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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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Welcome

Posted on: September 18 2012

Hi and welcome to the Armistead blog.  I’m pleased to be writing for the company I founded and hope you enjoy the many great topics you’ll see highlighted in this blog.  I love feedback and suggestions so please send your insights my way. Each month the Armistead blog will focus on a particular topic.  September is Alzheimer’s Awareness month and so you’ll find information, thoughts and commentary about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, how to care for the caregiver and much more. Enjoy.

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