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The Caregiver’s Balancing Act
By: Kristine Dwyer, LSW
In the 1960s, TV celebrity Ed
Sullivan featured a Chinese talent
artist who demonstrated the careful
balance and timing of spinning
porcelain plates atop thin, wooden
sticks. The key was to start
spinning a stack of plates one at a
time and then dash from plate to
plate keeping each one in motion to
prevent them from crashing to the
floor. Viewers watched in amazement
as plates slowed their pace and
began to wobble precariously, yet
miraculously the man was able to
reach each plate at the last second
just before it tipped. The artist
then ended the performance by...
quickly gathering up each teetering
plate into a neat pile without a
The Roller Coaster of Caregiving
By Jane Cassily Knapp, RN, LCSWC
The decisions to become a caregiver are usually made in crisis situations. We rarely have time to consider the ramifications of these decisions nor do we really fully understand that there are any ramifications. What could be so difficult about caring for someone we love?
In the ideal situation a family meeting should be called to get an understanding from all involved as to what the primary caregiver’s role will be. What are each family member’s expectations and understanding of caregiving? What is the family’s plan for support to the caregiver? Scheduled assistance and relief to the caregiver should be routinely incorporated into the weekly schedule from the onset...
Fitness at 50+: Five Barriers You
While exercise is often touted as a fountain of youth, it often gets harder to do as you get older.
Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians, also called physiatrists, are doctors who restore and maintain function lost due to injury, illness and age-related conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, joint replacements or stroke. They often prescribe exercise to prevent and treat many of these conditions, working with their older patients to help them get the right kind of exercise so that they can remain active and independent. PM&R physicians offer these tips to help seniors overcome five common fitness obstacles...
Is there a support group in the Lewiston/Auburn Maine area yet? How would I meet other parents who have children with Schizophrenia? Also, is there any groups where the person with this terrible mental illness can meet others with the same mental illness and maybe have friends? They are so alone and isolate. My son is so sad. Any answers for me? I live in Lewiston, Maine, and my son has an apartment in Auburn, Maine. He is 27 and lives alone. It's just terrible and there is no help for us here.
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