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How to Feel Better as a Dementia Caregiver

In this post I want to talk about two different places you can focus your attention. 

 

One will make caregiving much harder than it has to be. (please don’t choose this one)

 

The other will make a difficult journey much easier for you. 


After reading this post and trying this out- you can take it a step further by joining me in my Make Caregiving Easier experience at makecaregivingeasier.com and let’s keep the ball rolling.

 


If you would rather watch a video on this topic, click here.


 

I was talking to a friend recently and she was telling  me about a book (in full disclosure I have NOT read this book…yet). And it has nothing to do with caregiving…BUT the concept she shared with me was incredibly helpful to me AND I think it can be helpful to any caregiver. 


The book was called The Gap and The Gain by Dan Sullivan and it's a business book. 


BUT, the concept my friend shared was this: In life there is...

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3 STEPS TO LOWERING DEMENTIA CAREGIVER STRESS WITHOUT EXTRA TIME, MONEY, OR HELP. *SPECIAL TRAINING*

Welcome, Careblazer! I’m so excited for today! Not only am I sharing a special video, but it also happens to be the very first day of the Care Course opening. All of the Careblazers on my waitlist have already been alerted, and now it’s time to let all of you know. More details on that to come. 

It’s a bit different from the typical approach. It’s special training that I usually only do live, but I wanted to put it together here because I know that so many of you are in different time zones all across the world and I wanted to share it with as many of you as possible. Especially because if you put the information I share today into work, if you apply this to your life, you will start to notice shifts in your mood, thinking, and stress levels. In this video, I’m sharing with you my Careblazer MAP that you can apply to your own life so you can start to lower your stress, feel better, stop dreading the future and start to get your own life back to a...

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How to get someone with dementia to accept help from others

Welcome back Careblazer. Today I want to talk about how to get your LOWD more receptive to help in the home and what to do if your LOWD is not agreeable to the help. 


To watch the video on this topic, click here


This topic is sparked by a member of my care course. During one of our question and answer sessions, she shared that she has always been the person to care for her husband. 24/7, she did everything. She’s finally at the point where she realizes, she needs to get away from time to time and there are some things she has to do out of the home that her LOWD can’t join her for. There is no family nearby. 

 

This Careblazer did a lot of things right when she introduced the help in the home and I want to share them with you and expand on them a bit. 


Even if you think your loved one would be totally against care, I don't want you to throw out this possibility. Caring for someone with dementia can be challenging and can last years....

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3 THINGS THAT HELP SOMEONE WITH DEMENTIA BE MORE ACCEPTING OF YOUR CARE

caregiver stress Oct 04, 2020

Welcome back, Careblazer. Today I want to share with you 3 ways that you can improve the relationship you have with your LOWD. If you have an amazing relationship already with your LOWD, these ideas will help strengthen and reinforce that relationship. If you feel that your relationship with your LOWD is strained and tense, especially if they see you as someone who tries to get in the way, treats them like a child, or sees you as someone who tries to stop them from doing what you want, then this will definitely help you start to shift into something more friendly, kind, and enjoyable. 


If you would rather watch the video on this topic, click here


The steps I’m sharing don’t require any extra time, money, or help. I’m asking you to give at least one of these ideas a chance. The more you practice these steps the better the results you will see. Also, it’s important to know that doing these steps doesn’t mean you will automatically see a...

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4 Steps to Making a Dementia Emergency Safety Plan

Welcome back Careblazer. Today, I want to talk about what you can do to help make sure your loved one can remain safe in the event of an emergency. This topic has come up recently with some of my care course members and I wanted to share some of what I shared with them.  


If you would like to watch my video on this topic, click here


None of us know what the future holds. It’s possible for you to get sick and have to go into the hospital emergency. There may be hurricanes, wildfires, power outages, heat waves, tornadoes, or you may just find yourself needing to be hospitalized in an emergency. In all of these situations, this may leave your loved one alone (without you), or it may require a quick evacuation. 

 

My goals for you are to help you create your very own emergency plan so that you and your loved one can be safe if you’re ever faced with an emergency. 

 

For starters, let’s talk about where you and/or your loved one...

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Dementia Caregiver Anger

caregiver stress Oct 28, 2018

Today I want to talk about a caregiver emotion that isn’t talked about often even though it happens often- caregiver anger.

