Tips on How to Maintain Your Loved One’s Dignity – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP

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When caring for a loved one who has dementia, it sometimes may seem like he or she behaves as a child. But persons with dementia are grown ups who have lived full lives and should be treated as such. For tips on how to maintain your loved one’s dignity when their decision-making diminishes and behaviors are challenging, check out our FREE Virtual Book Club for Dementia Caregiver’s 3rd session below. It’s based on Chapter 3 of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One and co-sponsored by Hilarity For Charity and Oasis Senior Advisors.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP12ZiS4AQw&list=PLg3pcgWyEPY9VdBxI16KjcfRw32F0ZfTx&index=4&t=2519s

To sign up for future sessions and to have these recordings automatically delivered to you via e-mail, click here: www.cruisingthroughcaregiving.com.

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Promises Made, Promises Broken – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP

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Last week during our Virtual Book Club for dementia caregivers, we discussed why promises in caregiving are made and if they are ever a good idea.  Often, particularly in dementia caregiving, promises have been made that feel impossible to keep.  What should you do when you find yourself in that situation?  Check out Week #2 of the Hilarity For Charity/Oasis Senior Advisors Virtual Book Club for dementia caregivers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMSjtxK8JDs&list=PLg3pcgWyEPY9VdBxI16KjcfRw32F0ZfTx&index=3&t=14s

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

The Guilty Female Caregiver – by Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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Historically women are the ones who have taken care of the kids as well as aging parents and loved ones who are ill.  Many women are very uncomfortable with the assumption that they will be the automatic caregiver.  Not every woman has a natural caregiving instinct and that’s ok.

That said, women who are caregiving for their older loved ones constantly beat themselves up and feel guilty frequently when they have done nothing wrong because they feel like they’ve not “done enough.”  If you are caring for an older loved one and you aren’t feeding him, that’s something to feel guilty about.  If you are taking a half hour to exercise, that is not something you should feel guilty about.  Self-care is absolutely essential to providing good care to an older or sick loved one in the family.

Caregiving impacts women more than ever. If you are a female caregiver struggling with guilt, take steps to extricate yourself from those damaging thoughts and feelings.  Join a support group, consider seeing a psychotherapist or simply embrace the fact that caregivers, including you, are imperfect.

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.