'A day late and a dollar short' - I have heard it before. Today is Veterans Day and I have been meaning to write earlier. Then I started thinking - why should we only make it a point to thank our veterans one day a year?? These men and women put themselves on the line everyday not just occasionally.Veterans Administration has a variety of sources to help vets find jobs or start a business.(picture from the VA site)
Today Show there was a great story about Aaron Mankin, a US Marine, who was badly injured in Iraq. Over time he found himself at the UCLA Medical Center with Operation Mend, Healing the Wounds of War. This program, free of charge to the veteran, does all sorts of surgical procedures to help get military personnel back to their lives, as well as lending support to their families and caregivers. Right now, Aaron is spending time with his family and becoming a public speaker for Operation Mend. As the story goes, not only does it sound like he is on the mend with his injuries but also with his spirit; as he says "beauty is who you are" and “Life happens to you. But your power resides in the fact that you can choose how you respond to that.”
Any military personnel, active or retired, who fought in Iraq or Afganistan is eligible. If you know a veteran who may be interested in seeing if Operation Mend can help him or her, please click here. If you live in the area of the hospital, consider being a buddy family, helping with extra comfort support, dinners, just getting them out in the community for a change of pace.
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4 Signs of Caregiving Stress Overload
ElderCarelink email posts 4 signs that should not be overlooked by you, the caregiver, or a close family member or friend. They report that even though the immediate caregiver may not be helping in direct care, the mind is never far from the needs of the older person, thinking about meals, falling, medications. Take the opinion of a family member or friend if they are telling you that you are stressed. Four signs: you skip your own physicals; you isolate yourself from others; you eat and/or drink too much for good health; you are short tempered with the elder, your spouse or your children. If any or all of these sound familiar, take a break no matter how short in order to recharge. For more information on caregiver stress see ElderCarelink
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A Caregiver's Poem
I was looking through a 'Caregiver's Blog: Senior Care Support' and came across a poem that was shared by a writer, Dana, from the blog. The poem was written by Becky Netherland and Dana's grandmother shared it with her. I thought it was great and there is not much to say about it - just read!!! Enjoy!!
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I’ve traveled paths you’ve yet to walk
Learned lessons old and new
And now this wisdom of my life
I’m blessed to share with you
Let kindness spread like sunshine
Embrace those who are sad
Respect their dignity, give them joy
And leave them feeling glad
Forgive those who might hurt you
And though you have your pride
Listen closely to their viewpoint
Try to see the other side
Walk softly when you’re angry
Try not to take offense
Invoke your sense of humor
Laughter’s power is immense!
Express what you are feeling
Your beliefs you should uphold
Don’t shy away from what is right
Be courageous and be bold
Keep hope right in your pocket
It will guide you day by day
Take it out when it is needed
When it’s near, you’ll find a way
Remember friends and family
Of which you are a precious part
Love deeply and love truly
Give freely from your heart
The world is far from perfect
There’s conflict and there’s strife
But you still can make a difference
By how you live your life
And so I’m very blessed to know
The wonders you will do
Because you are my granddaughter
And I believe in you.
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