Osteoporosis Exercise

Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease which affects nearly 55% of the U.S. population over the age of 50. Bone is living tissue and osteoporosis causes bones to thin over time and increases the risk of fractures. Studies found that an exercise program including weight-bearing exercises, strength and resistance training and flexibility exercises resulted in […]

By |September 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Positive Coping Strategies For Life Changes

As each of us age we interpret the experience differently. Over a lifetime, we create coping mechanisms that work for us. Unfortunately, some of our coping skills lead us into destructive habits such as abuse of drugs or alcohol. Many people don’t think about the elderly and alcohol or drug abuse. Some data suggests […]

By |September 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

P is for Planning

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”
-Benjamin Franklin
If you have ever been in sales, how many times have you driven into the parking lot of a potential customer, parked, and never left your car? How many days have you driven around aimlessly, sat in mall parking lots or in a coffee […]

By |August 12th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Accompanying The Dying On Their Final Journey

Companions on the journey, accompanying the dying.

As caregivers, we are sometimes required to accompany the dying on their final journey. At those times, it is important that we welcome everything  and push away nothing. In welcoming everything, we don’t have to like what’s arising. It’s actually not our job to approve or disapprove. It […]

By |August 12th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Find Your Success Beyond Your Failures

“I missed more than 9,000 shots.I lost more than 300 games. Twenty six times I was counted on to make the game-winning shot – and missed. I have failed over and over in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
– Michael Jordan
This quote by Michael Jordan gives me goose bumps every time I […]

By |July 23rd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Salvation And Redemption In Caregivers

As a caregiver, did you realize that you give salvation?

Are you aware that you are involved in redemption?

These terms may have strong religious undertones for some people. But I see them being used for what happens in the work of a caregiver.

Salvation is the act of saving a person or thing, and relief of […]

By |June 20th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Grief And Stress In Professional Caregivers

Several factors which contribute to the development of grief and stress in professional caregivers are:

The intimate care leads to a trust relationship and touch is bonding
We may identify with the pain of the family
The unmet goal of health care workers
Loss of the assumption that good work = good out come
Our own past and/or future losses
Cumulative […]

By |June 20th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Chronic Illness And The Challenges To A Couple

I have worked with many caregivers and one of the toughest emotional challenges that a couple experiences is the effect that a chronic illness has on that relationship. Many couples over time have developed what I call their relationship dance and when chronic illness hits it imposes a new set of rules for relationships. […]

By |June 18th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Choices and Invitation to the Butterflies

Many things in this earthy life give us butterflies in our stomachs. These events can range from a public performance, evaluation by ones boss, prediction of disaster, as well as the disaster happening, or the illness and death of one we love.

The butterflies arrive to give us a chance to think and choose our […]

By |June 18th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Visit From An Unlikely Teacher

When I am visited by a particular insect or animal, I look up what it symbolizes. Today, as I was taking my dogs outside, I noticed an inchworm on my patio right in front of me. This little worm seemed to be on a mission. Every now and then, it would pause and raise […]

By |June 6th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments