimer's. Amy truly understands what it's like to be a caregiver, balancing life and family. So, it's great to hear her insight on the changing role of caregiver, tips to balance work and life. As well, as a great contest being held by the AARP in honor of National Caregiving Month in November. Check out our interview below!

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01September

Out of The Fog

Wow, I feel like a stranger to my own blog. I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve checked in. But, I’ve been “checked out” for so long, that I wasn’t sure when I was going to be able to come back.

I was feeling overwhelmed by everything. I was struggling trying to balance work, finances, family, and me. That’s the typical “caregiver struggle”. But, this time it just became too much. I started feeling trapped. I felt like nothing I did was going to be able to help me. I knew in my mind that wasn’t true. But, I just didn’t have the “energy” to fight. Have you ever felt that way?

Light

 

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21June

My Mom, My New "Friend"

 

Has anyone ever felt that moment when you realized that you and your mom are now “friends”?

I don’t mean “friends” in the sense where you can go to the club together. But, “friends” in the sense that I now can be my true self, and I don’t need to worry about what I say around you “friends”. I just realized that this moment has happened with my mom and I. But, the funny part about it is that I never thought we would be able to get here. 

When I became my mom’s caregiver, our relationship really changed. Which is normal when you’re a caregiver. The child becomes the “parent”, and the parent becomes the “child”. No longer are our conversations filled with thoughts about whether I’m eating or taking care of myself. Now, the conversations revolve around making sure she’s eating, putting on clean clothes, and being careful as she walks up and down the stairs at the house.

 

Mother's and Daughters

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