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5 Ways to Reduce Caregiver Stress Under Pressure

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Caregivers are under more pressure than many people because they have another person to take care of besides themselves. They have very little control over situations they face daily, and this can cause bad stress which eventually induces frustration and confusion. Reducing the intensity and duration of the causes of excessive pressure helps prevent chronic stress and we have 5 tips to show you the way.

5 Ways to Stop Feeling Miserable

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Everyone can handle an occasional rough spot. Most people can even manage reasonably well when a crisis comes along – so long as it doesn’t linger. But sometimes, we get hit with one piece of bad news after another that just won’t let up. When you're a caregiver, you need to get out of a funk fast. Here are my favorite ways.

Reality Hit Hard When I Got the Flu

I Was Almost Unable to Do My Caregiving Work

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Several days ago, I woke up with a sore throat. Within a few hours, my entire body ached, I had difficulty maintaining balance and I couldn’t focus. I dreaded the thought of not having enough energy to take care of my loved one. I learned a lot in the next couple of days.

Don't Miss Opportunities by Ignoring Home Care

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Anyone who provides care more than just occasionally will, at some point, experience a moment of realization about the future and begin to consider the value of hiring a home care aide or a professional caregiver. At first, most caregivers ignore such thoughts, but the desire only gets stronger instead of going away and soon enough we start to wonder what it would take to get someone periodically to free us up for other things. I waited far too long to investigate the benefits and non-monetary costs and I paid a hefty price. Don't make the same mistake.

7 Mistakes Most Caregivers Make

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The main goal for any caregiver should be to take care of himself or herself first, so they can continue to do their best for the person they are caring for. To do that, they must move through the process of learning what to do and how to do it as quickly as possible while avoiding additional stress from confusion and poor choices. The best way? – to learn from the mistakes of others.

We are Partly Responsible for Our Parents' Foolish Spending

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Some of our elderly needlessly end up broke. Many others pass along much less to their heirs and beneficiaries than they had planned, worked and saved for during their income producing years. They didn’t just wake up one morning and decide to deplete their accounts nor was there a major event that took everything they had. It happened gradually and was barely noticeable, if at all, until it was too late.

Be a Healthy Giver

Guest Post by Dr. Keith Giaquinto, DC

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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. 

Ecumenical Adult Care Needs a Christmas Miracle Today

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Caregivers and seniors who depend on Ecumenical Adult Care of Naperville, a 501c3 charitable organization, urgently need your help. Later today, an emergency meeting will decide the fate of the center which has faithfully served the Naperville area for over 33 years by caring for society's forgotten ones while their family members try to make ends meet and keep their jobs. Here's the story.

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