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Caring for the Caregiver

Yesterday, Susan Levin of 50somethinginfo.com talked about caring for loved ones as they approach death. Here are some of her tips about how to take care of yourself as well: • Be conscious of caregiver burnout– Get help from family members (even older children and siblings) and hired caregivers. Oftentimes, it takes more than one person to maneuver another person. • Keep a visitor on the premises for no longer than 10 minutes (it’s easier on both the patient and the caregiver). • Consider the dying process a family affair, … Continue reading

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The Process of Living and Dying

Yesterday Susan Levin talked learning from her hairstylist. Today she gives some tips about how to help an ill parent through the process of dying: • Be clear about your parent’s death wishes. • Give them information (enter key words and learn that the web, in general, and the Hospice of Santa Barbara (http://www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org/) and Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care (http://www.vnhcsb.org/) sites, in particular, are packed with useful information). • Let them make their own life decisions provided they have the mental faculties to do so. • Get all affairs … Continue reading

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Learning from Friends

We are happy to publish some thoughts from Susan Levin this week. Her website, www.50somethinginfo.com is full of information for our 50-something cohort. Many of us are Sandwiched Boomers, caring for our aging parents as well as our children. Here’s how Susan begins her story: “Some people go to their hair stylist to get their hair cut. I go for two reasons: one the obvious, to let Lynn Hudson work her magic on my unruly locks; and, two, to get a hearty dose of her common sense and compassion. About … Continue reading

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