Guest Post by Dr. Keith Giaquinto, DC
If you are feeling heavy, sleepy and/or bloated 60 minutes after you eat a meal; if you know that your body reacts poorly to certain foods like dairy, grains or meat; if you have an autoimmune condition or any chronic unresolved health problem, then you have weak digestion and your body is malnourished. Stress is a stealthy enemy.
According to the American Psychological Association, “… one of the most difficult problems family members face is achieving a balance between respecting an older adult's autonomy and intervening before self-neglect becomes dangerous.” Many seniors enjoy expanding their social circles and many prefer to shrink them. When they want to stay home all of the time, it can be a sign that something else is going on and it could be the early stages of self-neglect. Caregivers must be alert to this and take steps to ensure the well-being of their loved ones. Here's how.
Guest Post by Dr. Keith Giaquinto, DC
Givers must set limits – takers don’t have any. People who like to give, help, and support others often have difficulty setting boundaries that allow them to stay healthy; and it costs them dearly. Takers can be energy vampires who thrive on the goodwill of those who don’t know how to say, “No.” Hang around them long enough and you’ll soon feel drained and exhausted; which will prevent you from helping anyone else. Dr. Keith shows you how to be a healthy giver.
Thankfulness, Love, Peace, Joy, Family, and Friends are the ingredients of a happy holiday season. Stress is not. Any undue pressure caregivers put on themselves to make everything perfect is nothing more than a negative whirlwind of emotions that lead to unrealistic expectations, overspending, mental fatigue and physical exhaustion. Even if your loved one has dementia, you can, and should, have a good time.
On Thanksgiving Day, as families were gathered around their tables, nearly every caregiver expressed gratitude for their loved one and genuinely meant it. After the work of getting everyone and everything ready, a sense of calm and thankfulness took over as they considered the blessings they had received. But for some, there was also a sense of guilt. Sometimes, no matter how hard people try to stay focused on the positive things in their lives, they can’t avoid recalling times when they didn’t measure up as they thought they should.
Betty’s family thought she was lazy and just didn’t want to do the exercises, but that probably wasn’t the reason. Whatever the source of her resistance, no one could get through to Betty with enough information that would motivate her; even though it would have reduced her pain and even saved her life. Talking seldom works. Find out how to help someone recover from couch potato syndrome.
November is National Family Caregivers Month. This year’s theme is, “Take Care to Give Care” meaning that caregivers ought to practice the things that keep them in good physical, emotional and spiritual health so they can be at their best when doing for others. Who will take care of your loved one if you aren’t able? Caregivers must make their own needs priority one: but it isn't easy.
Working caregivers live with one stress-inducing situation after another. Confusion, distractions, conflicting demands on your time and an inability to see your plans through are just some of the culprits that push your patience to its limit. If you don’t take every opportunity to reduce the pressure that builds up inside, you’ll end up feeling like a truck ran over your already exhausted body. This is burnout and here are steps to get out of it.
Hey, it's Friday. Is there a better day to see what's going on in the world of articles and blogs for the past week? Today's post will offer our top picks in eight categories. We are passing along links to informative and entertaining articles we hope you can use as you continue to improve the quality of your life and the lives of all family members.
The internet is immensely valuable; especially as a tool for learning. It has saved me countless hours when I’ve used it appropriately: it has cost me countless hours when I haven’t. I found myself lost in online medical information searches that cost me dearly. It wouldn't have been that way if I'd set a few basic guidelines like these for myself.