Monthly Archives: May 2010

Unresolved Past Isues Between Caregivers and their Elderly Loved Ones


True reconciliation does not consist in merely forgetting the past. Nelson Mandela Unresolved past issues may manifest in physical and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety, shortness of breath, panic attacks, restlessness, agitation, depression, insomnia, and nightmares. Generalized pain or pain … Continue reading

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Blog Talk Radio-Connecting Beyond the Name Tag


Happy Memorial Day and thanks to all who have served to ensure our freedom and safety!!! There is great love and appreciation and admiration for you!!!! Please join me tomorrow, Tuesday, June 1, 2010 @12:00 noon EST (9:00AM PST), http://www.blogtalkradio.com/sandra-haymon … Continue reading

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The Importance of Rituals for the Elderly and Their Caregivers


We grow neither better nor worse as we grow old, but more like ourselves. May Lamberton Becker For many elderly individuals rituals offer comfort and a sense of being in control at a time when there are few things within … Continue reading

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Empathic Presence – A Gift from Caregivers


I slept and dreamed that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. Rabindranath Tagore Empathic listeners are relaxed but engaged at the same time. They ask questions and explore without … Continue reading

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Listening – an Act of Love for Caregivers


Presence is more than just being there. Malcolm S. Forbes Sometimes just feeling “heard” might be enough to reduce anxiety and lessen a person’s distress. Therefore, it is vitally important to provide opportunities for your elderly loved ones to talk … Continue reading

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End Stage of Life–An Emotional Time


What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Ralph Waldo Emerson The end stage of life can be an emotional time for you (as caregiver), other family members, and for … Continue reading

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Emotional Issues of the Caregiver


Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response. Mildred Barthel Caring for elderly loved ones is often like being on an emotional roller coaster. The downside of that roller coaster might include frustration, anger, guilt, resentment, sadness, and depression, … Continue reading

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The Passionate Art of Caregiving


All the art of living, lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. Havelock Ellis Please join me Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 12:00 Noon (EST), 9:00 AM (PST) http://www.blogtalkradio.com/sandra-haymon How do we, as caregivers, help heal the … Continue reading

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Caregiver Guilt About Not Being There


This is another exerpt taken from So Far Away – National Institute on Aging (January, 2006) We do not remember days, we remember moments. Cesare Pavese “Most caregivers report feeling guilty about almost everything–about not being closer, not doing enough, … Continue reading

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Frustration–A Common State for Caregivers.


A man (or woman) cannot discover new oceans unless he/she has the courge to lose sight of the shore. Andre`Gide Here’s an excerpt from “So Far Away” a publication from the National Institute on Aging “Feeling frustrated and angry with … Continue reading

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