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How Will You Replenish Yourself Today?

By: NANCY O’TOOLE on March 01 2015

“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” ~Eleanor Brownn, author and speaker                            How will you replenish yourself today Read More

Reflect and Celebrate

By: NANCY O’TOOLE on February 28 2015

It’s the end of the month. It’s time to Reflect and Celebrate! Every day I left a blog, a “gift”, from me to you. A “gift” to consider, think about, reflect on, and act on. Let’s revisit some of the “gifts” I shared: Approaches and Tips for Family Caregivers and Family Caregiving Long distance family caregiver lessons Self-care for family... Read More

Long Distance Family Caregiver Lesson #1: Stay In Contact Between Visits

By: NANCY O’TOOLE on February 27 2015

The first lesson I’m sharing with long distance family caregivers is to stay in contact between visits. Staying in touch with your aging loved one between visits is so important for many reasons. This may seem obvious. Yet I ask you, “Do you stay in contact with your aging loved one between visits?” You see, it’s not so easy.... Read More

My Favorite Dementia Resource

By: NANCY O’TOOLE on February 26 2015

Alzheimer’s is a term often used to describe someone with cognitive impairment, especially among the aging population. Yet, Alzheimer’s is just one form of the condition we know as dementia which describes many forms of permanent decline in one’s cognitive ability. It’s important to know that not all cognitive decline is permanent. Certain conditions including vitamin deficiencies, side effects... Read More

Why Learning Is Good For You And Your Aging Loved One

By: NANCY O’TOOLE on February 25 2015

Some of us at one point will stop learning and freeze ourselves in time. As we age we will continue to look for the familiar and talk about the past. Others of us will continue to learn as long as we live. We will continue to explore the unknown and feed our thirst for answers. It’s my choice and... Read More

The 3 Biggest Mistakes Family Caregivers Make. Solve Mistake #1: Not Taking Care Of Yourself

By: NANCY O’TOOLE on February 24 2015

Family caregivers are notorious for taking care of others but not taking care of themselves. Not taking care of yourself is the #1 mistake family caregivers make. Not taking care of yourself as a family caregiver is a tragic mistake not only for you, but also for your aging loved one. To be an effective family caregiver you need... Read More

The 3 Biggest Mistakes Family Caregivers Make. Mistake #1: Not Taking Care Of Yourself

By: NANCY O’TOOLE on February 23 2015

Are you the family caregiver that makes sure the kids get to school and to their activities? Are you the family caregiver with a full time job? Are you the family caregiver with the cooking, cleaning, laundry and other household chores? Are you the family caregiver checking on your aging loved one? Are you the family caregiver doing chores... Read More

Make Music Memories With Your Aging Loved One

By: NANCY O’TOOLE on February 22 2015

Are your visits with your aging parents, mom, dad or other aging loved one boring? Do you find yourself asking the same questions, hearing the same stories, and wondering if this is what it’s going to be like for you when you get old, a boring visit with your kids? I’m here to say that this dynamic can be... Read More

Family Caregiver Tip: Stress Relief Is Only A Breath Away

By: NANCY O’TOOLE on February 21 2015

Family Caregiver Tip: Next time you notice yourself tensed up, stressed, or at wit’s end about your family caregiving, breathe. Whether it’s during a visit with you loved one or not, breathe for stress relief. I did say next time you notice because in order to do anything about how you’re feeling you have to recognize it first. Know your personal cues... Read More

Lessons Of A Long Distance Family Caregiver

By: NANCY O’TOOLE on February 20 2015

By the time my parents started needing help, I was halfway across the country. What was I really going to do for them being so far away? It turns out that my work experience taught me much of what I needed to know and do. You see, much of my career involved managing remote locations. I wasn’t always able... Read More