ElderCarelink Blog

Building vacations into caregiver schedules

by Dorian Martin
June 19th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Caregivers can find themselves starring in their own private version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Need an example? Start with me.

A week ago, I was “Ms. Hyde” as I reached the breaking point when interacting with Dad. I woke up each morning “mad” and that feeling wouldn’t diminish for most of the day. When he would ask me to do something for him, I’d get huffy. When he didn’t do an easy task and left it for me, I barked out a criticism.

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5 tips for dealing with caregiver stress

by Judy Kirkwood
August 30th, 2011 at 9:00 am

When my sister was taking care of my father and mother, she always came through for them. But after the crisis was over and they were feeling better, her own health suffered. Being a family caregiver can be overwhelming. It is natural to feel angry, frustrated, and drained at times. Literally. But it can go beyond a bad day.

Did you know that stress signals the body to release adrenaline and cortisol, sending signals that may increase your heart rate, blood sugar, blood pressure and shut down your immune system so your body can function at a high alert level? This is why caregiving takes such a toll on the body. The spirit may be willing, but the body is susceptible to all sorts of other signals that conflict with giving optimum care.

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Meaningful visits should include some laughter and smiles

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
March 9th, 2011 at 5:18 am

Humor has many positive effects on the body. The benefits of humor are numerous and relieve some of the effects of a stressful situation. Bringing a smile to the face of a loved one can sometimes be the best possible medicine for both of you.

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Study shows exercise fights premature aging

by Carol Bursack
March 8th, 2011 at 4:53 am

When it comes to aging, I’m good at denial. Oh, I know my “numbers” – years, weight, triglycerides, cholesterol. I know, for the most part, what foods I should and shouldn’t eat, though I’m not very good about following through with the solid nutrition suggested. Also, I know that exercise is essential to good health. But knowing is not doing.

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“Acting to the finish?” A new caregiver term of endearment, or is it something else?

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
February 10th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Misery and company

It’s been said that misery enjoys company. Regardless, I never would have imagined that any sane individual might project erroneous and/or biased perceptions onto any caregiver. A caregiver? Would that be caregivers to chronically ill elderly individuals? Would that also be frail elderly individuals who have multiple, long-standing medical chronic disease diagnoses?

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