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What do you do when your parent needs care, but doesn't deserve it? Christopher was a caregiver to his mom before she died of cancer. He really didn't WANT to take care of her, but he felt that he HAD to take care of her, even though she didn't really take care of him as a child and teenager very well. With his father nowhere in sight, his mother nearly gave him up for adoption. Instead, she struggled to provide a life for him while battling multiple psychiatric disorders. Because of her struggle to keep a job, he went from being an average 13-year-old kid living in a 4-bedroom house to being a homeless 7th-grade-dropout, living in the family station wagon — and, if that wasn’t enough, he had to share it with 18 cats and 2 dogs! As a result of his mother’s limitations, Christopher constantly endured mental and physical abuse throughout most of his young life. For the next four agonizing years, Christopher suffered through — and survived — many painful experiences, which ultimately made him the man he is today! After deciding he wasn’t going to be a victim of his circumstances anymore,Christopher changed the course of his life. He overhauled his belief system and seriously got down to business. As a result, he proudly earned a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management, purchased two houses, married his love, and started his professional speaking and training career (Kickass Guiide to Life). Join Dave Nassaney, The Caregiver's Caregiver, author of numerous articles and books, speaker, life coach, and radio talk-show host for caregivers who are burned out, but his most important role is being a caregiver to his lovely wife, Charlene. Tune in every WEDNESDAY at NOON PST (Re-broadcasts Saturday at 3:30pm PST,) for interviews with experts in the caregiving field, as they discuss topics of great interest to caregivers, which will help them avoid burnout.
Are you a caregiver? Need help? Join us for a caregiver support marathon. Our guest expert(s) show line-up answer these questions:
1. How do you prepare to be caregiver?
Expert: Michael Neuvirth
2. What can you do as a caregiver to remain physically healthy?
Expert: Christopher J. MacLellan
3. How do caregivers remain sane when faced with the added stress of being a caregiver?
Expert: Sherri Snelling
4. When should caregivers seek help?
Expert: Donna Seebo
5. When you ask for help, and no one responds, then what?
Expert: Hal Chapel
6. How do you recover from being a caregiver?
Expert: Lori La Bey
Click this link to see a detailed program guide. Connect with all our guest to access a bounty of caregiver resources.
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Caregiver Wellness: Are you headed toward spiritual distress?
Caring for a loved one or client suffering from a debilitating or terminal illness can be distressing. The feeling of distress often compounds when there is little hope that your loved one’s suffering will be eased or that her condition will improve. The resulting long-term emotional strain can lead you to question of the general the meaning of life and result in spiritual distress.
It is important to recognize that there can be serious implications for your health and relationships if you are not spiritually well. Spiritual wellness does not necessarily relate to religious activities or rituals; rather spiritual wellness focuses on the activity of adding meaning to your life and those for whom you care. In fact, spirituality can serve as a positive coping mechanism, as it is associated with better mental health, and linked to less depression. Some researchers also suggest that spirituality might serve as a protective factor against negative health outcomes among caregivers.
Join us on October 29th at 11:00 a.m. CST as we continue our year long-series of exploring the nine components of the Caregiver Wellness “U” Model. Our caregiver expert, Dr. Eboni Green whose credentials include the co founding of Caregiver Support Services and is a professor for two major universities and is the lead instructor for family caregiver training program at Caregiver Support Services will educate us on what it means to be spiritually well as a caregiver.
Judy Aguino, caregiver to her husband who had severe diabetes and kidney failure talks about her experiences with caregiving, burnout and the grief process, along with her sister, Suzy Golden, who offers emotional support to her disabled husband due to severe and constant hip and thigh pain from a fall.
Join Dave Nassaney, The Caregiver's Caregiver, author of numerous articles and books, speaker, life coach, and radio talk-show host for caregivers who are burned out, but his most important role is being a caregiver to his lovely wife, Charlene. His latest book that he is now working on is entitled: The Caregiver's Caregiver, A Guide to Avoiding Burnout. It is designed to teach caregivers who are taking care of their loved ones (due to an illness or disability) how to take care of themselves FIRST. If they don't learn this, they will likely suffer burnout and become as helpless as the person they are caring for. Tune in every Wednesday at noon, PST, (Re-Broadcast Saturdays at 3:30pm PST) for interviews with experts in the caregiving field, as they discuss topics of great interest to caregivers, which will help them avoid burnout. www.DaveTheCaregiversCaregiver.com
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Resilience is a strengths-based term that refers to the ability of the caregiver to adjust and adapt positively despite challenging care-related situations. Resilience among caregivers is important because we must be able to pick ourselves up and refocus our energy in a healthy way. One of our resilient caregivers stated that “I am a family caregiver and even though there may be days that it takes all I can give I would not give it up for anything.”
