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How does one cope when one is the full time caregiver of a spouse with a chronic illness?

I asked a friend, Nancy, to respond to this question and also to describe some of her daily challenges:

The “uneventful everyday” is a mixed blessing when caring for a person with a chronic illness, in my case caring for a person with Parkinson ’s disease (PD). One person described living with PD was like trying to drive with the brakes on.
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What do you say in a funeral line?

I am assuming you are thinking of the time of visitation at a funeral home. You are in this long line, and you are wondering what to say when you finally reach the individuals who are grieving the death of a loved one?
First, it is helpful to remember if you are in a line at a funeral home, you are already doing the most important gesture of caring. You may be uncomfortable, but you are there.
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Are you Jesus?

Several years ago a group of computer salesmen from Milwaukee went to a regional sales convention in Chicago.  They assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for dinner.  But with one thing or another, the … Continue reading

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Just Do It!

“Just Do It!”  Don’t think some more about it or plan to do it another day or wait until the sun is shining.  “Just Do It.  Today.” Do you procrastinate?  The cure for procrastination is that popular Nike ad:  “Just … Continue reading

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Feeling Gloomy?

What should one do when he or she is feeling gloomy and depressed—maybe overwhelmed by all the bad news in your life? Isaiah has some advice for us. “If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs … Continue reading

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Five More Minutes

(From The Power of the Pause) “Nothing can be more useful to a person than a determination not to be hurried.”  Thoreau, 1842 At a playground, a woman sits down next to a man on a park bench. “That’s my … Continue reading

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Human Touch

What can you give someone that is natural, organic, and naturally sweet, no pesticides, non-fattening, no preservatives and 100% wholesome? It is also free and the supply is endless, and it lowers blood pressure and reduces stress, which cuts the … Continue reading

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What are the early signs of Alzheimers Disease?

Dear Karen,
How do I know if my mom has Alzheimer’s disease? What are some of the early signs of this disease? -Betty

Dear Betty:
Good question, Betty. Many people, including myself, want to know what signs to look for. For wisdom on this subject I went to wonderful resource, Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers. Frank Broyles, is Athletic Director Emeritus for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. His wife, Barbara, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Frank says, “I had many questions and spent a lot of time looking for answers. What I learned is contained in my book, Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers.”

One of the first topics which Coach Broyles deals with in his book is what signs to look for.
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Single Parenting

Dear Karen:
I am a single parent. Being a single parent is an over-whelming, exhausting job because my children depend on me for everything. I am responsible for all aspects of my family’s well-being, from managing the finances to keeping track of homework assignments, meals, and extra-curricular activities, plus I have an outside job. Sometimes it feels like I have the whole world on my shoulders. I never have time for just “me.” How can I have some “me” time? Help? -Amanda Continue reading

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Hugs and Health

What can you give someone that is natural, organic, and naturally sweet, no pesticides, non-fattening, no preservatives and 100% wholesome? It is also free and the supply is endless, and it lowers blood pressure and reduces stress, which cuts the risk of heart disease. Oh by the way it can improve mental health, physical health and build a good immune system and can lift depression. What is it? Continue reading

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