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Caregivers of Older Adults Blog | Depression

Hope for Caregivers: Blooming Amidst Dreary Winter Days

By Cyndy Marsh on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 @ 10:33 AM

In South Texas we’re pretty accustomed to 100 degree weather in the summer, but winters’ occasional freezes, icy roads and temperatures in the mid-twenties cause all kinds of havoc.  Much to the delight of children and probably teachers, school closings are common, along with a record number of car accidents and that’s without a trace of snow on the ground. But it may also be those dark dreary days of winter that can sometimes cause the elderly and may be even their caregivers to feel depressed or just out of sorts. Perhaps it’s just a matter of becoming resilient to our particular circumstances that helps all of us withstand the test of whatever challenges we deal with on a regular basis. 

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Caregiving: The Mamas & The Papas

By Cyndy Marsh on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 @ 04:08 PM

In the mid to late sixties the folk rock group The Mamas & The Papas splashed on to the recording scene with hits such as California Dreaming – remember?  It was several years ago while working in a university office when during a weekly luncheon meeting we realized that there were at least six of us caring for elderly parents.  What began soon after was an impromptu gathering of a support group we fittingly named “The Mamas & The Papas.” The group made way for a much needed and long overdue discussion about what everyone was doing to stay sane and find ways to better cope with the stresses and responsibilities of caregiving.  Word made its’ way quickly around the small university and before long “The Mamas & The Papas” group welcomed caregiving spouses and even students helping care for grandparents. 

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