ARTICLES / Caregiver / RX For
The Caregiver /
By Janet Listokin, M.A., C.T.R.S.
Register for the activity/class/program and
STICK WITH IT!! When initially
registering, sign up for the least amount of
Periodically, consciously evaluate the
activity and determine whether it is providing
you with what you were seeking. If you
feel no intrinsic or extrinsic benefit or
enjoyment, it is time to try something
Needless to say, a caregiverís life is stressful.
Since recreation and leisure are vital components
for a healthy lifestyle, it is essential they be
incorporated into the caregiverís natural rhythm of
life. Through leisure and recreation, the
caregiver can improve physical and emotional health,
grow spiritually, and experience creative
opportunities. Quality of life will be enhanced and,
in turn, the caregiver will contribute to the
quality of life of those they care for.
Janet Listokin, M.A., Certified Therapeutic
Recreation Specialist, is the Assistant Director of
Recreation at the Isabella Geriatric Center, New
York, New York, supervises therapeutic recreation
student interns, and teaches at City University of
New York/Lehman College. Ms. Listokin provides
consultative services and workshops/in-services
through her firm Reach For the Stars.