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As a caregiver, you may be so focused on your loved one that you don't realize that your own health and well-being are suffering. Watch for these signs of caregiver stress:
Feeling overwhelmed or constantly worried
Feeling tired most of the time
Sleeping too much or too little
Gaining or losing a lot of weight
Becoming easily irritated or angry
Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy
Having frequent headaches, bodily pain or other physical problems
Abusing alcohol or drugs, including prescription medications
Too much stress, especially over a long time, can harm your health. As a caregiver, you're more likely to experience symptoms of depression or anxiety. In addition, you may not get enough sleep or physical activity, or eat a balanced diet — which increases your risk of medical problems, such as heart disease and diabetes. On this episode of Hope For The Warriors Talk Radio we will share stress-reduction tips and strategies.
SPECIAL GUESTS: Military Veteran Caregivers, Colleen Saffron and Glenda Leary will talk about their experiences of being on the verge of caregiver burnout and how they were able to successfully combat caregiver burnout. Heather Moates will also guest appear on our show and share how she's found stress reduction, individuality and HOPE through creating beautiful wreaths and starting her own business.
Six-time Author, Radio Show Host,and Caregiving expert, Denise M. Brown launched CareGiving.com in 1996; the website features the blogs of family caregivers, weekly words of comforts, free webinars, free weekly self-care plans and an active community. Denise’s books include: "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again."
Denise's insights about the family caregiver experience have been featured in Time magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Money magazine and Chicago Tribune as well as on NPR.org and SmartMoney.com. She served as a community peer reviewer for Pew Research Center's report, "Family Caregivers are Wired for Health," released in June 2013. Denise also recently presented about the family caregiver experience at “Our Aging Market,” an event sponsored by The Harvard Business School Association of Boston.
Join Dave, The Caregivers Caregiver Radio Program for this wonderful interview!
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Joyce talks with Eve (not her real name) about her experience as a caregiver through her husband’s chronic illness and death. She then talks with Dr. Sheryle Baker about Eve’s experience, and about the changes that occur in the dynamics between the patient and the caregiver, and how we can all help the caregiver survive. This is a one hour show.
About Our Guests
Eve (not her real name) is the widow of a man who had von Hippel-Lindau disease, and a series of brain and kidney tumors that led him to a course of dialysis and eventually to his death. Eve graciously shares the pain of her experience so that we can learn from her experience.
Sheryle Baker, M.A., LMHC., is Executive Director of Life Center of Tampa, Florida, a non-profit agency that provides counseling for victims of violent crime, and people who have lost loved ones, through chronic illness or sudden death. She a psychotherapist specializing in bereavement and traumatic loss and incident.
About Caregiver Stress
It is important to manage caregiver stress while you are going through the experience. If the patient is willing to negotiate the changes in roles and responsibilities that occur, that can help. Others around the caregiver can provide important support and outlets for stress.
For both the patient and the caregiver, there are a series of losses, culminating in the death of the loved one. Each of these losses must be grieved, and the grief worked through, or the stress turns outward (as anger) or inward (as bitterness and even illness).
Often when we are in a traumatic incident we muddle on through and seem to be doing fine. After the peak of the stress has passed, however, we crash. This “post-traumatic stress” can be devastating, and requires work to get through it.
Join Dave Nassaney, The Caregiver's Caregiver, and his co-host, Adrienne Gruberg, of The Caregiver Space, as they interview the Mojo Expert, Deborah Kagan. Deborah helps women (of whom 90% of caregivers) conquer self-doubt and indecision to step into their full power, love who they are, and live a turned ON life! To contact Deborah, go to: www.yourlifestartshere.com
Today, I’m welcoming Jaime Cobb with the James L. West Center back to the show. In today’s segment, we’re going to be talking about how caregivers can manage stress. We’re going to cover how long-term stress affects a person, signs of stress, managing stress, changing your mindset and more.
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Join Dave, The Caregiver's Caregiver, as he interviews Tereza Harper & Hana Eicher, the two sisters of Karla Jepson, caregiver to her mom for over a year, that is, until she had a massive aneurysm that left her with severe short-term memory loss and paralysis on her left side. Now her sisters have become not only their mom's caregiver, but Karla’s as well. They will talk about their ordeal, and how they learned how burnout and stress can be disabling, as it was for Karla.
Back in 1979, their family all escaped from Communist Czechoslovakia. Karla's family stayed in a refugee camp in Austria for 5 months and came to California where they settled with the help of the parents' friends. None of them spoke any English when they first came.
Tereza & Hana are both in the health care industry; Karla was a purchasing director at a private school in Calabasas. They each have wonderful children. Hana has a 16 year daughter, Sarah, Karla has a 17 year old son Jake, and Tereza has two daughters, 6 year old Stana, and 4 year old Lenka.
