Spirituality & Aging: Finding Your Purpose

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What do you want to be when you grow up?  This is a common conversation starter with children. The conversations that follow are often filled with excited possibilities. The answers reveal a lot about our interests, dreams, passions or sense of calling. What I love about children is that the possibilities seem as endless to… Read more »

Spirituality & Aging: Why Is It Important?

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How often have you heard or asked the questions: Why am I here? What is my purpose in life?  What does it all mean? My kids are all grown, and I’m retired, now what? How these questions are answered frame the lens in which one’s very existence is viewed. Like an epic novel, our life unfolds… Read more »

Caregiving & Relationships: Hiring a Professional Caregiver

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We’ve explored important topics in our Caregiving & Relationships series over the last few weeks: The value of training for family caregivers Learning to set boundaries for yourself as a caregiver Coping with guilt as a caregiver As we’ve seen in these posts, caring for a loved one is life changing on so many levels…. Read more »

Caregiving & Relationships: Coping with Guilt

As we move through our series on Caregiving & Relationships, we are learning ways to strengthen and maintain positive relationships. We’re exploring: The value of training for family caregivers How to set boundaries for yourself as a caregiver Learning to know when it’s time to hire a professional caregiver This week, social worker Robyn Arab… Read more »

Caregiving & Relationships: Setting Boundaries

Welcome back to our Caregiving & Relationship series. Last week, we looked at The Value of Training and its impact in a family caregiving setting. Gayle Alston, director of training at Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, Sherry P. White, a project manager at Schmiedling Home Caregiver Training, and Julie Cherry, Care Manager at Blakeford At… Read more »

Caregiving & Relationships: The Value of Training

“Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.” (Tia Walker) For those who provide care to loved ones, this is certainly a true statement. But caregiving also calls on us to be more than we expected of ourselves. Daily responsibilities and the confidence to perform them may weigh heavy on our… Read more »

Caregiving & Relationships: How to Be at Your Best

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As someone who spent time as a caregiver, I know how personal it is. I know how life-changing it can be for everyone involved. All you want is to make sure your family member or loved one is safe and cared for. Because at the heart of family caregiving are relationships. In a caregiving environment,… Read more »

How to Shed Light on the Holiday Blues

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The holidays are a time of joy, bright lights, and celebrations. Family and friends gather for meals, shopping, religious observations and other meaningful traditions. Yet, for many, these same activities can be painful reminders of grief and loss or illicit feelings of what is often referred to as the holiday blues. Good news! There are… Read more »

How Assisted Living Addresses the Challenges of the Disabled

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Lakecia Harper, Healthcare Administrator at Blakeford at Green Hills, recently spoke with OurParents.com about how Assisted Living communities are able to meet the needs of the disabled. In an Assisted Living environment, older adults get the support they need with the activities of daily living (ADLs). As a result, they can spend their days enjoying… Read more »

Decluttering 101: Tips to Make it Easier

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Have you ever made plans to clean out the garage or set aside a weekend for Spring cleaning? Then, you became overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you’ve collected over the years and just gave up? Decluttering can be quite a chore. Debbie Keller, founder and president of Home and Office Transitions, answers common questions about… Read more »