April-June 2019 Caring Connection Newsletter

april 2019 Caring connection newsletter

2019 Calendar:

April

National Walking Day Apr 3

National Public Health Week April 1-7

Parkinson’s Awareness Month

May

National Women’s Checkup Day May 13

Healthy Vision Month

Better Hearing & Speech Month

Arthritis Awareness Month

June

National Safety Month

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day June 15

National Cancer Survivors Day June 2

 

    The Caring Connection

 

       Edition 2, Volume 2

April – June 2019

 

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the things which you think you cannot do.”

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Grief Recovery

http://aging.maryland.gov/accesspoint/Pages/grief-recovery.aspx

Grief is normal and natural after the loss of a loved one. The only ‘cure’ for grief is grieving. It can’t be ignored, repressed, or dismissed without lasting consequences. But there are a range of programs, tools and resources to help you cope and live with your loss.

Grief recovery is simply the process of dealing with loss:

  • Shock, confusion, depression, guilt, lack of appetite and sleep disorders is just some of the common expressions of grief.
  • Fortunately, there are support groups, chat rooms, videos and books, and professional counselors that can help you through this painful process.
  • This process is different for everyone, and it lasts longer for some than others. Grief takes its own path.

Caregivers often experience the most profound grief. The stress of caring for a loved one does not negate the reward in caregiving. When that loved one is no longer there, it represents a unique loss. It is sometimes the loss of the former life for the caregiver, the end of an era.

There are five stages of grief. It can be helpful to understand that you may feel any or all of these things during your grieving process.

  • Denial: “This can’t be happening to me.”
  • Anger: “Why is this happening? Who is to blame?”
  • Bargaining: “Make this not happen, and in return I will ____.”
  • Depression: “I’m too sad to do anything.”
  • Acceptance: “I’m at peace with what happened.”
  • Grief is not depression, grief is grief. Distinguishing between grief and depression isn’t always easy. They share many symptoms, but there are ways to tell the difference.
  • Grief can feel like being on a roller coaster. It involves varying emotions and you will have good and bad days.
  • Even when you are in the grieving process, you will have happy moments.
  • With depression, the feelings of emptiness and despair are constant. If you feel like you need help, get it. Talk to a counselor or therapist.

Grief Recovery Tips

  • Schedule regular appointments to see friends for lunch, dinner or coffee.
  • Go to the movies, you are less likely to become isolated if you make plans.
  • Walk, exercise does wonders to make you feel better. Also, consider yoga or other exercise.
  • Write about how you are feeling, and about the moments you shared with your loved one. Journaling is very helpful, and there is no need to share these personal thoughts. They belong to you.
  • Laugh, read a funny book or watch a movie, even your favorite ones that you have read and seen before. It is okay to laugh. You have to keep living.

april 2019 Caring connection newsletter

Spring Egg Hunt

Friday, April 19th at the Arbutus Senior Center

(855 Sulphur Spring Rd, Arbutus, MD 21227)

Must RSVP w/ # kids attending

(410) 887-1410

www.ncea.aoa.gov/

www.pdf.org/caregiving_fam_issues

www.respitelocator.org

www.ecarediary.com

www.caregiverstress.com

www.caregivingcafe.com

 

 

Tips for Eczema

Reviewed by Deborah A. Fending, RN (October 01, 2016)

Always follow your doctor’s recommendations and use these tips to keep your skin hydrated and reduce the effects of weather change on your skin.

  1. Take a warm bath daily (or shower if eczema is mild).
  2. Use a gentle cleanser if needed.
  3. Use moisturizer or medicine within three minutes of getting out of the tub or shower.
  4. Use sunscreen for outdoor activities.
  5. Keep fingernails short.
  6. Avoid scratching, apply moisturizer when itchy.
  7. Wear soft fabrics such as cotton or cotton blends, and avoid wool and acrylic.
  8. Use dye- and fragrance-free laundry products.
  9. Identify and manage triggers.
  10. Wash new clothes before wearing.

POWERFUL TOOLS for CAREGIVERS

$30 May 1 – June 5 (from 6pm-7:30pm)

Office on Aging & Independence

Kathy Wehr 410-313-5955

kwehr@howardcountymd.gov

Our goal is to improve the lives of caregivers and their care recipients thru outreach, conversation, training & resources.

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FAMILY CAREGIVERS ANNUAL MINI-CONFERENCE Baltimore County Department of Aging “Strategies for Successful Caregiving: Overcoming Barriers in Caring For Those with Dementia or Mental Health Illnesses” for relatives caring for older loved ones Saturday, April 6, 2019 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. BYKOTA Senior Center First floor Gymnasium 611 Central Avenue, Towson 21204 Open seating. Free admission. Refreshments sponsored by AARP Maryland. No registration needed, plenty of seats

 

 

DRIVER SAFETY COURSE at the Catonsville Senior Center (501 N Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228) Register and pay in adv inside office. $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Checks or money orders only, payable to AARP. April 15, June 24, August 26, October 28 Check with your insurance company to see if they will give you a discount on your insurance if you take this course.

LIVING WELL: Take Charge of Your Health!

Elkridge 50+ Center

6540 Washington Blvd, 21075

(410) 313-3506

April 4, 11, 18, 25 & May 2

10am – 12:30pm

If you are living with one or more chronic health conditions, this evidence-based, self-management program has been created for YOU! This interactive, supportive approach can help participants experience positive health outcomes & improve            quality of life.

START LIVING WELL TODAY!

 

april 2019 Caring connection newsletter