Their dad passed away four years ago, and their mom hurt her lower spine taking care of him in his last two years of life.
They believe the reason they are able to get through all of this hardship is that they were always a very close knit family. It is very difficult for them now to watch their Mom and sister become just a shell of their former selves. They grieve for them, and yet they are still with them.
CAREGIVERS, We are partnering with expert & founder of The Caregiver Space, Adrienne Gruberg, to tailor our efforts to serve you BETTER. Hear the comments and suggestions from our callers. Join Dave Nassaney, The Caregiver's Caregiver, as they discuss how to avoid burnout.
Join Dave, The Caregiver's Caregiver, today anytime 24/7,on recorded podcast, as he interviews Internet Expert, Lee Romanov, who has been online since she made millions of dollars, and never sold a thing
She is an expert in Authority websites. Her unique message is, "Your Opinion Has A Market Value, you can make money when you share your knowledge and experience with the world".
Lee also spent 7 years as a care giver, and has hired care givers for her Mom and Step Dad until their passing. Join us today, and anytime, 24/7 afterwards,on recorded podcast to hear this unique potentially financial rewarding message to caregivers who are struggling financially.
Disclaimer, Dave is not endorsing any financial opportunity on the show, and does not profit in any way by promoting it. He is simply sharing a message that he thought some financially struggling caregivers might benefit from.
Anyone considering this, must do your own research on the appropriatness of this opportunity for yourself.
While the holidays are a joyful time for many, they can be extemely stressful for caregivers providing dementia care, as well as those diagnosed with any cause of dementia. This week The Dementia Whisperer and her guest discuss some of the challenges you may be facing as a caregiver with the holidays fast approaching, as well as tips on how to make it through the "Holi-DAZE". And to assist with this essential topic and conversation, Laura Wayman, The Dementia Whisperer and co-host Scott Cluthe with be joined by their guest this episode, Ms. Alicia Murray. Ms. Murray is a contributing author for The Dementia Whisperers best selling book-A Loving Approach to Dementia Care, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Ms. Murray is also a professional working in the dementia care field as a dementia trainer/expert, but even more importantly, she is Ms. Wayman's daughter! Be sure to tune in and hear this amazing mother/daughter team share vital information about their own dementia care journey and tried and true suggestions to help support and inspire you to make it through the most stressful time of the year for the already beleaguered family and professional dementia care providers.
We look forward to you calling in as this is a live show and we want to hear from you, or download this episode later to listen at your convenience.
Counselor Mandy (Eppley) Bird speaks with author and coach Chris Saade about the importance of liberating ourselves from stress. This is critical because of the proven medical research that stress is linked to many illnesses and diseases. Mandy and Chris cover three aspects of stress: Stress of Dissemination, Profound Stress, and Failure Stress. They offer practical tools for liberating ourselves from each of these types of stress. Stress of Dissemination is when we are doing too much – trying to meet everyone’s needs. Instead, we must focus on the essential needs that must to be met. Profound Stress is when we are involved in work, projects, organizations, etc. that are opposite to our authentic nature. When we are not in harmony with ourselves, the cost is very high. When we are aligned with our heart and our authenticity we have the best chance for good health. Failure Stress is when we are not accepting our humanity and are fighting against the authenticity of life itself. Creativity happens through waves of failures and successes. Thus, we must have both of these. Failures are guiding stars to our successes. The good news is that when we liberate ourselves from stress we can experience much more joy and pleasure!
Chris Saâde is the co-director of The Olive Branch Center with his wife, Jessie Thompson, where he teaches courses on engaged spirituality. He has lead more than 200 psychological and spiritual retreats, and continues to serve as a personal Coach for individuals and couples. Chris worked as a licensed psychotherapist for 11 years in private practice specializing in depression and life transitions before migrating into the world of coaching, writing and teaching. He has written 2 books, 2nd Wave Spirituality: Passion for Peace, Passion for Justice and Prayers for Peace and Justice and 2 recordings with Andrew Harvey. www.theolivebranch.net
Being a teenager today means having to handle more stress and pressure than most previous generations. In a recent study, over 60% of teenage girls complained of feeling severely stressed. Without the proper resources and emotional tools, young women can find themselves struggling in their daily lives. By helping them identify the causes of their stress and learn effective ways to manage it, teens can significantly reduce the toll it takes on their emotional and physical health.
Professional counselor Karen Rigatti discusses some frequently asked questions:
What are the most common sources of stress for today's teen girls?
What are some of the signs of being too stressed?
What can parents do to help their teen if she is overly stressed?
How can teens learn to manage and decrease their stress?
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