Thursday, June 10, 2010

Helping Elderly Loved Ones Find Value and Meaning--Part Two

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.
Then your tine on earth will be filled with glory.
(Betty Smith, A Tree Grown in Brooklyn)
Thinking about, as well as creating a written list, of the things and people we are thankful for and the blessings and positive events in our lives releases neuro-chemicals, which help fight depression, boost the immune system, and enable us to feel nbetter in general.
It may be helpful, for you as well as your elderly loved ones, to write down something you and they are thankful for that begins with each letter of the alphabet every day and try not to use the same words two days in a row.
Reframing one's situation often enables individuals to cope by finding meaning and value in their present situation.
This time in life might provide a good opportunity to tell their life's story. They might want to write their memoirs or record their story on DVD so their heirs might have the opportunity to enjoy it.
Sandra -- Caregiver Guru for the Caregiver Generation

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