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During this busy season, we can be tempted to increase unhealthy behavior—such as drinking more alcohol, eating more sweets, getting less sleep and exercising less. This in turn lowers our defenses and makes every experience—both positive and negative—seem magnified. Here are some tips to help you come through the holiday season with more joy and less stress.
Caregivers interact with many doctors and often perform tasks previously taken care of by licensed medical personnel. While such experiences teach us a lot about health care, applying that knowledge to our own health is a different challenge. Most caregivers regularly take someone else to see a physician, but when was the last time we saw ours? Learn what you need to do to be a "healthy caregiver".
Politicians, pharmaceutical companies, physicians, patients, attorneys, law enforcement and the common citizen have all weighed in on the public health emergency we know as the opioid crisis. Yet one demographic with significant input into this issue has received little or no mention in the discourse of chronic pain patients and opioids: the 65 million and growing population of family caregivers. Learn how to navigate opioids if you are a caregiver from an actual caregiver.
Sometimes humor meets tragedy in strange places. Our challenge is to expect and enjoy it. From Seinfeld to Foxworthy, comedians challenge us to seek humor. When you watch a funny movie, see a comedian perform or read a hilarious book, stress can melt and endorphins rise. While caregiving is serious business, and we often shed bitter tears, life can be whimsical. Our challenge as caregivers may be to find the humor when circumstances are tough.
Many love stories involve a wedding, but for Hernan Moyano and Sandra Trujillo, nuptials marked the start of a caregiver-patient/husband-wife journey of more than five years that would ultimately claim Sandra’s life.“We met at business school and were married in 2002,” says Hernan. “Ten days after we were married, Sandra was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, stage four. We lived our five-and-a-half-year marriage with cancer.” - Read the entire, inspirational story on our website.
For caregivers, the change of seasons is a good time to reevaluate goals and timelines. Being a caregiver is made up of many tasks that need to be done for the patient—but you also have to make sure you and the rest of the family are taken care of as well. How do you avoid caregiver overload or burnout? This article from our Fall issue has some great tips.
Are you ready for summer? Long days of sunshine, pools, family gatherings and social events? While these activities often produce some of the best summer memories, take care; they can also be especially challenging for people with chronic pain. Experiencing summer fun requires some planning and awareness to avoid exacerbating your pain as you make the most of the season. Caregiving in the summer can be less complicated by following this advice.
5 Simple and Effective Communication Techniques ~ helping caregivers advocate on behalf of a loved one. Sometimes, just having the right words can give caregivers the confidence to be the best advocate for the person they are caring for. This infographic walks caregivers through some of the common communications required of them.
Pain sufferers have to make adaptations to deal with many every day life activities. Here are nine ideas for how to adapt some of the simple tasks that can be more complicated for someone with a pain condition. Caregivers can be helpful in getting these adaptations in place. Save this infographic - and try some of the ideas yourself.
As the founder of the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, Leeza’s Place and Leeza’s Care Connection, Gibbons has created a support network and programs for caregivers that address issues her own family faced after her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Gibbons shares some of the things she learned along the way as a caregiver with a demanding profession, schedule and life. Learn more from this article out of our Spring 2017 edition.
It’s easy to overlook the fact that spring brings new challenges for people with chronic pain. Caregiving with seasonal changes brings its own set of challenges as spring allergens cause an overreaction from the body’s immune system, resulting in an increase in inflammation. When inflammation increases, pain increases; thus, caregivers must be vigilant in preparing for the negative effects of allergens and increased histamine production, This caregiver-husband offers six tried-and-true tips that
Whether you are a professional or born helper, it feels good to assist other people. It is wonderful to extend acts of kindness as it increases positive energy into the world. There are times we all overextend and take helping too far. Read to learn more about what you can do to find balance.