Do you ever get angry at your loved one for not doing something correctly? What about when they make a big mess? Do you feel that they are doing something on purpose to make your life more difficult? If so, then this post is for you. If you prefer to watch a video on the topic, you can watch me talk about this here.

There are so many emotions involved when being a dementia caregiver. Some of those emotions can be good, but often the emotions are frustrating, depressing, lonesome, and in some cases just plan mad.

 

When you think of everything that is involved in caring for a loved one with dementia, it’s not surprising that anger is a common emotion. You sacrifice time in caring for your loved one. You sacrifice hobbies and friendships because there just doesn’t seem to be the time for you to do those things since all...

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DIFFICULT DEMENTIA CAREGIVER EMOTIONS

caregiver stress Oct 06, 2018

Well hey there Careblazer. I hope you and your loved ones are doing well.

 

Today’s, I am going to talk about how your expectations and society’s expectations about how you are supposed to feel all the time may actually be keeping you down instead of helping you. It’s a little bit of a different viewpoint than I think most people are used to hearing, and I hope that you find it helpful. I did a video on this topic and you can watch it here

 

Before I get into the details,  I want to take a moment to thank all of my amazing subscribers on YT and especially those who who are supporting me on Patreon. You are the reason why I do what I do. 

 

Okay, let’s get started.

 

Do you feel like you are supposed to feel happy most of the time? When you get frustrated, upset, or sad do you feel like something is wrong with you and that you shouldn’t feel that way? I want to take that pressure off of you.

 

It is...

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2 THINGS MAKING YOUR DEMENTIA CAREGIVER STRESS WORSE

caregiver stress Oct 05, 2018

Welcome back, I'm so happy you are here.

 

I am going to talk about a very important topic- dementia caregiver stress. Specifically, I want to focus on how you may be making your caregiving situation worse...without even realizing it.

 

I did a whole video on this topic and if you prefer to watch that instead of read, you can click here to watch now. 

 

This post is to help those of you who:

- have put your life on hold since caring for loved one with dementia

- feel depressed, lonely, frustrated

- haven’t done anything JUST FOR YOU in the recent past because all your time is given to caring for your loved one

 

I’m going to share 2 ways that you are making your caregiver situation worse and what you can do to start shifting the tides to live a life that you feel better about...all while caring for a loved one with dementia.

 

I’m also sharing some exciting about how to work with me further on dementia caregiver stress for those...

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THIS IS WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL AS A DEMENTIA CAREGIVER

caregiver stress Oct 05, 2018

Well hi there, Careblazer. 

 

In anticipation of my upcoming live care class, this week’s video is all about how to handle the things about dementia that are outside of your control AND the one thing that is in your control.

 

If you prefer to watch the video I did on this topic, you can click right here to watch. 

 

There are sooo many things outside outside of Your control in caring for a loved one with dementia. I talk a lot about how your own behaviors and non-verbal cues impact your loved one with dementia, and I 100% believe your own actions can impact your loved one’s behavior for the better or the worse.

 

I also acknowledge that there are just some days that no matter what you do, things are not going well. Days when no matter how great you feed your loved one, exercise your loved one, take your loved one to the doctor, etc. that things will be out of your control.

 

In situations where your loved one with dementia...

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HOW TO DEAL WITH DEMENTIA CAREGIVER STRESS

caregiver stress Aug 31, 2018

Hi there Careblazer! Today I want to share  with you some common signs of caregiver stress and 5 things that you can start doing RIGHT NOW to help relieve some of your with Stress. Hint: Tip number 4 is my favorite. 

If you are feeling stressed (and what dementia caregiver isn’t stressed from time to time?), then read on to learn some easy, practical, free ways to start lowering your stress levels now. If you prefer to jump to the video where I talk about this, you can watch it by clicking here

I think most of you can recognize signs of caregiver stress because you are actually living the signs of caregiver stress. These are things like:

 

  • Withdrawing from your friends, family, and hobbies.
  • Feeling anxious about having to face another day.
  • Difficulty sleeping because you are worried about how you are going to get everything done. 
  • Feeling sad and depressed- maybe to the point you don’t even want to get out of bed.
  • Feeling...
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