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13 Time-saving Tips to Help You Keep the Holiday Spirit

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If you’re like me, you don’t schedule a moment’s rest for the last three weeks of the year. You get up earlier than usual and after your day job and caregiving, you still have plenty to do. You prepare for get-togethers, sign and mail holiday cards, spend extra time shopping, take care of many little tasks that no one thinks of until the last minute, and the list goes on. Keeping the holiday spirit can be quite difficult if you don’t find ways to cut back so that you still have some time for yourself. Why not try some of these?

How to Make the Holidays Happier for Everyone

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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. 

Dementia vs Kitchen: A Caregiver's Nightmare

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Is there any time of the year when your family enjoys the aromas coming from your kitchen more than at holiday time? The scents of favorite meals, warm bread, pastries and candy not only bring on anticipation but some of our fondest memories as well. Yet, for sons and daughters of people with dementia, it could also bring on heightened levels of anxiety over mom’s safety.

Be Very Careful When Choosing a Caregiver Agency

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"All state-licensed home care agencies are the same, right? They get their caregivers from the same labor pool, don’t they? So, since they are just a commodity, there’s no reason I should waste time with details or spend more on one agency than another." If you believe this, you could be putting Mom's life at risk and making your own life miserable. Choosing the right caregiver means much more than merely finding someone who is qualified. Here's what else you need to know.

Hey, Honey: We Need to Talk About My Mom

When Living Alone Is No Longer an Option

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“We need to talk about my mom” has almost become cliché, but what happens next is as different as individual snowflakes. Situations are never identical in the world of caregiving and family dynamics can make getting to solutions a difficult, winding and stressful process. However, you won't go wrong if you . . .

This Week's Best for July 29, 2016

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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. 

A Chaotic Start is the Best Way to have an Awful Day

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If you are a caregiver and your day is going well, one of two things is likely. Either today is one of your rare lucky days or you follow a morning routine. If this is just a lucky day for you, go ahead and enjoy it. This too shall pass. Tomorrow or the next day will be chaotic again and you’ll be reacting to every disturbance as if it were the first time you had to deal with it. Learn how carers who seem to have it all together when they come to work do it.

Are You Getting Good Results from what You Do?

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Question to Self: What if I used a vacation day from my job to catch up on some of the biggest items on my To-Do list at home? The ones that aren't getting done because they aren't urgent?

Question to You: Have you ever been stymied because of too many regular weekend chores that won't let you tackle your bigger projects?

By thinking it through, you can find your own way to make it happen. Here's how I did it.

Caution! You Can't Do Everything and Be Happy

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Do you ever slow down long enough to wonder about the things that are really important to YOU that you want to improve? Do you wish you were better at getting relevant things done? You can’t manage all of them at the same time, so why not work on only your top 3 goals at any given time? Can you state them clearly? Thoughtful answers are necessary to establish and prioritize the . . .

7 Best Ways for Caregivers to Have a Happy Holiday

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Caregivers with years of experience know what it takes to get ready for the holidays so they can join in on festivities the same as everyone else. First-timers, however, will learn that this time of the year has a way of putting extra pressure on them emotionally and financially. Yes, it can be difficult for them to “get in the holiday spirit” but a little preparation makes all the difference. Here are our choices for the best holiday guides and tip sheets from seven experts to help everyone plan and enjoy the season.

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