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What’s On Your Bucket List: Caregiving?


We do not remember days, we remember moments.  Cesare Pavese

One of the great aspects of being on the road to Spokane is the anticipation of where the journey will lead me.  Sure, the end of the journey is graduation, but what about the road leading up to graduation? And more importantly, what will happen after graduation?   So many sites to see along the way,  so many people along the route to visit, so many more things to do on my bucket list.

Richard and I were fortunate that we were able to accomplish quite a number of things on our bucket list prior to his cancer diagnosis. Transatlantic cruises  were always tops on our list, and we had quite a bit of domestic trips, too. Lunch in a small mountain side cafe outside of  Arels, France;  hill top view overlooking the green and blue lake, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean at Ponta Delgarda Azores; relaxing after a walk in Cadiz, Spain.

One of the most enjoyable parts of our trip was in the planning!  We would sit down together and look at maps and plan the itinerary as best we could.  While we had a plan in place, we always left room to explore so that we can check off items on our bucket list.  It was fun for us to check items off our bucket list.  As I continue to plan my road to Spokane, it has come to my attention that my bucket is a little dusty.

dust-monitoringOh, there are many things I still want to do that were on our bucket list: visit the Grand Canyon, drive to Mount Rushmore, fly to Hawaii, more transatlantic cruises and a train ride through the Canadian Rockies.  Now it is time to dust off the bucket list!

One thing that was not on our bucket list of things to do was Caregiving.  I doubt Caregiving is on your bucket list, too!

It seems kind of strange to think about Caregiving as something that should be  on your bucket list because in essence,  no one really wants to be a caregiver. Caregiving just happens! It could be an untimely diagnosis or an unfortunate accident. Who plans on being a caregiver? While all of our caregiving experiences are different, there is a part of caregiving that I think we all experience, the beginning and the ending, and in most cases, we are not prepared for either of these life-changing events. We live in the moment of our caregiving journey while desperately praying for a miracle, hoping the next day will be better than the day before, then all of a sudden, it’s over.

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As I look back on our caregiving journey, I know now the good days far outweighed the bad ones. We might not think that way when we are in the midst of the caregiving trenches, but I have come to know that this is true. As caregivers, we sometimes get caught in the mindset that we can do this alone, or that we do not need any additional help. Along the way I learned reaching out for help was not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. Reaching out for help and being mindful of your own personal health and well-being is job #1 for all caregivers. Yet, easier said than done!

Asterisk_blackSo I think adding a little asterk at the end of your bucket list to include Caregiving is a great thing to do.  The asterk can be a subtle reminder to have all your legal documents in order, or to be mindful of the unexpected, but   most importantly-the asterk will remind you not to procrastinate and accomplish as many items on your bucket list as possible,  because before you know it,  the asterk arrives at the top of your list and your bucket list then starts to gather dust.

Chris MacLellan is the author of “What’s The Deal With Caregiving?” and the host of “Healing Ties” Radio.  The Road To Spokane is part of a Masters Thesis project leading up to graduation from Gonzaga University in Leadership and Communication.

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January 28, 2016 · 6:06 pm

Creating A Cohesive Care Team


Join us live from St. Louis, MO. At 7:00 pm (EST), 6:00 pm (CST)  on August 12th for a special episode of Healing Ties Radio on Health Café Live.com as we visit with  Judy Ryan from Life Work Systems.

Creating a cohesive care team is one of the essential components in order to be a health caregiver. Creating the life you love is possible for all of us, especially when we create a cohesive care team.  On Wednesday’s show, we’ll discuss seven steps that will help you create the cohesive care team that we all need to help us transform our day.

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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!

To listen to ‘Healing Ties’ radio live at  7:00 pm on Wednesday, July 15th, simply click here! 

Can’t listen live?  NO WORRIES!  Healing Ties Radio is available on demand on iHeart Radio by clicking here!  

‘Healing Ties’ radio show is also syndicated in the UK on UK Health Radio by clicking here!

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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! 

