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Caregivers of Older Adults Blog | Spirituality & Aging

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: Where do you find the strength?

By Cyndy Marsh on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 @ 04:04 PM

A mother-daughter relationship can be quite complex.  Beatrice was not the oldest in her family, she wasn’t the closest to her parents nor was she particularly fond of her mother, with whom she had always struggled to find a connection.  But now her mom was widowed, in her late eighties and in need of assistance due to severe health issues.  When her older sister called to let her know their mom could no longer live alone and would need someone to stay with her, and asked her to consider being the caregiver, Beatrice was stunned!  Could she do it?  Would this possibly be an opportunity to finally make things right with her mom?  Was it too late for that relationship she had always wanted?  As these questions all swirled around in her head, she decided with much trepidation to plunge into the role of cargiver feeling this might be her last chance to make up for all the lost years of being estranged from her mother.

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Chronicles of Caregiving: It’s Complicated!

By Cyndy Marsh on Wed, Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:19 AM

And I thought my life was complicated while raising four kids, working, and going to school!  Caring for an aging parent offers a totally different kind of reality especially if the one you are caring for is not accustomed to having someone else do the caring!

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Caregiver Help: Genie in the Magic Lamp!

By Cyndy Marsh on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 @ 09:49 AM

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Caregiving: The Joy of Giving

By Cyndy Marsh on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 @ 05:03 PM

Every year during the month of November we commemorate a variety of very solemn and sometimes even bizarre days; everything from Veteran’s Day to Book Lovers and Sandwich Day and of course all the way to Thanksgiving Day.   Each of these days took some effort to be added to the list and means something special to a particular group of people.  One exceptional group that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle is the caregiver – especially caregivers of older adults.  Beginning in 1994, family caregivers were first recognized during National Family Caregivers Week, but it was President Clinton who was the first to honor caregivers as a month-long celebration, signing the first proclamation declaring November National Family Caregivers Month.  Every year since, the American President in office has declared November a month to recognize the challenges, struggles, and tremendous sacrifice millions of family caregivers provide every day.

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mmLearn.org Recognizes Inspirational Caregivers

By Cyndy Marsh on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 @ 04:42 PM

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Thanksgiving from the Heart - A Special Prayer for Caregivers

By Cyndy Marsh on Thu, Nov 14, 2013 @ 04:03 PM

"Some people complain because God put thorns on roses, while others praise Him for putting roses among thorns." (Anonymous)

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Caregiving: Learning the Grace of Acceptance

By Cyndy Marsh on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 @ 03:16 PM

I remember so clearly the day I asked my sister if she could stay with our 88 year old mom for just a few hours while I ran some errands and just took some time for a much needed breather.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my sister and we have a great relationship, but her response to me that day, “Well, what do you want me to do with her?” almost put me over the edge!  Not wanting it to become a family crisis, I offered some suggestions and didn’t look back, at least not until I could compose myself. 

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Caring for the Hateful Patient!

By Cyndy Marsh on Thu, Aug 08, 2013 @ 04:32 PM

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Caregivers: Don’t Give up Your Dreams

By Cyndy Marsh on Tue, Jul 02, 2013 @ 02:49 PM

“So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard;
we're gonna have to work at this everyday,
but I want to do that because I want you.
I want all of you, forever, everyday.
You and me... everyday.”
― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

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