Do I still need to wear a mask?

  I wrote a previous post about masks. This post is Part 2: Do I still need to wear a mask?  The use of a face mask has been a source of controversy. In February, few people were wearing masks, in March people were scrambling for masks. Now, some areas are still mandating masks but in other areas masks are not being widely used. […]

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Do we still have to stay cooped up?

Across the country, businesses and public spaces are opening back up. What does this mean for a caregiver since the caregiver must be especially careful to avoid transmitting the virus. And how does this affect the decision to have an older, frail and/or disabled person go outside? How do you balance the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 with the benefit of getting out […]

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Step 2. 10 minutes a day to take care of yourself

  You are at your best as a caregiver when you are in great shape mentally and emotionally. This starts with taking care of yourself. My last post Step 1: How SAAD* are you? was a request to start by “checking in” on your emotional health. Physical problems such as headache, upset stomach and fatigue are sometimes the body’s way of expressing stress. Confusion […]

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Step 1. How SAAD* are you?

  Step 1 is finding out what causes stress and recognizing how that stressor affects you emotionally. Has stress increased for you during the COVID-19 Pandemic?  What is worse? Share your thoughts and I may be able to make some suggestions, that’s what I’m here for.  Please give me a specific example, for instance “As a caregiver, it is very stressful when…” Some people […]

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Don’t touch that!

  In one month, COVID-19 has changed our lives and normal behavior isn’t normal anymore. Please be extra careful. I recently noticed a woman at the grocery store who was practicing safe distancing and wearing a mask. She went up the escalator and used the escalator handrail as she went up. The handrail was wiped down frequently. But imagine if coronavirus had landed on […]

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