BlogReflections from the Crossroads
“The Impact of AGEISM on Physical & Emotional Well-Being: a Book Study with Online Circles for Connection” starts on January 24th and continues through April 1st. New modules with discussion prompts and additional resources will arrive each Monday, and Circles are scheduled for 11 a.m. eastern time each Friday.
Keeping a journal can be a powerful tool to help caregivers find more peace, better sleep, and a sense of clarity. This is true whether you are caring for a family member or working in health care or the healing arts.
I discovered something really amazing about redwood tees a few years ago. Did you know that these stupendous giants have extremely thin roots, and that they only go down into the earth for about 6-12 feet? (Coastal Redwoods can grow to 300’ tall or more). The...
Last year, I witnessed a “drive-by” baby shower for my neighbors across the street. It was impressive to see the decorated table they’d set up at the curb, where party favors, bottled water, balloons, and snacks were dispensed to friends and family as they came by in...
The winter season can be hard on everyone, but for some people it is more than just the "winter blues." Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that usually occurs at the same time each year. It often goes away with warmer weather and longer days. If...
. “Disinhibition” is the term for what happens when the brain loses the ability to inhibit, or stop, our impulses to speak or act. We all have healthy inhibition, the “filter” that tells us not to say out loud the things that come to our mind. Think of the last time you were really angry, or jealous, or upset with someone, but you chose to “bite your tongue.”
This musical Valentine comes to you with love from the students of the Chamber Music and Y2C programs at the Hartt Community School, University of Hartford, CT. Please share with the Elders and Caregivers in your life, and stay safe!
The Hartt Community School Chamber Music Program usually gives concerts in nursing homes during the holidays. These are some of the most joyous and beautiful concerts of the year, especially because the residents and the performers get to visit with each other at a festive reception for which the performers’ families bring food. Of course none of this is possible in person this year, BUT we found a way to bring the music in anyway!
Your heart is in the right place. You’re doing everything you can to make your relative who lives with dementia feel comfortable, safe, and cared for. But you still feel like a failure! What could the problem be?
Even in the most intense times, you can connect to BE-ing. In fact, learning how to BE in the moment will help you cope with stress, perform at peak level, and maintain focus so you can respond to the person with whom you share care, rather than just react to the stressors and demands around you.