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Being a caregiver makes demands on your body, mind and spirit. Failure to take care of ourselves results in a failure to be able to care of others. more

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Are you one of the 65 million Americans who care for a family member? One of the 20-50% of employees who tend to a loved one before going to work, then return to care again after a long hard day on the job? more

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Caregivers often place themselves at the bottom of a long to do list. Once I take care of A, B and C, I will get to my own life. The problem is that never happens for one reason or another. more

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Caregivers love to help people. It is a good feeling to comfort and give aid to someone in need. This support can also take its toll. There is a great responsibility and at times a burden that is felt in the caregiver role. more

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That is the life of a caregiver. You are always fine because the focus is always on the person that you care for. You are “just fine” because if you think of allowing yourself to be anything other than fine, your legs will come out from under you. more

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If you are caring for someone with a chronic illness, disabilities or age-related issues, I know you hear this all the time, “You need to take better care of yourself.” I don’t care who it comes from, it feels like a slap in the face. more

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Before the ball drops in Times Square, promise yourself this year will be the year you become your own best caregiver. Resolve to do what thousands of others need to do – make time for yourself more

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The holidays also are a time that can be particularly challenging for a caregiver. It is a time during which the changes in one’s life are highlighted and there are additional demands placed upon on an already stressed life. more

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Caregivers know what it's like to face adversity. The ability to bend without breaking, hold steady when a gale-force of stressors threaten stability, to remain curious through confusion and energized by uncertainty–skills needed by every caregiver more

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It is important to examine the various emotions that a person living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) can undergo in living daily with the condition. The emotional factors that affect your loved one can be both internal and external. more

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Being a caregiver of a loved one, part of the sandwich generation taking care of a family member who has a chronic or debilitating disease can take a toll on you physically and emotionally especially when it comes to your joy. more

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How many times in your caregiving have you heard the words “New Normal”? I myself have used the term in talking to others and at our cancer caregiver meetings. more

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I heard this comment by Dr. Joy Brown, a radio psychologist, one evening on my way home from work: "Most of the answers are simple. They are just not easy." more

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As a Registered Nurse, my previous practice had been primarily focused on the individual with the disease process, then I took a position that was focused on the caregiver. more

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Caregivers provide care in a wide variety of situations. Caregiving can be a very difficult task to accomplish, especially when it involves caring for an elderly parent. more

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Receiving some extra help or consideration from others goes a long way to helping you deal with the daily rigors of life. more

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1. Keep a journal. Start today. Describe your fears as well as your hopes, the reality of what each day is like, more

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I’ve learned many things since I began taking care of my 85-year-old grandmother three years ago. I’ve learned many things since I began taking care of my 85-year-old grandmother three years ago. more

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While friends are essential, it turns out that other primary caregivers who share your emotional and physical roller coaster ride may offer the best source of help. more

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