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Join us for a lively conversation focusing on the diverse aspects caregiving. We will explore the unique and universal issues that all types of caregivers face, whether the caregivers are adult children looking after their senior parents, individuals caring for someone with a terminal or chronic illness, seniors caring for adult children with disabilities, or even extended families providing support and care for a family member with a mental health challenge. We understand the impact one’s commitment to caregiving can have on your life. Caregiving brings time management constraints as well as physical, emotional, and spiritual struggles. In addition, caregivers confront financial obligations, legal ramifications and workplace consequences. By taking this holistic viewpoint, we’ll offer helpful strategies and resources that can be applied for every personal situation. Tune in every week for your solutions on Caregivers’ Circle.

Latest Episodes

Caregivers’ Circle – Parenting Tips for those Raising a Child with a Mental Illness – part 2

I know that all parents probably hear their children, at one time or another, complain that their brother or sister are getting more attention or special treatment than he or she is. Hearing, “But it’s not fair!” is something to which all of us parents can relate. For me, this feeling of unfairness occurs not only in the typical situations, but also in unpredictable times. My son has anxiety and there are many times when his anxiety rises and he needs me. He needs me to leave the room with him, breathe slowly with him, lie down next to him before bed, or stay home from a planned family outing. I see the hurt in my daughter’s eyes when this happens and she has verbalized that she doesn’t have my attention in the same way my son does. What can I do? I want to meet the needs of both of my kids but at times, but if I’m honest, I prioritize my son’s needs when he in crisis, or in order to avoid a crisis. Is this wrong? I certainly feel guilty about it. How do I make up these momen...

29 MIN2017 FEB 27
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Caregivers’ Circle – Parenting Tips for those Raising a Child with a Mental Illness – part 2

Caregivers Circle – The Invisible Shackles of a Locked, Memory Care Floor

Once when I was driving on the highway I noticed a woman, who looked to be about 85 years old, walking on the side of the highway. I looked for a car that she possibly abandoned but didn’t see one. My first thought was that she had Alzheimer’s disease and was lost and wandering. I immediately called 911 to make sure she was okay. You’ve heard about these situations in which a person with memory loss is relocated, or to use a word I hate “placed” in a “secured” setting for their own safety. Most of the time the family tells me about how difficult the decision was for them but they felt they had no choice. Their loved one was no longer safe at home and they didn’t have the time, resources or skill set to manage the symptoms of Dementia. Soon after their loved one’s “admittance” I hear about the senior who is “acting out” or “angry” or “isolating” or “resistant” to being in this new environment. Sounds like a pretty normal and expected reaction. I know I wouldn’t wa...

31 MIN2017 FEB 20
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Caregivers Circle – The Invisible Shackles of a Locked, Memory Care Floor

Caregivers Circle – Caregiver Guilt can be Transformed to Caregiver Wellness!

I was raised in a family who used guilt as a motivation technique. I say that a bit in tongue and cheek but there are situations in which guilt is used or to drive us into action or as a form of manipulation. I’m not sure if it was my early introduction to guilt or if it is just my personality, but I feel guilty at least 10 times a day about something I have or have not done. Sometimes I can quickly let my guilt go and move forward and other times it keeps me awake at night and leads me to decisions with which I may not actually feel comfortable. Guilt can be used in healthy way, perhaps, to help us reflect on a situation, evaluate our options and to make a better choice. But, guilt can also destroy us emotionally and leave us feeling empty, devastated and not good enough. This week’s guest on Caregivers’ Circle, Dr. Eboni Green (http://caregiversupportservices.com/), discusses how to evaluate our guilt and to work through it in an effective and healthy way.

30 MIN2017 FEB 13
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Caregivers Circle – Caregiver Guilt can be Transformed to Caregiver Wellness!

Latest Episodes

Caregivers’ Circle – Parenting Tips for those Raising a Child with a Mental Illness – part 2

I know that all parents probably hear their children, at one time or another, complain that their brother or sister are getting more attention or special treatment than he or she is. Hearing, “But it’s not fair!” is something to which all of us parents can relate. For me, this feeling of unfairness occurs not only in the typical situations, but also in unpredictable times. My son has anxiety and there are many times when his anxiety rises and he needs me. He needs me to leave the room with him, breathe slowly with him, lie down next to him before bed, or stay home from a planned family outing. I see the hurt in my daughter’s eyes when this happens and she has verbalized that she doesn’t have my attention in the same way my son does. What can I do? I want to meet the needs of both of my kids but at times, but if I’m honest, I prioritize my son’s needs when he in crisis, or in order to avoid a crisis. Is this wrong? I certainly feel guilty about it. How do I make up these momen...

29 MIN2017 FEB 27
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Caregivers’ Circle – Parenting Tips for those Raising a Child with a Mental Illness – part 2

Caregivers Circle – The Invisible Shackles of a Locked, Memory Care Floor

Once when I was driving on the highway I noticed a woman, who looked to be about 85 years old, walking on the side of the highway. I looked for a car that she possibly abandoned but didn’t see one. My first thought was that she had Alzheimer’s disease and was lost and wandering. I immediately called 911 to make sure she was okay. You’ve heard about these situations in which a person with memory loss is relocated, or to use a word I hate “placed” in a “secured” setting for their own safety. Most of the time the family tells me about how difficult the decision was for them but they felt they had no choice. Their loved one was no longer safe at home and they didn’t have the time, resources or skill set to manage the symptoms of Dementia. Soon after their loved one’s “admittance” I hear about the senior who is “acting out” or “angry” or “isolating” or “resistant” to being in this new environment. Sounds like a pretty normal and expected reaction. I know I wouldn’t wa...

31 MIN2017 FEB 20
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Caregivers Circle – The Invisible Shackles of a Locked, Memory Care Floor

Caregivers Circle – Caregiver Guilt can be Transformed to Caregiver Wellness!

I was raised in a family who used guilt as a motivation technique. I say that a bit in tongue and cheek but there are situations in which guilt is used or to drive us into action or as a form of manipulation. I’m not sure if it was my early introduction to guilt or if it is just my personality, but I feel guilty at least 10 times a day about something I have or have not done. Sometimes I can quickly let my guilt go and move forward and other times it keeps me awake at night and leads me to decisions with which I may not actually feel comfortable. Guilt can be used in healthy way, perhaps, to help us reflect on a situation, evaluate our options and to make a better choice. But, guilt can also destroy us emotionally and leave us feeling empty, devastated and not good enough. This week’s guest on Caregivers’ Circle, Dr. Eboni Green (http://caregiversupportservices.com/), discusses how to evaluate our guilt and to work through it in an effective and healthy way.

30 MIN2017 FEB 13
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Caregivers Circle – Caregiver Guilt can be Transformed to Caregiver Wellness!

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