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March 27, 2024

Boredom is a warning sign for caregivers

Caring for an older loved one can become tedious, monotonous and dull. And the everyday mundane tasks can take a toll on a caregiver’s emotional, mental, and physical health. Boredom can make you feel sad, tired, hopeless and irritable. These can be caused by a decrease in mental stimulation or a lack of control over your daily life. Boredom is a warning sign, telling us that something is wrong.

February 27, 2024

Be careful of the promises you make and the guilt it can cause

"Promise me I can stay in my own home until I die."  It’s a common request that caregivers hear, and it is hard to say no to that request. But it often is even harder to honor it.

December 20, 2023

5 New Year’s resolutions to consider in 2024

We either love them or hate them, but whatever your stance is on New Year’s resolutions, there is something to say about moving into a new year. It provides us with a clean slate and a chance to reflect on what went well, what didn’t and how we can improve next year. Resolutions can provide direction, clarity and optimism. They can be seen as a set of goals to help you plan for the upcoming year. Whether you are new to caregiving, have been doing this for awhile or see it in your near future, there are resolutions to consider that can make your life easier.

December 01, 2023

Use these tips to help reduce your stress over the holidays

A popular holiday song starts “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” but is it really? For many caregivers, the holidays are a time of increased stress and overwhelming challenge. Aside from our usual day-to-day responsibilities of work, family and caregiving, we now have the added demands of the merriest and brightest season. Many caregivers just want the whole thing to be done with. Something’s gotta give! How can we have more joy and fewer upsets this season? Here are six ideas to help you enjoy the holidays.