Incomplete January Newsletter Released

Hi All,

My apologies, an incomplete version of the Top Tips newsletter was released this weekend. Please disregard it and read this version.

Janice

Pace Yourself!

Nothing like the flu to make me consider our common humanity. As I stretched like a wet noodle the length of my couch, I thought about my plans for the week and knew I had to let go. What was right in that moment and for the next few days was to rest, get better and not spread my germs to others.

I'm a great one for imagining that I'm the boss of everything. The great lesson of an illness whether it's your own or that of a family member is the reminder of what exactly you are and are not the boss of.

You are not the boss of the person you are caring for. I know considering that you may be making all sorts of decisions and taking care of all sorts of tasks that you may seem like the boss of the person you are taking care of. There may be times when you have to override the wishes of your family member to make sure that he is safe. Even with all that said, your family member, at the heart of things, drives your decision making. In your busyness remember that the essence of your family member's values and beliefs should govern the decisions you make and the actions you take on her behalf.

You are not the boss of your caregiving situation. Now I'm not saying this to take away your power. There is a lot that you are the boss of that I will get to in the next paragraph and there is a lot about your situation that you cannot control. Illness or aging has taken


Exciting Changes to Eldercare Coaching in 2010

Just a quick note about upcoming changes to Eldercare Coaching for 2010.

New Program

Eldercare Answers
Email coaching; Idea filled workbooks; Audio eldercare lessons for one low monthly price.

Change to "It Takes a Village Support Calls"
Starting in January, the calls will have a theme and education presentation for about 1/2 hour at the beginning of the call followed by open discussion.


Is it Time to Discuss Your Eldercare Challenges with an Expert?

Have your caregiving responsibilities left you stressed, angry or feeling guilty?

Do you suspect that your family member needs help and don't know where to start?

Whether you are an experienced caregiver verging on burnout or a new caregiver who is not sure how to help a family member, you can benefit from Eldercare Coaching.

To experience what's it's like to have an expert in your corner providing advice and resources tailored to your unique situation, click here to schedule a no cost 30 minute consultation.



Won't You Join Us At Our January Events?


Wednesday, January 13, 7pm PST
Our first free teleclass/group discussion of 2010

Our topic will be "Building your Care Team" Long term caregiving requires a care team. Who should be part of your team. How to keep team members engaged and active.

We will have a 20 minute presentation followed by discussion, questions and support.

Call in number: (712) 432-0175
Pin number: 196932#

To register for this event, please reply to this email.