Elements of Healing Touch Massage


Caregivers, looking for a way to relax, take some time for yourself, to loose some of that pent up stress?  Have you ever considered a massage from a licensed massage therapist to help rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit? Well, then join us on Wednesday, July 29th on Health Café Live.com at 7:00 pm (EST) for a conversation with  Licensed Massage Therapist Wayne White. Massage therapy dates back thousands of years and is  derived from the Greek word,”massein” meaning ‘to knead.’  Through the  manipulation of soft tissues of the body by  squeezing, rubbing, tapping, vibrating or compressing for therapeutic intent, massage therapy heals and helps rejuvenate our body, mind and spirit.  Don’t just take it from me! Listen in and learn how Wayne is  creating Healing Ties all around us through the art of massage therapy.

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On Becoming A Fearless Caregiver


 

Join us on Wednesday, July 22nd  on Health Café Live.com at 7:00 pm (EST) as we visit with    Gary Barg, Editor-in-Chief of Caregiver Magazine & Caregiver.com. A noted speaker, writer and   publisher on caregiving issues since 1995, Gary is Founder of the first national magazine for caregivers, Today’s Caregiver, as well the original online caregiver community, caregiver.com.  Gary created The Fearless Caregiver Conferences, hosted across the country, which brings together  caregivers to share their knowledge, experience and wisdom as well as learning about vital products, services and technologies.  Listen in and learn how Gary is creating Healing Ties all around us!

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Delivering an Accessible World!


Are you a Caregiver?  Do you like to travel? Worried about taking your Caree on a trip?  Thinking about planning a cruise, land tour, or train ride? Well, we have the solution for you!  Tune in on Wednesday July 15th at 7:00 pm (EST) for another episode of  Healing Ties’ radio with our special guest, Andrew Garnett, President of Special Needs at Sea.  Andrew has taken his passion for the special needs community and has made travel more accessible for everyone!

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The Era of Aging Caregivers?


Christopher MacLellan:

Wonderful words of wisdom from one of the best Caregiving bloggers on the internet. Thanks for your great post, Ira!

Originally posted on Conscious Departures:

Elderly CaregiversAn article caught my attention in the New York Times recently about the aging of non-paid caregivers (More Caregivers are no Spring Chickens) .  A study cited in the article claimed there were as many as 7% non-paid caregivers over the age of 75. That doesn’t sound like many people until you learn there are some  50 million non-paid caregivers in the US. That 7% equates to about 3+ million caregivers over the age of 75. That’s astounding.

I’ve been hearing from a lot of friends and acquaintances about their aging parents still living into their late 80’s to late 90’s. I see a lot of them in Facebook photos together celebrating another 90+ birthday and still looking pretty good. One person employed at my business just lost her uncle who was 108. Despite his age he was very clear about choosing his own cremation urn before passing away and…

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Relief, Sadness, Guilt, Joy


Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Relief, Sadness, Guilt, and Joy all rolled up into on simple statement.  Yet how thdo four very different words, have meaning  to us when Caregiving ends?  I believe that these four words are the first emotions that a family Caregiver deals with when the journey ends.

Relief: That caregiving is over. Those long sleepless nights, sleeping with one eye open, are gone. Relief that the one you (loved) cared for is now pain-free.

Sadness: That the life you once knew has now forever changed.  That undeniable reality that something powerful has happened that has thforever transitioned our lives and the one that we (loved) cared for.

Guilt: Those ‘what if’ days or ‘if I could have done this differently’ days that make us wonder if we did the right thing.  And the greatest guilt of them of them all,  when you realize that you have to continue on with your life without the one you (loved) cared for. (We want to avoid this emotion as much as possible)

Joy: When you wake up that one  morning and tell yourself, ‘Job Well Done and the present and future will be all right! (The hardest emotion to get to when caregiving ends, but the most important one too!)

For every Caregiver, the stark reality is that there is always a beginning and an end to the journey, and david-austin-pink-rosein most cases, we are not prepared for either of these events!  Yet through our caring and sharing with others, we realize that through our own journey of  Relief, Sadness, Guilt and Joy, we find peace and comfort, knowing that we would do it all over again, even after seeing the staircase!

 

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Living In The Past?


The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. Ray Kroc

One of the most important components to being a Healthy Caregiver is to know your strengths, weaknesses, while realizing that asking for help is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness.

I am learning that the same rule of order applies for people like myself who are in after-caregiving.  When the Caregiving journey ends, we look for outlets, we look for a path, because in after caregiving, our roads can tend to be filled with steep hills and deep drops.  The hardest of the roads are those round-a-bouts, were you think you are going somewhere, yet you just spin around and around to you realize that you are on the same path.

Reaching out for help while you are in after caregiving, is just as important is it is when you are in the midst of Caregiving. Yet the risk is harder because this ask, it is all about you.  I’ve had to learn the hard way that I can’t do this after-caregiving gig by myself.  Living in the past is hard: Living in the moment is the only way to go.

To many people to publicly thank, but special recognition to my friend Betty, all my siblings, Denise, Kathy, Abel, John, Ernest for encouragement and support.  A new chapter awaits me and is just around the corner.  Now back to writing and continue the path on  how to better care for myself, and live in the present, because in the end, living in the past does not change it, living in the past affects the present.

 

 

 

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Turning Caregiving from Burden to Opportunity


I am excited to have Anthony Cirillo as my featured guest for Wednesday’s episode of Healing Ties Radio at 7:00 pm (EDT)

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on Health Cafe Live.comAnthony is a national known expert on Aging and Caregiving and is the President and CEO of The Aging Experience. Famous for his popular blog Who Moved My Dentures” Anthony presents regularly on topics important to seniors, caregivers and their families.

This weeks Healing Ties Motivational Minute, brought to you by Judy Ryan of Life Work Systems will feature ‘Healthy Venting’…We all need to know about Healthy Venting!

And one of our favorite features, the Healing Ties Jukebox features a favorite song from our special guest. You will just have to listen in to learn what song Anthony selected for this weeks Healing Ties Jukebox.

Healing Ties Radio is live at 7:00 pm (EST) on Health Cafe Live.com by simply clicking here! 

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