|The newsletter is intended to help improve the quality of life of family caregivers and seniors in our local communities. Each month we address topics related to the joys and challenges of being a family caregiver. There will be informational articles as well as a list of various meetings, support groups and other resources available to you in our community. Feel free to send your questions, ideas and concerns.||
THE CAREGIVER CONNECTION PO BOX 11929 PRESCOTT AZ 86304 (928) 778-3747 voice Debbie@CaregiverConnection.us
|NEWSLETTER||Last Updated January 2023|
From the Desk of Debbie Stewart:
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to You and Yours!
As Caregivers, itís easy to feel overwhelmed by the
sheer number of tasks that need to be accomplished for your loved one
each day. While itís easy to remain upbeat on good days, itís the
bad days that can leave you feeling confused, exhausted or resentful. At
these times, itís important to know that youíre not alone.
Please let me know if you find the articles useful and what other topics youíd like to see.
This monthís Newsletter articles:
"How the SECURE 2.0 Act impacts you"
Many of us are trying to cope with our
own problems when suddenly we find ourselves in the role of caregiver to
another. Perhaps we have become responsible for a spouse, a parent, a
sibling, or sometimes even an adult child. We did not expect to be
taking care of someone else. We are not sure how to navigate the waters.
We are uncertain how to handle our own problems along with the problems
of someone else.
We are trying to balance it all out for the sake of the other as well as for ourselves. If we do not get the support we need, stress can leave us vulnerable to burnout. If things get bad enough, we will not be able to help the one we love. Signs of caregiver stress are anxiety, depression, irritability, insomnia, fatigue, resentment, impatience, and eating too much or too little, or drinking too much.
We need to find ways to lighten the load. We need to invest in other activities besides caregiving. Perhaps we can look into respite care. Perhaps we can ask friends and relatives to help while we give ourselves permission to take time off. We need to feel empowered by focusing on what we can control. We need to realize that our reactions to a problem are usually more important than the problem itself. We need to feel appreciated, which can be done by imagining how the loved one would react if he or she could, or by speaking to a supportive friend or relative. We need to let others know what they can do to help out. We need to take care of our own health by eating right, exercising, sleeping enough, and finding time to relax.
Perhaps finding a support group or talking to a professional would be helpful. Sometimes we need a neutral third party to help us prioritize what needs to be done and figure out how to move forward
|Susan Drysdale, PhD is a
psychotherapist with 30 years clinical experience. Areas of
expertise include bereavement, depression, anxiety, relationship
issues, transitions and loss, addictions, stress-related symptoms,
coping with illness, and other senior citizen issues.
Visit www.drsusandrysdale.com or contact her in Prescott at (631)681-6717 or email@example.com
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Whether you are an adult child caring for an aging parent, a spouse or sibling providing care to a relative, or a senior caring for yourself, the information and products available via the www.SeniorConnection.us website are designed to improve your quality of life.
As caregivers, itís easy to feel
overwhelmed by the sheer number of tasks that need to be accomplished
for your loved ones each day.
Although hundreds of resources exist to help you, the hardest part can be finding whatís available.
Therefore, in addition to the Caregiver Connection newsletter, I am also pleased to make available to you several valuable resources via the ďSenior Connection website.Ē This web-based one-stop Educational and Information center for Caregivers and Seniors is designed to save you time and money, as well as your sanity.
The SeniorConnection.us website consists of a comprehensive Resource Directory, Articles on topics of relevance to caregivers and seniors, and informational Videos and Slideshows about agencies that offer help throughout Yavapai County.
SENIOR RESOURCES DIRECTORY
The Resources Directory contains contact
information for hundreds of local nonprofit, government and commercial
agencies that provide helpful products and services to ease the life of
Updated weekly, this searchable database will save you literally hundreds of research hours and connect you with nonprofit, government and commercial agencies that can help with every aspect of being a caregiver.
Categories include areas such as assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, in-home care providers, transportation, meal preparation and delivery, and financial assistance.
A search on one or more keywords results in all of the companies that provide a particular product or service. You can then print out the Profile of each agency that is of interest to you.
All on the website at:
Dozens of candid articles get right to the "heart of the matter," from both the Caregiverís and Seniorís perspectives.
The Informational Articles section contains articles on a wide variety of topics relating to aging.
The articles are short and sweet, yet go directly to the heart of the matter of some of the most sensitive issues surrounding our fears and frustrations as caregivers.
No topic is off-limits and new articles are constantly being added to the website.
To read additional articles on a variety of topics, please visit the Articles section of the SeniorConnection.us website:
Educational Videos and Slideshows, narrated by recognized experts in the community, are posted on the website. Additionally, videos and slideshows featuring nonprofit and for-profit agencies that provide products or services to caregivers and seniors will be available at the website:
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