I’d Go to the Wall for You

Competitive athletes – at least back when I was competing – talk about hitting the wall. ‘Hitting the wall’ means you just give everything you’ve got to cross the line – to complete the race. I had that experience once in my life...

The Balance of Self-Giving

We’ve all heard the saying: “it’s better to give than to receive.” However, generous self-giving is not always so simple in practice. We’ve all seen situations were individuals encounter more fatigue and sorrow in their self-giving than...

Avoiding Caregiver Burnout

Caregiver burnout is a serious problem. Individuals usually are thrown into the caregiving scenario with not a lot of warning. It’s not like when you are going to have a baby – you have nine months to wrap your head around that fact – make your plans – and prepare...

Alzheimer’s – the Caregiving Crucible

I was spending some quiet time thinking about a recent talk I have to give at a conference in March. I was mulling over different ways to approach the topic on maintaining connections in relationships where Alzheimer’s is part of the equation. As I was thinking...

Walking the Fine Line

I recently read an advertorial aimed at the ‘dutiful daughter’. The writer asked two questions: Do your parents and siblings rely on you whenever problems arise? Are you currently caring for your elderly parents as their health declines? If so, you may be...

Are You Socially Well?

Determining your level of social wellness is a good indicator of whether or not you are burning out as a caregiver. Social wellness is supported by healthy interpersonal relationships and access to support from family, friends, church and community while caregiving. I...