A Plea to Caregivers; Don’t Go it Alone

As a caregiver helping or supporting someone you love, do you go it alone, request assistance from others, or wait (hopefully) for outside offers of help? Caregivers, typically, choose the independent path for various reasons: a sense of obligation or responsibility for their loved one; a resistance to hand over their parent to another person to provide necessary care; an embarrassment to ask for help; or a preference to keep this type of personal matter quiet. Furthermore, family caregivers can also believe that working independently is the only answer as there are limited resources available to help them.

Please read more in my Caregiver’s Coach column in The Edmonton Prime Times newspaper:
https://www.edmontonprimetimes.com/article/a-plea-to-caregivers-dont-go-it-alone-20190130 .

Keep Calm and Caregive On

We all know that providing care for a loved one can be difficult. Even if we might be happy to help a friend or family member in need, caregiving can still take its toll. It can be physically demanding causing body tension and pain. It can also be emotionally draining led by the stress of seeing the person you care for deteriorate. With an overflowing plate of newfound responsibilities, caregivers are kept running with – seemingly – little time to rest. Despite this, caregivers continue providing care.

Keep calm and caregive on … sounds counterintuitive, right? Caregivers can often overlook two important points – both of which can make the job of helping and supporting an ill or aging senior much easier and more enjoyable.

Join author, Rick Lauber, for his Huddol webinar, as he discusses the crucial concepts of taking respite (or including some type of personal escape from caregiving) and finding joy in caregiving. Respite provides people with a short period of relief of their daily struggles or stressors. Taking time for yourself will allow you to improve your mental and physical wellness to make you ready to get back in the caregiving game. Finding the joys in caregiving may take some time; however, these are not completely invisible.

Author Booksigning

Where? Chapters – Southpoint @ 3227 – Calgary Trail South, Edmonton, AB

When? Saturday, June 15th, 2019 from noon – 4:00 p.m.

Did you know that there are now more Canadian seniors (aged 65+) than Canadian children (aged 14 and under)? Canada is an aging country and there is a strong possibility that you will, at some point, provide help and support to an aging loved one (if you’re not doing so already …). Learn what to expect, how to manage, and where to find help from former co-caregiver and author, Rick Lauber. Signed copies of Caregiver’s Guide for Canadians available!

Author Booksigning

Do you know anybody getting older? If so, there’s a high likelihood that you will help and/or support an aging loved one as a caregiver. Learn what to expect, how to manage, and where to find help from me! I’ll be visiting Chapter’s – Southpoint (3227 – Calgary Trail, Edmonton) on Saturday, March 16th, 2019 from noon – 4:00 p.m.. Signed copies of Caregiver’s Guide for Canadians available!

A Caregiver’s Worry Guide – Caregiver Solutions Magazine

“We all have personal concerns, including family baggage and difficult situations to sort out, when we take on the responsibility of caring for someone else. Inevitably, there are short- and long-term decisions to be made, preferences to be considered and issues that arise on all fronts—and time is sometimes of the essence. Learning to pick our battles and choosing how to respond in the pressure of the moment is both an art and a science for busy caregivers. However, there are some matters that should take priority. Here are some of our top-down thoughts on when to sound the alarms, when to take decisive action and when to simply walk away to keep the peace.”

Please read more in my article in the Caregiver Solutions Magazine: http://www.caregiversolutions.ca/caregiving/a-caregivers-worry-guide/.

Words in the Park, 2017

Once again, I will be participating in Words in the Park, 2017 (now celebrating its tenth year). This annual celebration brings together writers, crafters, and other artists to showcase their own work. Signed copies of “Caregiver’s Guide for Canadians” available. Please join me on Saturday, September 30th, 2017 (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) at Spark Gallery (2257 – Premier Way, Sherwood Park, AB). More info here: http://wfscsherwoodpark.com/words-in-the-park.