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Crafting a Light Box

Posted on: January 28 2013

While doing my Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) research for this month’s blog entries, it has become clear that one of the most effective ways to treat this is with light therapy.  There are many products available out there for you to simply purchase but if you are feeling more adventurous and want to try your hand and building a light box here are some instructions I found on the website Livstrong.com:   Step 1 Paint or spray the inside of your plywood box with flat, white house paint (low VOC). Allow to dry thoroughly before proceeding....

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SAD around the world

Posted on: January 21 2013

Are people around the world affected by Season Affective Disorder (SAD)? Yes! You can expect to find SAD in countries that are further away from the equator and who experience a decrease in hours of sunlight available when the season changes over to winter. It’s estimated that over 12 million people suffer from SAD in Northern Europe, about 2 million of those in England and Ireland alone.   One reason people in northern parts of the world suffer from SAD is because we are working inside.  200 or so years ago, most of us had jobs that kept us...

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Bad Year for the Flu…..

Posted on: January 14 2013

I wanted to address the Flu season in a blog this month.  As you might already know, the flu season is hitting the country early and hard.  Seniors, babies, pregnant women and people with a chronic condition are especially susceptible.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting that most of the country is experiencing high levels of influenza and influenza like illness.  Symptoms of the flu include:  

Fever or feeling feverish/chills Cough Sore throat Runny or stuffy nose Muscle or body aches Headaches Fatigue Vomiting and diarrhea (his is not...

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted on: January 07 2013

Happy New Year everyone.  The holidays in Vermont have been snowy, cold and kind of dark.  The sun rises late and sets early.  Although the winter solstice has passed, we still have a ways to go before our days start getting longer.  I’m enjoying the snow and make an effort to go outside with my kids everyday but I am already looking forward to warm, sunny spring days where we are surrounded by lush greenery.   Winter can be especially hard if you live in much of the country where winter means shorter...

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Strategies for Surviving the Holidays.

Posted on: December 17 2012

  So how are the holidays going? Are you taking the time to care for yourself? Here are some great articles I’ve found that discuss different strategies on surviving the holidays.   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cat-del-valle-castellanos/surviving-the-holidays-as_b_2271217.html http://www.strengthforcaring.com/manual/christmas-and-hanukkah/avoiding-family-caregiver-holiday-traps/ http://www.sideroad.com/Stress/stress-free-holiday-tips.html http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CEIQFjAC&url=http{12470e0fe01d1e6fcc7df4df95300bd13a27d9338be1c3cc41e39732a8d70917}3A{1247...

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Resources, Resources, Resources

Posted on: November 26 2012

      I’m proud to have co-founded two support groups, which I feel are a tremendous resource for caregivers in the community.  The first is a support group for family caregivers called Caring and Sharing.  Kathi Monteith and I founded this group over six years ago and it meets at The Arbors the third Wednesday of every month from 9:30-11am.  We designed the group to provide two things:  an educational component where caregivers could walk away with concrete useful information and a “sharing” component, providing a safe place to...

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To Take Care of Others We Must First Take Care Of Ourselves

Posted on: November 19 2012

Caregivers are to be celebrated and honored for the commitments they make to their loved ones. I encourage caregivers to also remember that not only is it okay and unselfish to take time to care for yourself, it is essential for your health and wellbeing, as well as for the health and wellbeing of the persons for whom you care. Here is my list of tips to help caregivers through an often-challenging journey.  

Sleep. It is recommended that we all get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. This can be so difficult to do, but it...

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