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5 Tips for Caregivers: Take a Break!

Posted on 07/10/2013 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingA colleague recently cautioned me about using the term “respite” because she thought people wouldn’t know its meaning. I found this ironic, because I actually believe it’s more likely that most of us don’t know how it feels rather than what it means in terms of getting a break from caring for family and friends. We rarely get to experience time completely away from the responsibility and stress of caregiving. That’s why I feel so lucky to have recently returned …

A Promise to Help Caregivers

Posted on 12/5/2012 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingYou know those New Year’s Resolutions we make?  To be kinder, break a bad habit, save money, stress less, travel more, lose weight, exercise, work harder? Is helping a family caregiver ever on your list? The national Lotsa Helping Hands has decided to speed up New Year’s resolutions with a campaign they have launched. Its purpose: have people begin to think about how they can lighten the load for a caregiver (and/or care recipient) in 2013. To keep folks on the …

Taking the Pulse of Caregiving

Posted on 08/30/2012 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingA new national survey confirms what some of us already know: Many older Americans take care of others and are not just on the receiving end. Let’s get specific. In this first-ever United States of Aging survey, half of respondents identify someone as their caregiver, while nearly one-third say they care for another person. Those are just two caregiving results culled from the survey, created by the National Council on Aging, UnitedHealthcare and USA Today. Its purpose is to gauge …

Gardens as Medicine: 5 Things You Need to Know

Posted on 06/21/2012 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingWant to feel better? Think nature. Healing gardens are a growing trend. Many major medical centers, including the 6,300-square-foot rooftop garden at the Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, part of the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the NIH Clinical Center, and long-term care facilities, are adding them. And so are homeowners. The basic elements of a healing or therapeutic garden include: Plants and wildlife Walkways Private sitting areas Shade A water feature Most are outdoors. Some have raised planters …

Caregiver Respite: 5 Ways to Make It Last

Posted on 05/1/2012 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingThe magic number for the trip was “5.” Five days of the sound of ocean. Five days of reading magazines. Five days of eating scrumptious seafood in lovely beachside restaurants. Five days of chatting non-stop with my dear friend of 45 years, Laurette. It took me five days of this nirvana to finally wake up in the morning without a panicky feeling, “What didn’t I do before I left? What do I need to get done today? What have I …