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RX For The Caregiver

By Janet Listokin, M.A., C.T.R.S.

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  • Register for the activity/class/program and STICK WITH IT!! When initially registering, sign up for the least amount of allowable time.

  • 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 different.

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.


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