Never giving up and pushing forward as a caregiver is the type of resilience we will be discussing on this show. We will also discuss how you as a caregiver can provide care for a sick or disabled loved one or client in a healthy and flexible way. Please join us on March 26, 2012 @ 11 a.m. CST as Dr. Eboni Green further defines and discusses what it means and how to become a resilient caregiver.
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The term empowerment is defined as the ability to engage in and execute behaviors for successful caregiving. It is a significant force that helps the caregiver with the tasks associated with caring for a sick or disabled loved one. In fact, once a caregiver is empowered, the caregiver is better able to help a loved one live life with greater fulfillment.
Also empowered caregivers are more likely to take self-responsibility for their health and wellness, in addition to the well-being of their loved one. In fact, in a recent study, employed caregivers were found to have higher healthy behavior index scores than noncaregivers (Coughlin, 2010). Coughlin has suggested that the higher healthy behavior index scores among employed caregivers might be related to the caregivers being empowered to make healthier lifestyle decisions such as not smoking, exercising regularly, and eating fresh fruits and vegetables on a more consistent basis.
Join us on February 27, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. CST as caregiver expert, Dr. Eboni Green discusses the profile of an empowered caregiver and how we as caregivers can take responsibility of self-empowerment and strive for optimum wellness.
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Caregiver Wellness: When guilt becomes an unhealthy emotion Are you feeling guilty? The truth is it is not uncommon for caregivers to experience some level of guilt even when they know they have done all they can to support a sick or disabled loved one or client. Join us today where we will discuss guilt and explore strategies to work though guilt as a caregiver. Guilt impacts psychological wellness, which is a part of the Caregiver Wellness: U model, a conceptual model that incorporates the movement toward social, psychological, physical, intellectual, spiritual, occupational, and financial wellness, while also incorporating the empowerment and resilience necessary to take charge of one’s health on a holistic basis. The components are not chronological; rather, they represent collective components. According to the Caregiver Wellness: U model, being psychologically well means that a person has adequate coping skills to deal with the sometimes competing emotions associated with caring for a sick or disabled loved one or client. Join us on September 24th @ 11 a.m. as caregiver expert Dr. Eboni Green discusses what it means to be psychologically well.
Carmen Berry, MSW, is a New York Times bestselling author who has authored, co-authored and ghost written over 25 books. Her books have been published by large houses such as HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin, and smaller publishers as well. She has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows including Oprah, Montel and Sally Jesse Rafael. Her story has been published in People Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today and many other national and local publications. With over a million and a half copies sold worldwide, Carmen's books have been translated into seven languages: Chinese, Hebrew, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.
In addition to being a successful author, Carmen has been teaching coaching authors since 1999. She is a nationally recognized speaker and writing instructor, working with large and small groups, and with individual authors.
Join Dave Nassaney, The Caregiver's Caregiver, author of numerous articles and books, speaker, life coach, and radio talk-show host for caregivers who are burned out, but his most important role is being a caregiver to his lovely wife, Charlene. His latest book that he is now working on is entitled: "The Caregiver's Caregiver, A Guide to Avoiding Burnout." It is designed to teach caregivers who are taking care of their loved ones (due to an illness or disability) how to take care of themselves FIRST. If they don't learn this, they will likely suffer burnout and become as helpless as the person they are caring for. Tune in every WEDNESDAY at NOON PST (Re-broadcasts Saturday at 3:30pm PST,) for interviews with experts in the caregiving field, as they discuss topics of great interest to caregivers, which will help them avoid burnout.
Faaantastic! FDN Support Talk Radio is here for you to get information that matters most! Get together with Reed Davis, FDN Mentors and Special Guests. Submit questions ahead of time, or better yet, call in live and join in the discussion. This is your chance to pick what's left of Reed's brain to improve your understanding of lab interpretations, case management challenges, and business issues you may be facing.
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The following quotation is from a family caregiver: "I am very isolated, can’t really leave the house and get very little relief. The friend that calls me the most is not the friend I feel most comfortable with. The amount of family support is minimal." (A Caregiver Support Services Caregiver) The term social wellness refers to the number and quality of social supports available to caregivers. Social wellness includes interpersonal relationships and access to support from family, friends, church, and community. Please join us on April 30, 2012 at 11 a.m. CST as caregiver expert Dr. Eboni Green defines and discusses social wellness as a component of the Caregiver Wellness "U" model.
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