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Tips, Sips and Trips

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Now that the summer is just around the corner, we are proud to announce the launch of the 10th annual Today’s Caregiver magazine and Summer of Respite Campaign. It's time to consider how to give a break to the most important person in your loved one's life — you.

The way the Summer of Respite Campaign works is that we find the best (and most possible) opportunities to get some respite as you care for your loved one.

So, to start, the next time you are among your fellow family caregivers (support group, doctor’s waiting room, hair salon), turn to the caregiver next to you and ask what things they do to in order to take some time for themselves. It could be as simple as a pint of ice cream on the back porch. As well as their comments, email me your own respite tips to share within this column.

If everyone sends their favorite tips, I'm sure there will be plenty of interesting ideas for all of us to add to our own lists. For those who think that respite is an impossible dream, I'm going to jumpstart this list with great ideas I've already received from family caregivers.


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