Fighting Loneliness in the Elderly
When we are in the time of life when we are raising children it can sometimes feel like we will never know a minute’s peace. Each day there is another explosion of yelling, running and wild activity in the house from the moment the kids are born until they are grown and moved out. It […]
How To Avoid Caregiver Burnout
Caregiver burnout occurs when an individual reaches a state of mental, emotional and/or physical exhaustion. It can be associated by a change in attitude from a positive, caring disposition to a negative disposition or an appearance of not caring. It is associated with feelings of guilt, failure, isolation and loneliness. Read on for 5 ways […]
Self Care Tidbits
(Adapted from Good Mental Health: Self Care) Self-care is not one thing, it is many things. Here is a simple list that can help you create moments of “escape” from the heaviness of caregiving. Find something positive. Little things like saying thank you to someone for a small gesture such as holding the door, expressing […]
Are You Performing These Important Self-Care Practices?
Self-care habits are among the most important habits to develop. They are the habits that teach us to create moments in time where we are the priority. When we are only focused on helping others and not focused enough on our own care, we cannot be our best selves. Being our best selves is what […]
A Caregiver’s Guide to Restful Sleep
When you’re a caregiver, you have twice as many reasons to get enough sleep. You and the one you care for both need you to be well-rested. However, that’s easier said than done. Up to 70% of caregivers report sleep issues, and 41% say they are awakened during the night by the person that they […]
Exercise Is Key for Brain and Mental Health, Too
How do you feel today? By Susan Fink www.trainwithsusan.com It’s a simple question that can bring a lot of different responses, right? You might say, “I feel great – had a checkup with the doctor yesterday and everything’s good.” Or, “I feel kinda crabby… Didn’t get much sleep last night.” Or even, “I feel tired […]
Grandma & Great Grandma
Grandma & Great Grandma Susan Fink Personal Trainer www.trainwithsusan.com My mother is a grandmother of five and a great-grandmother of three. At 91, she still volunteers, plays mah jongg, and, as you can see above, participates in water exercise on a regular basis. She is a breast cancer survivor and has both knee and shoulder […]
How Can I Prevent Caregiver Burnout?
Being a caregiver to an elderly client/ loved one can sometimes feel like an exhausting endeavor. Here are some steps you can take to help prevent caregiver burnout: Find someone you trust — such as a friend, co-worker, or neighbor — to talk to about your feelings and frustrations. Set realistic goals, accept that you […]