17 comments on “Join the Caregiving Holidays Blogging Party and How Can You Reduce Holiday Caregiver Stress?

  1. Hi Ina!

    You’re my first stop on the caregiving.com Holiday Progressive Blog Party.
    Thank you for opening up your site and heart.
    Lots of goodies here to help make caregiving easier all year round 🙂

    Kathy

  2. Ina Gilmore on Dec 9, 2012 9:00 pm |

    Hi Kathy! Welcome. Glad you came to the party! I’m looking forward to reading your blog.

  3. Hi Ina!! I’m so glad you’re part of our blog party! I love your stress-reduction trips.

    Do you have a favorite holiday movie you watch?

  4. Ina Gilmore on Dec 10, 2012 5:09 pm |

    Hi Denise and welcome! Thanks for your comment. Great question! My favorite holiday movie is “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. How about you?

  5. I was just thinking about the elderly in care facilities today, Ina. Not the caregivers but rather their charges. We worry about children getting a gift – as we should. But it seemed to me that at this season the elderly need to know that somebody remembered them, even with something small. I will say despite my feeling on this, my mother-in-law’s Alzheimer’s seemed to reach a point where she wasn’t aware of any of us so maybe it doesn’t matter to them. But the rest need to be remembered. Keep up the great work you’re doing!

  6. Ina Gilmore on Dec 12, 2012 6:55 am |

    Hi John. Thanks for your comment.
    Giving a gift whether small or a gift of time to someone with dementia may not be remembered by them. They may not even acknowledge your presence or gift. The important thing is you will know. And it can help heal your heartache.

  7. Hi! I’m visiting from the caregiving.com blog party. What I like about this party is the same thing that happens at any party, I get to meet new people. I am 52 years old and am both mom to our teenaged son and caregiver for my 58 year old husband with Mild Cognitive Impairment.

    I will be visiting here again.

  8. Tracy Rose on Dec 24, 2012 7:35 am |

    Hi Ina,

    Healthline recently kicked off its second annual “Best Health Blog of 2012” contest & our editors have nominated Caregiving With Purpose. You can find your blog at http://www.healthline.com/health/best-health-blogs-contest by searching or sorting.

    We encourage you to promote the contest amongst your readers & friends. The blog with the most votes on February 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm will win $1000, 2nd place wins $100 and 3rd place nabs $50.

    You can also add a ‘vote for me’ badge to your site by going to: http://www.healthline.com/health/contest-badges, and clicking ’embed.’

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Warm Regards,

    Tracy

  9. Ina Gilmore on Dec 25, 2012 3:51 pm |

    Thanks Tracy! How exciting! 🙂
    Please vote for Caregiving With Purpose. As of December 25, 2012, it is blog #50 in the alphabetical list. Click here now to vote (the alphabetical listing has it on page 5).
    Ina

  10. Ina Gilmore on Dec 25, 2012 3:56 pm |

    Welcome G-J! Glad to have you and looking forward to your next visit!

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  12. What a great idea, care givers take on such a personal load and for them to have place to unload that stress and just relax is something special. Great blog, the stress of holidays can take its toll on people so easily.

  13. Ina Gilmore on Jun 3, 2013 1:38 pm |

    Thanks Cindy Marie for your comment! Yes, holiday stress is one more stress for caregivers.

  14. I am a caregiver for my mother in law with moderate dementia. I work full time in health care,have 2 adult children and my husband is in health care also.She lives in an apartment in a senior facility. I have 2 issues that I don’t know how to deal with,especially over the holidays.
    1- My MIL feels comfortable and safe with me. (ex:she brought a suitcase to stay overnight when invited for a few hours of decorating, she smothers me in any social situation.)
    2- She has always favored my son over my daughter but now she is outright mean to my daughter.
    This may seem like little issues for those of you dealing with more advanced Alzheimer’s and dementia but it is overwhelming to me right now.
    Thanks for any comments
    Beth

  15. Ina Gilmore on Nov 27, 2013 2:20 pm |

    Hi Beth,
    Thanks for your comment. Each situation is unique, and I certainly can see how your situation would be stressful. And any one solution will not work in all situations.

    Have you discussed the stress with your husband? Perhaps he’s not aware of the situation but may have ideas how to reduce your stress. Since you are both in health care, perhaps you can also get solutions from your job or professionals you know.

    Discussing the situation as a family and making decisions together about how much time your mother-in-law will spend with you is an option. Also finding activities she enjoys with someone she enjoys may also help.

    Assigning a family member or several to be with Grandma and entertain her may reduce stress.

    Whether your mother-in-law can understand she’s being mean to your daughter is another issue. You may need to get professional help from her doctor or nurse who know her and her current situation.

    Above all you want everyone to have a safe holiday.

  16. Thanks. I have enlisted my family’s help. She is on antideppressants and sees a dr. It’s not a perfect life but can be managed better.