December 7, 2011

The 6th Floor: Caring for Chris, Now That He Has Opened His Eyes By By STACEY BAKER

http://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/05/caring-for-chris-now-that-he-has-opened-his-eyes/

This story is a pure and loving example of what the term ” parent caregiver” truly means. The love of a child has so boundaries…the Coxes are loving and caring parents who demonstrate ultimate devotion.
I commend their fortitude and most of all their love for Chris.
The Coxes have found the balance of loving and caring and are the ultimate caregivers in my eyes.. Their actions are why I wrote “Are You in a Caregiving Relationship and Don’t Know It. Finding a Balance of Loving and Caring”.

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November 13, 2011

Smile is Anti-aging | MedIndia

Smile is Anti-aging | MedIndia.

November 11, 2011

Stressed? Sleepless? You Could be a Caregiver and Not Know It

Stressed? Difficulty sleeping? Caregiving expert, Wendy Packer explains that you are likely functioning in the role of caregiver without even realizing it. Although November is National Caregiver Month and National Family Caregivers Month, created to draw attention to the 46 million caregivers in the United States, Packer points out that the actual number of people in caregiving roles is vastly greater.

“Are you taking care of others and not taking care of yourself?” Packer asks, clarifying that all of us are or will be in some type of caregiving relationship in our lives, usually many such relationships.

Caregivers feel stressed, experience lack of focus and concentration, and often have sleep issues. November is the right time to start taking care of themselves in order to take care of their everyday responsibilities with a clearer head and a healthier outlook…

About Wendy Packer
As author of Are You in a Caregiving Relationship and Don’t Know It? Finding a Balance of Loving and Caring, Packer, who is a RN, Certified Consulting Hypnotist and Reiki Master/Trainer, works with individuals, healthcare providers, medical groups and others. Her mission is to help individuals apply the empowering message: Self care is equally as important as caring for others.

August 31, 2011

Emotional Intelligence (EQ): Five Key Skills for Raising Your EQ

Emotional Intelligence (EQ): Five Key Skills for Raising Your EQ.

August 30, 2011

Preventing Burnout: Signs, Symptoms, Causes, and Coping Strategies

Preventing Burnout: Signs, Symptoms, Causes, and Coping Strategies.

July 25, 2011

How My New Book Will Transform Your Relationships….Really

This book will open your eyes and enlighten you to the relationship and caregiving inevitabilities, realities, and responsibilities we all face. It offers both practical insights into the ways we deal with our caregiving roles and inspiring encouragement for how to lighten your load and become a caregiver for yourself.

Wendy Packer brings her years of experience as a Registered Nurse, Nurse Educator, Certified Consulting Hypnotist, Reiki Master/Trainer, and caregiver to this unique and reflective message that targets both traditional caregivers while equally emphasizing that all of us are always in relationships that need to be more about caring and more about loving.

Wherever you are in your life’s journey right now, after reading this book you will never look at your relationships in the same way again.  Discover how to bring more love to your caregiving relationships and more caring to your love relationships.

In the Foreword written by Mr. Eldercare, Martin R. Sabel, he writes, “Whether you are a caregiver now or know someone who is, you’re about to open a refreshing, new window on your life. When you finish reading Are You in A Caregiving Relationship and Don’t Know It? you’ll never look at the role of caring for another person the same way again.

I know because it happened to me … and caught me completely by surprise in the process!

Linda and Wendy approach defining caregiving in a way I’ve not seen elsewhere. This book is both subtle and thought provoking. It’s written from a deep well of love and understanding about people, particularly the “hidden army” of family caregivers doing the heroes work of caring for a child, spouse or parent.

It’s refreshing, eye-opening, and heart opening at the same time.”

June 17, 2011

In Memory of my brother-in-law…

Dealing with the death of a family member creates a cascade of memories…  A few days ago my brotherin-law Marty passed away.  He was a truly extraordinary man who wore many hats in his life: brother, husband, uncle, father, grandfather, internationally renowned patent attorney and dear friend.

I will always remember Marty as a gentle man who could talk about almost anything and everything.  He was well read regarding politics, religion, and finance and of course everything related to patents.  Yet I would have to say his favorite pastimes were building this or that, constructing rooms, building staircases along with the ability to fix practically anything.  Whenever we visited Marty and his beloved wife Bea of 66 years we would follow the sound of a hammer or saw and inevitably there would be Marty admiring his handy work.

Lest I forget he was also a shoe “maven” learning everything from his family’s business along with being a “foodie”.  Marty would concoct the strangest combinations of various foods and the one wonderful memory I have is that he enjoyed adding jelly to almost everything he ate…I guess that’s why he was so sweet.

The one title that I feel is the ultimate tribute to his memory is that of “caregiver” and “love giver” to his wife and family.

Please enjoy this short video. http://www.thedashmovie.com/

June 12, 2011

Somewhere over the Rainbow…

Author Donald Ahrens in his text Meteorology Today describes a rainbow as “one of the most spectacular light shows observed on earth”. Whenever a rainbow appears I truly feel that I’ve been given a visual gift from the universe.   My happiness quotient increases immediately and my focus shifts to how beautiful and special life truly is.

Do two people ever see the same rainbow? According to http://www.deltatech.com/rv/rainbows.html the answer is “no”. “As the eyes of two people cannot occupy the same place in space at the same time, each observer sees a different rainbow. Why? Well, because the raindrops are constantly in motion so its appearance is always changing. Each time you see a rainbow, it is unique in its own spectacular way!”

For caregivers “somewhere over the rainbow” is a great way to allow yourself a time out.  A segment of time to refocus which allows you to take  time to recharge your battery.  If you are an auditory person listening to your favorite piece of music or special song will have the same effect.  Whatever creates a moment in time for you to smile, relax or just feel better is a much needed respite from all that you do; and may I remind you that you are unique in your own spectacular way and take a moment to go “Somewhere Over Your Rainbow.”

Click on this link for a visual and auditory time out…http://www.flickspire.com/m/LifeSecrets/OverTheRainbow

June 3, 2011

Two Wolves Inside Me Movie

I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but I couldn’t agree more; Life is merely a series of choices. Where you are right now can all be linked back to every choice that you’ve made in your life to date. Every day we all make countless choices and every single one of them counts. That is what this short movie is all about.

via Two Wolves Inside Me Movie.

May 29, 2011

This Memorial Day let us remember our “Military Caregivers” past and present…

When Memorial Day is celebrated I go back to the time of growing up, sitting with my father and longing to hear his war time stories.  The funny thing is I never liked confrontation and found fighting of any kind extremely disturbing; so why was it that I wanted him to share his experiences while in the army?

As I reflect back to that time in my life it must have been to validate that my father was a protector of many.   His military past was a mystery and finding out how strong he was made me feel safe and proud.

He fought in the South Pacific and had been in the front lines and I knew he had many stories to share but never spoke of them.  Instead he shared his message of being part of a community who cared about their country.

I realize all military men and women then and now are our military caregivers; protecting our country and our rights of freedom and democracy.

I salute all military caregivers on this Memorial Day Weekend…especially my father.