Can’t listen live? NO WORRIES!  Healing Ties Radio is available on demand on our iHeart Radio channel, by clicking here! 

Healing Ties is now available in the United Kingdom on UK Health Radio by clicking here! 

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Senior Friendly Communities


Join us this Wednesday June 10th at 7:00 pm (EDT) on Health Cafe LIVE for another episode of Healing Ties Radio from The Bow Tie Guy as we visit with Tami Neumann and Cathy Braxton from Silver Dawn Senior Friendly Communities. Tami and Cathy are training Communities, Health Care Facilities and Businesses across the nation on how to become Senior Friendly! With an aging society on the horizon, Silver Dawn Senior Friendly Cities is a concept that challenges us to pro-actively prepare for change in our current demographics while promoting good health and independence for seniors. There is much more to this story! Listen in and learn how Tami and Cathy are creating Healing Ties all around us! Cannot listen live…No Worries!! Healing Ties is available on demand at iHeart Radio and now on UK Health Radio!

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Special Needs Traveling: NO PROBLEM!


Join us on Wednesday May 13th on Health Cafe LIVE at 7:00 pm (EDT) as Healing Ties Radio takes its maiden voyage as we sail to Bimini on Resort Worlds Bimini Super Fast Ship. Thinking about planning a cruise, land tour, or just simply want to take a trip with your Caree? It is not as difficult as you might think! On Wednesday’s show we will be aboard ship and will visit with Certified Travel Specialist Jerry Dismarais and Vacation Specialist Charlotte Troddyn. Tune in and learn how Jerry and Charlotte are creating Healing Ties all around us! Cannot listen live? No Worries!! Healing Ties is available on demand at iHeart Radio and now on UK Health Radio.

To listen live on Wednesday on Health Cafe Live, simply click here! 

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May 12, 2015 · 7:10 pm

Safe and Clean In Your Home on Healing Ties Radio


Join us on Wednesday May 6th on Health Cafe LIVE​ at 7:00 pm (EDT) as we visit with Robert G from HandyPro and Matt Paxton from Clutter Cleaner. Robert and Matt focus on keeping loved ones safe in their homes by the means of improving their environment for safe living. After Matt cleans the clutter, removes the dangerous hazards, Robert G from Handy Pro comes in, repairs and modifies the home to be age friendly. What a dynamic duo and they are quite a bit of fun, too! You might know Matt from A&E Emmy nominated show HOARDERS. Tune in and learn how Robert G and Matt Paxton are creating Healing Ties all around us! Cannot listen live? NO Worries!!! Health Ties Radio from The Bow Tie Guy​ is available on demand on iHeart Radio

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When Boundaries Become Blurred


Join us on Wednesday April 29th on Health Café LIVE.com  at 7:00 pm (EDT) as we visit with Melanie McMillion from TrustBridge Health.  With 20 years of clinical experience working in hospice, palliative care and bereavement, Melanie has extensive skill in  assisting people and families with chronic and terminal health issues, caregiving stress and grief and bereavement. On Wednesday’s show, we are going to have an upbeat conversation about Caregivers working in healthcare and the importance of professional boundaries.  Tune in and learn how Melanie is creating Healing Ties all around us!  Cannot listen live?  No Worries!! Healing Ties is available on  demand at iHeart Radio and now on UK Health Radio.

To listen live on Wednesday at 7:00 pm visit HealthCafeLive.com  or simply click here! 

To listen to all of our shows on demand visit our iHeart Radio Channel by clicking here!

Healing Ties is on UK Health Radio, too by clicking here! 

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Melanie McMillion is a LMHC  and a Field Educator for TrustBridge Health. www.TrustBridge.com With over 20 years of clinical experience working in hospice, palliative care, and bereavement, Melanie has extensive experience assisting individuals and families with chronic and terminal health issues, caregiver stress, and grief, loss and bereavement.  Melanie lectures on these important topics and today we are visit with Melanie on the importance of maintaining professional ethics and boundaries, caregiver stress management, and end of life care

 

 

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