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Yearly Archives: 2014

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Taking Charge of You

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." When I first read this quote, I wrote it off as no more than a nice message that belonged in a Hallmark card. But when I came across it again a week or so later, I started to think [...]

By | December 29th, 2014|Caregiving|0 Comments

Better Expectations

Expectancy is a funny thing. It seems the more you focus on a specific outcome, the more attainable that outcome becomes. And nowhere is this mentality more important than it is with regards to improving the quality of life of family caregivers. I once took a high-performance driving course (don't ask me why). The instructor [...]

By | October 29th, 2014|Caregiving|0 Comments

Your Excuse or Your Story

During the recent NBA Draft, I heard a story that caught my attention and I wanted to share it with you. Today, a lot of what we hear about professional basketball players focuses on their larger-than-life egos and their even larger paychecks. Amidst all this media hoopla, it's easy to forget about the little kid [...]

By | August 18th, 2014|Caregiving|0 Comments

Timeout or Burnout

For many family caregivers, the word burnout has negative connotations... but for all the wrong reasons! When I speak with family caregivers, especially in support groups, they often equate burnout with failure. Never mind the ramifications that burning out can have on a caregiver's health and well-being; it's often interpreted as a sign of weakness, [...]

By | June 5th, 2014|Caregiving|0 Comments

Am I a Health Advocate?

You are! And as a family caregiver it might just be your most important role. This past December, I was speaking to a large group of family caregivers when I asked them if they knew any heath advocates. Initially there was confusion over what an advocate was and then, later, caregivers expressed serious trepidation about [...]

By | February 26th, 2014|Caregiving|0 Comments