Jan 25, 2015
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Jan 23, 2015
Today's blog will be brief. I got my computer out of repair shop yesterday, and it is still not working. Isn't it amazing the things we have to take care of in addition to being caregivers? I use my computer extensively, so it is inconvenient to have it not working. I hope your day is going well
Jan 22, 2015
|"Our mind is unlimited as long as we realize God as its nature, character, quality and quantity. " Joel Goldsmith Our minds are precious and part of what makes us unique. We are not our minds, but our minds can serve us -- as long as we know the mind serves us and not the reverse. That is what mindfulness can help us with -- managing our minds. As caregivers for someone with dementia, we may see the mind of our loved one being devastated by the disease. But, in my opinion, there is still beauty there. I am still in awe of some of the things he says.|
Jan 21, 2015
|"Melt your heart by remembering grace." Tim Keller|
No matter how well we educate ourselves with the progression of the terminal illness of dementia, we may find ourselves reeling in reaction to a new level of decreased functioning. It seems that it is one thing to know something intellectually, but to actually witness it in someone we love is quite another matter. Mental health professionals suggest that the best way to move through a feeling is to experience the feeling, so it is important for us to acknowledge the sadness that we will experience along the way as caregivers for someone with the devastating illness of dementia.
Jan 20, 2015
|"Listen ----- are you breathing just a little and calling it life?" Mary Oliver|
Sometimes, as caregivers, we have so many tasks to juggle we may find ourselves holding our breath. Today someone I know told me that I looked tired. That is not exactly the feedback we want to get about our looks, but all of us who provide caregiving are tired -- no wonder we may look it. In addition to seeing to the needs of our loved one -- even if we are not providing 24/7 care -- there are bills to pay, money to earn to pay the bills, household chores to be completed; and often, very often, we are doing these tasks completely alone. Yes, we have a heavy load to carry, but we must remember to breathe. Stopping periodically during the day and taking two deep breaths can be restorative. Yoga instructors often recommend breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Today, let us remember to breathe --- and to live our lives. .