End of Life Caregiving

Embed from Getty Images It doesn’t happen much anymore in our modern era of automobiles and public transit, but in the “olden days” one would often walk a companion to his or her home…Walking someone home allowed the opportunity to give protection and guidance to the destined dwelling place…Sometimes this walking was done mostly in silence. Sometimes there was much talking going on. In any event, th…

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Inflammation (Joan Watson)

Inflammation is the new “buzz word” in the health care literature. When you hear the word, inflammation, you probably think of redness and burning around a cut or insect bite, or a swollen join, or tenderness around an injury, or even the pain of a broken bone. This reaction is acute inflammation, the good kind, which protects and heals the body after injury or infection. Known as the inf…

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Let's Talk

Joan Rivers often began her comedy routine with the comment, “Let’s talk…” Often that is how caregivers for those with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias try to communicate with their loved ones. Unfortunately, though, sometimes those for whom we offer care can no longer use words, or are living in a reality that isn’t ours. As Alzheimer’s Disease, for example, progresses the ability to talk diminish…

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Heart Health (Joan Watson)

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23 Literally or figuratively, this is really good advice, but the implementation is a bit of a challenge. February is heart month a good time to talk about why we need to guard our heart! The American Heart Association designated February as American Heart Month to bring attention to the leading cause of death in the…

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Taking Care of You

Are you caring for children or youth in your home, or adult relatives or friends, or both? Are you feeling overwhelmed, tired or worried much of the time? Are you sleeping too much or too little? Do you become easily irritated or angry? Have you lost interest in activities that you used to enjoy? If you answered “yes,” you may be experiencing caregiver stress. Life is full of stress. Caregivers exp…

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