Thursday, October 18, 2018

My facebook account is now closed. Yesterday I finished unjoing all my communities of google+ and deleted my google+ account as well.

To all those that have requested adding certain resources to my blog recently, I sasy to you thank you, but they will not be added.  I will be making one more post after this one and it will be my last. I will explain why then.  About a week after that post, I will be saving my blog to a file and then my blog will be deleted fromw the web.

God Bless & Keep You & This Country of  Ours!
joe

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Well finally I have gotten to the post page. Me and my friend Alzheimer's have been going to talk to you for months now, but I get here and well things just go south.  Since we moved to Nevada last year I have had a very hard time adjusting to things.  I did not think when we made the move that it would affect me like it has.  I am finally content where we are.  It has taken a lot of brain power, I use that term loosely, to cope with things.  I put so much time and effort into getting the move ready and all paperwork in place and finances that by the time we moved I was totally not with me.  Then all the improvements we have made and a wedding of my youngest all combined to just fry that ½ a brain cell that I have left.  The truth be known I really have not been sure of where I have been mentally this last year.  Many times I have forgotten that we moved and things, all of which I have kept to myself. I have tried to remain calm and pleasant and all that BS, but it has not worked out to well. Even though I have not personally posted for some time my blog has still won some additional awards, but they do not mean what they used to.  See this is not about awards, it is about my disease and how it affects me, which I am not really sure how to answer any longer.  I have gone back to consulling to helpm ==m , the jury is still out on that.  I have closed my facebook page, left groups I belonged to, have done much of the same with google+ and others.  Not able to keep up with the remains, read posts, comment and the rest they have all become to much to handle.

The heat here is not my friend, but we have central air and I am fine with that. We have been in the 100's since about mid June, it is finally cooling down at night that means that fall is on it's way here and we will be down in the 80's and 70's.  We live in the desert area, so this is the type of weather we have.  We did go back to southern California on a small trip two or so weeks ago and the humidity there was just to much.  I have gotten use to the dry air here and  the difference in altitude from about 77 ft above sea level to over 2600 ft above.

I am having more trouble keeping my words correct they get more messed up now when I talk than they used to. It is quite frustrating so many times I just sit and say nothing.  My way of dealing with it. I get asked you ok and always yes I am fine, whether I am or not. It is getting harder to hine what is taking place inside this brain of mine.

One thing that really took me back was getting invited to an International meeting with researchers, workers in the field of dementia and Alzheimer's in Europe next year.  Boy what a mistake they made they must not really read my blog to see my feelings about the medical profession, but still an honor for someone like me.

I am fading fast so I am going to go for now.  Not sure when I will be back. I miss comming here but I just freeze up and go blank on what I want to say. Not even sure I said what I wanted to here. Be careful of the Snake Oil peddelers on the Internet, there are no cures and the causes they come up with really are trully fantasies.  No causes 100% confirmed, amazing over 100 years later and they really do not know much more if anything.

Well you take care of yourselves.

God Bless and Keep You and This Country of Ours!
joe

Saturday, August 18, 2018

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Thursday, May 17, 2018






6 Do’s and Don’ts of Self-Care for New Caregivers

Being a new caregiver can come with a unique set of stresses as you shift much of your life to focus on someone else. Research has shown that stress can impact both your physical health and mental health. Here are some important self-care reminders that keep you healthy and happy, as well as help maximize your caregiving abilities.

Do Find a Communication Outlet

Many new caregivers are faced with a set of experiences and challenges that are difficult to anticipate, and finding someone who is willing to listen or help is often a powerful source of comfort. Express yourself and talk about your feelings or experiences. It can help you identify solutions to difficulties you may run into and cope with your new responsibilities.

A 2016 report from the Health and Wellness Division of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reports that counseling and self-care can contribute to the overall health of the caregiver as well as the person being cared for. Some people find that talking to a counselor is most beneficial, while other find that simply having a friend to talk to is sufficient.

Don’t Shut Yourself Off from Friends

The New York Times highlighted one of the most prominent problems some caregivers might encounter: social isolation. Isolation can become acute as you focus constantly on the person or people under your care.

Meaningful, healthy relationships help you recharge and continue being an effective caregiver. Focus on maintaining current social ties that you have, such as a book group, a church group, friends you exercise with, or any other wholesome source.

Do Make Something Tasty

The deadlines that come with being a new caregiver can make you feel like it’s almost impossible to eat well. As you settle into your new caregiving responsibilities, it can be hard to find time to make food every day or to eat well all the time. A little meal prep can go a long way.

Even if you just plan a couple of meals each week, preparing them when you have a little down time minimizes the time required later in the week. Additionally, being able to treat yourself to a healthy dish that you really enjoy can be an excellent way to shed some stress and just unwind.

Do Build Mental Resilience

As a new caregiver, you might experience difficulty with personal care issues like feeding or dressing, and it’s important to think through these experiences in advance to come up with ways to make it easier.

There are lots of great resources, such as help groups both online and as meetups, where people are going through similar things to you and can help you find ways to deal with challenges that arise. Take a look at what you’re doing right, too. It helps you identify progress you’re making and can contribute to resilience.

Don’t Self-Medicate

When you’re stressed out, it might be tempting to reach for the bottle or take medication that helps numb the pain. However, these can be highly addictive. A recent study showed that caregivers who take care of patients with heavy burdens are likelier than the control group of caregivers to consume antidepressants. Caregivers who care for dementia patients need to especially utilize self-care, which includes avoiding excessive alcohol and drug use.

Do Something That Makes You Laugh

Whether you watch a favorite episode from a sitcom you love or you snuggle in for a night reading a funny book, laughing lightens the responsibilities of caregiving. A recent HuffPost article highlighted how important it is to take your caregiver role seriously while also not beating yourself up or taking things personally. Being able to decompress at the end of the day by laughing can help you avoid burnout.

It’s easy to lose yourself as you settle into your caregiver role. Take steps to make sure that you care for yourself; it’ll make you a far more effective and capable caregiver.

Author

Harry Cline is creator of NewCaregiver.org and author of the upcoming book, The A-Z Home Care Handbook: Health Management How-Tos for Senior Caregivers. As a retired nursing home administrator, father of three, and caregiver to his ninety-year-old uncle, Harry knows how challenging and rewarding caregiving can be. He also understands that caregiving is often overwhelming for those just starting out. He created his website and is writing his new book to offer new caregivers everywhere help and support.

God Bless & Keep You & This Country of Ours!

PS> as you know I am not a caregiver but suffer from Alzheimer's and Dementia.  Harry approached me and asked if he could write an article for my blog, well there it is.