Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Regain Your Passion for Caregiving

Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Regain Your Passion for Caregiving

Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Regain Your Passion for Caregiving Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. It doesn’t matter if it’s a family member you’re caring for, or if you’re a paid caregiver – the stress of caregiving is equally difficult to deal with. At the same time, the role of a caregiver is also incredibly rewarding at first. Over time, however, that sense of fulfillment can turn into a sense of responsibility, and one that many people grow to resent. Follow these steps to help you find the joy in caring and regain your passion for caregiving: Take Pleasure in the Little Things Perhaps you feel good about making your loved one smile when you prepare their favorite fresh orange juice. Or maybe you enjoy talking to your loved one who lived through things you aren’t old enough to have seen. Whatever pleasure you get from being with another person needs to take center stage in your life. Otherwise, you’ll start feeling weighed down by responsibility. Throughout the process of caregiving, there’s a great deal you will learn each and everyday. Realize What You’re Learning 1.  Time management skills. Caring for somebody else requires that you wear a lot of hats at once and balance their life, as well as your own. 2.  Organization skills. Taking care of somebody else’s life and your own requires you to stay organized, even when it comes to the little things like bills and paperwork. 3.  Improved understanding of what’s lacking in your own life. By working with individuals that need your help, you’ll likely find where your weaknesses are...
Waves of Faith – The Five Finger Prayer

Waves of Faith – The Five Finger Prayer

Waves of Faith – The Five Finger Prayer This five finger prayer is a good way to pray. It also leads all people to pray for things outside our limited view. 1. The thumb is the closest finger to you. So start praying for those who are closest to you. They are the persons easiest to remember. To pray for our dear one is a “sweet obligation.” 2. The next finger is the index. Pray for those who teach you, instruct and heal you. They need the support and wisdom to show direction to others. Always keep them in your prayers. 3. The following finger is the tallest. It reminds us of our leaders, the governors and those who have authority. They need divine guidance. 4. The fourth finger is the ring finger. Even that it may surprise you, it is our weakest finger. It should remind us to pray for the weakest, the sick or those plagued by problems. They need your prayers. 5. And finally we have our smallest finger, the smallest of all. Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself! When you are done praying for the other four group, you will be able to see your own needs but in the proper perspective, and also you will be able to pray for your own needs in a better way. To speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199. Thanks for watching today’s Waves of Faith and we’ll see you again next...
Wednesday Workshop – 20 Lessons Learned from Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Wednesday Workshop – 20 Lessons Learned from Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Wednesday Workshop – 20 Lessons Learned from Alzheimer’s Caregivers Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. We are taught important life lessons every day, but the most memorable seem to come from those we love the most. Alzheimers.net asked the caregivers on Facebook what some of the most important lessons learned from loved ones with Alzheimer’s were. This is what some of them shared: 1. That you need to make time to sit with your loved one and have a cup of tea and a conversation, even if limited. All these things become precious memories. I would give anything to have another precious moment with my Mom. –Marcia D. 2. Not to disagree with them. If your 88-year-old mother says her mom is alive and she just talked with her on the phone, agree and let it go. Try to have more patience. Yes, they are going to ask the same questions over and over. Expect that and roll with the punches. –Mary L. 3. My mother used to tell me that her mother came to visit, and that they went to the apple orchard and picked apples, and then went to get a malt. I would just say, “That sounds wonderful. I hope you had a nice day with your mother.” She would reply, “Oh, yes, we had a lovely day.” Who cares that it didn’t really happen? If it made her happy, great! –Dani P. 4. To love unconditionally, that’s what my Mom taught me. Even though she sometimes had no clue who I was, she never stopped loving me. It was an honor to be her daughter...
Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Habits of a Healthy Caregiver

Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Habits of a Healthy Caregiver

Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Habits of a Healthy Caregiver Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. Caregivers instinctively put a senior’s comfort and happiness above their own. But both are equally important. If caregivers sacrifice their own happiness for the sake of their job, they won’t be any good to the seniors they serve. Here are some habits that happy caregivers practice to ensure their health and wellness remains a priority. 1. Nurture your mind and body. Caregivers must replenish themselves physically and mentally. 2. Keep an eye on your health. According to Nurture Your Soul™, 70% of caregivers become sick with some type of health issue. And 50% of caregivers die before the person to whom they’re providing care. 3. Find support. Take time each week to vent to friends or family members. It’s healthy. Some caregivers might even consider joining a support group or seeing a counselor they can rely on to help sort out frustrations. 4. Eat healthy. A nutritious diet keeps energy levels up and health risks at bay. Seniors need to eat healthy too. So caregivers might think of preparing low-fat meals and snacks that incorporate a variety of fruits and vegetables, and enjoying them with the senior, as a part of the job. 5. Exercise. Staying active physically helps reduce stress and improve mood. It’s the ideal way to ward off health issues and diseases that can put a caregiver’s job at risk. 6. Meditate. Consider activities that help you relax mentally. Yoga, meditation, deep breathing and music are just some of the ways to help a caregiver slow down and...
Wednesday Workshop – Memory Boosting Superfoods that Boost Brain Power

Wednesday Workshop – Memory Boosting Superfoods that Boost Brain Power

Wednesday Workshop – Memory Boosting Superfoods that Boost Brain Power Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. Our brains are complex and powerful machines that require lots of nutrients to function properly. They regulate thousands of complex functions, which is why it’s so important to care for your brain each day. Check out the list of superfoods to eat to boost your brain power and improve your mental performance. Vegetables especially leafy greens like spinach, kale, turnip greens and broccoli, have been strongly linked to lower levels of cognitive decline in older age, according to a study in the Annals of Neurology. Salmon and other cold-water fish such as halibut, tuna, mackerel and sardines, are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Other omega-3 sources include beans, some nuts, flax seeds and healthy oils, like olive oil. Berries and dark-skinned fruits are rich in antioxidants. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, some of the fruits that pack the most punch are blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums, oranges, red grapes and cherries. Coffee and chocolate are surprisingly good for you. Recent studies have shown that caffeine and coffee can be used as therapeutics against Alzheimer’s disease. The caffeine and antioxidants in these two tasty treats may help ward off age-related memory impairment, along with cinnamon, olive oil and curry. Extra virgin olive oil contains a substance that helps boost the production of key proteins and enzymes that help break down the plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Cold-pressed virgin coconut oil is a heart-healthy oil that is free of cholesterol and trans-fats. Coconut oil has been shown to improve the body’s use of insulin, increase...
Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Life Hacks for Caregivers

Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Life Hacks for Caregivers

Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Life Hacks for Caregivers Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. A “life hack” is a popular term used to describe a tool or method that makes your daily life easier to get through. We all want to find ways to minimize the moments of stress that present themselves, but this is particularly true for caregivers. With that in mind, here are a couple things that can simplify your day as a caregiver: Around the House Hacks If your loved one is prone to wandering or is consistently seeking to find an exit, consider painting a mural on the door. To help ease the anxiety, hire an artist to paint the doors with calming images that make your loved one feel more at home. To keep certain doors open, cut a pool noodle in half and fit it high up on the door. That way, your loved one can’t lock themselves in a room or close their fingers in a door. Drill a pencil size hole straight through a tennis ball for your loved one to easily write, sign or paint on paper. The wide grip and shape help make it comfortable for the senior to hold the pen and write. For bath time, put a bar of soap in an old stocking (panty hose). You can use the soap through the stocking to bathe your loved one and when you accidently “drop” it, the soap is still within reach, not on the floor. When there is down time, help your loved one with the television remote control by covering unneccessary/extra buttons with tape or...