Caregiving

Barbara Baroff Kavanagh, MSW, LCSW
For many families, the end of August signals the end of summer vacations, back to school and back to ‘work’until the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.
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This past weekend proved to be frightening for the furry members of our family.
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Look around. Are you so surrounded by the stuff in your house you don’t know what to do with it—or how to find it when you need it? Maybe it’s time to downsize and declutter. But where should you start?
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Unplug from much of the recent noise of Life and instead to reconnect with the meaningful moments too often missed when pedaling fast.
Barbara Baroff Kavanagh, MSW, LCSW
It has been a busy few weeks for me as I ‘embark’ on another Journey- writing my book:’ Living with Myeloma, a Caregivers Journey®.
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Over the course of my 60+ years on this earth, I have been blessed to know and to love some amazing elders—individuals who are a bit older and certainly much wiser than I. Today, let’s discuss how our lives can be enriched if we choose to listen and learn from the elders in our world.
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Thank you for attending the AARP CARE Conference, feel free to Speakers PPTs Compressed the slides.  Thanks to all the community partners and speakers for making it a success!
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After the initial cancer diagnosis, most patients have a structured treatment plan with appointments, and a time structure. As the caregiver, you are adjusting your life to help the patient with medications, getting to the doctor visits, and handling the everyday responsibilities of running the household, and trying to continue a job, business, or career of your own. You will try to balance ‘his/her needs and your own. If you have children, you are also trying to maintain a ‘normal’ family life and keep your own fears and concerns to yourself and not burden them.
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I hope you are doing well and loving life. If you are like me, you are savoring the first few days of the Spring season. What an amazing time of year! As is usually the case, the arrival of Spring is not a smooth process along the Front Range. We were teased this week with temps in the 70’s. However, this evening, snow is back in the forecast. Such is the nature of seasonal changes. Two steps forward and one step back. This stutter-step unfolding merely serves to intensive my itch for warmer temps, blue skies, green grass, and sunshine. All in due time, right?
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