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How To Bring All Your Caregiver Rituals Together

Jun 30, 2021

Originally, this was going to be a three-part series about how rituals can help caregivers keep their sanity and achieve balanced success. But I thought I’d tie it all together in this fourth bonus post. (If you haven’t read any of the series, you can start with Part 1 here.)

And I do mean bonus. Keep reading – I have a couple of little bonuses for you below!

Have You Chosen Your Caregiver Rituals?

But first – how have your rituals been going so far? Are you finding them helpful? Or are you having some trouble getting into the swing of them?

If you’ve hit some speed bumps, you’re not alone! Rituals can be extremely helpful, but they can take a lot of energy in the beginning – energy we may not always feel we have. That’s part of the reason I wanted to add this fourth post in the series, because I have a way for you to overcome that...

In Part 1, we talked about how rituals are different than habits. However, there is some overlap....

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6 Evening Rituals to Help Caregivers Wind Down from Their Day

Jun 21, 2021

Part 3 of 3: How Rituals Can Save Your Sanity and Make You a Better Caregiver

In Part 1 of this series, we reviewed the difference between rituals, routines, and habits. (If you haven’t read Part 1 – “What is a Ritual – and How Can It Help Caregivers?”, start there!) Then, in Part 2 of this series, we talked about the 5 Morning Rituals that Can Help Caregivers Face the Day.

Mindfulness can help caregivers clear their mind as part of their evening ritual to wind down.Daily rituals involve mindfulness, which can help us “get in the zone” as caregivers. Being a caregiver is difficult and stressful. Rituals help us process that stress and the emotions behind it, and allow us to compartmentalize our lives to a certain extent. Mindfulness in particular is also one of the five steps in the MOVE Method, an approach I developed to help reduce caregiver compassion fatigue. The goal of all these techniques is to help you thrive, not just survive, so you can achieve Balanced Success!

I fully believe that how you end your day is just as important...

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5 Morning Rituals That Can Help Caregivers Face the Day

Jun 02, 2021

Part 2 of 3: How Rituals Can Save Your Sanity and Make You a Better Caregiver

In Part 1 of this series, we reviewed the difference between rituals, routines, and habits. (If you haven’t read Part 1 – “What is a Ritual – and How Can It Help Caregivers?”, you should read it first!) The main difference is that rituals involve mindfulness, allowing us to be in the moment and reflect on where we are, mind, body, and soul. This is also one of the five steps in the MOVE Method, an approach I developed to help reduce caregiver compassion fatigue.

In this post, we’ll explore how morning rituals can help you centre yourself so you can face the day and reach Balanced Success.

Attitude is everything, as they say. Although that’s too simplistic to be entirely true, getting yourself into the right mindset is important. Not only will it make you a better caregiver, it will help you be a calmer person – you don’t want to be so on edge that you...

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What’s Behind My Parent’s Behavioural Changes?

Mar 24, 2021

Why Our Loved Ones Are Changing and How We Can Help Them

Previously we talked about the Top Five Signs It’s Time to Think about In-Home Care for Your Aging Parent. But one of the things people keep asking us is, why do these changes in behaviour happen in the first place?

Of course the easy answer is that they’re getting older. But there are actually several possible explanations, either working together or separately. If we can determine what’s behind your parent’s behavioural changes, you’ll be in a better position to help them.

Three Common Reasons Behind Behavioural Changes

Here are three common reasons why your parent’s behaviour may change to the point where they need in-home care:

  • Cognitive changes
  • Physical changes
  • “Too much on their plates”

This is not an exclusive list. There are other factors including depression and disease. Which brings up an important point – always involve your parent’s primary care provider...

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Top Five Signs It’s Time to Think About In-Home Care for Your Aging Parent

Mar 10, 2021

A friend of mine told me that the moment she realized her father needed in-home care was the moment he set his housecoat on fire.

She laughed as she described it – the whole thing sounds like a sitcom episode with Fred Willard hilariously flaying about trying to douse the flames. Nobody was laughing at the time though – it was a big wake-up call for everyone.

The thing is, her father wasn’t doing anything unusual. He was cooking his breakfast as he did every morning. Somehow, part of the terrycloth touched the burner and the cotton just flared up.

Luckily, he put the flames out quickly and was okay. But I still wince to think how much worse it could have been. It left my friend a bit scared and confused as well. Suddenly she was faced with something we all dread: that moment when you realize the roles have reversed, and you are the one looking after your parents.

Reaching this level of understanding is difficult and often heart-wrenching. Too often, it takes a...

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A neuroscientist's tips for helping the brain age well

Jan 15, 2020

A really great article on CBC's The Radio.
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-jan-13-2020-1.5424683/a-neuroscientist-s-tips-for-helping-the-brain-age-well-1.5425549
Photo: (Nerthuz/Shutterstock)

Daniel Levitin's new book exmaines how to maintain your cognitive health at age 20 or 80

Levitin says it's more important to think about 'health span — the length of time a person is healthy for — than lifespan.

As a neuroscientist, Daniel Levitin found himself stumped by something: why is it that some people in their 90s maintain all their mental sharpness, while others find their cognitive abilities start to dull in their 50s and 60s?

"That's a puzzle — you know, why are some people doing better than others?" Levitin, author of This Is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind, told The Current's host Matt Galloway.

His own parents, still working and thriving in their late 80s, also wanted to know what they could do to keep their mental capacities strong....

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