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Daring Greatly As You Age

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When you look around, each one of us can probably see someone we care about facing a difficult obstacle.  It may take the form of a challenging illness, a marriage that is breaking apart, the death of a loved one or close friend, a financial hardship or perhaps simply the sadness of an empty nest.  We also see and feel …

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When It Comes To Caregiving, Do Your Best One Step At A Time

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The phrase I probably say the most to my clients and their family members is, “Let’s just take one step at a time.”  It can be overwhelming to deal with making too many decisions all at once, especially as a caregiver of an aging loved one.  I know sometimes it seems like you have to, that it is demanded of …

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Aging creatively keeps the passion alive

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A wonderful movement is afoot in our community to bring a new vision to aging called conscious eldering or sage-ing. There are a growing number of people here in Kelowna who are aspiring to share the hope and encouragement that comes with seeking new ways to grow in consciousness as we age, to feel greater self appreciation, and to be …

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LISTENING MORE THAN JUST HEARING WORDS

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A wise old owl lived in an oak, The more he saw the less he spoke, The less he spoke the more he heard. Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?  Unknown author As I wind my way through life I am beginning to understand more and more why we are given two ears and one mouth.  …

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THE IMPORTANCE OF POSITIVE THINKING WHEN CAREGIVING

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Well, as you all know by now, my life is somewhat stressful these days as I care for my aging Mom. Each day brings a change in her condition and with it a new challenge.   As I passed through many daily changes this past week, I began to feel that stress was taking over my life.  It is like the …

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THE FOUR STEPS OF CONSCIOUS ELDERING

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Growing older is contemplative and opens a door to a lot of discovery if we let it.  It is a vulnerable process and takes courage to face the fact that everything changes, everything ages.  There are many external adjustments that are often happening, but it the internal journey that holds great promise for discovery. Aging is beyond our control, but …

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A PATH TO ELDERHOOD

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Exploring the journey of aging and taking a good hard look at my own somewhat driven boomer mentality seems to be my favorite past-time these days. A good friend just had her 50th birthday last week and as I gleefully sent her well wishes on her celebration down in Costa Rica, I pondered the fact that 12 years have passed …

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Caregiving Transitions and Life Completion

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They say it takes a village to raise a child. I believe the same holds true when supporting an elder as independence is redefined in a way that is empowering and maintains a sense of freedom, choice, belonging and validation in their lives.  A team of supporters is necessary to form a circle of loving care around the elder as …

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WHAT CARING FOR AN AGING PARENT CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT YOURSELF

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Changing roles, health issues, family dynamics, financial pressures and housing transitions can challenge the ability for caregivers to stay balanced and connected with the seniors they feel responsible to.  We all have our own work and family responsibilities, so how do we stay focused on meeting the needs of our aging parents through what can often be a difficult time …

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THE STRENGTH OF HOPE

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I received an email last week from a loving husband by the name of Cameron, who has gone through a long caregiving journey with his beautiful wife, Heather.  Heather was diagnosed with a very rare and deadly cancer called mesothelioma after the birth of their first and only child.  They recently participated in a short video about her cancer experience …

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