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By Dr. Mary Ann Massey

Caring for the sick or elderly takes its toll on the caregiver. Who tends to you? The question has been asked thousands of times in recent years. Here, we ask it of you, our audience. As you respond, we will share your comments with others. We want you to tell us how you take breaks,find time for yourself, and regroup. We also know that finding time for yourself when a loved one is ill or incapacitated, is challenging. So, share your frustrations, too! We will share your stories, your successes and casino online your regrets through our polling system. Please take a minute to share. Our goal is to highlight the power of communication, the effectiveness of speaking truth, and the fruitfulness of sharing the journey with others who understand – or need to understand.

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Introduction

By Dr. Mary Ann Massey

Welcome, healthcare professionals. Here, we are devoted to you and your needs for respite, self-care, and renewal when the work you do takes its toll. We realize that you get paid for what you do, that this is your job or profession, and that you go home at night, leaving your patients to the care of others. Still, the amount of love that you give out during the day can take its toll. The loss of life that you experience regularly after tending to good people who are now in the presence of God, needs an outlet. Many of you put your hearts and souls into your work and are weary. Come, let”s share the journey, focus on you for a while, and help you shed some weariness.

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By Dr. Mary Ann MasseyAre you an adult child with an aging loved one? Do you need some support for the journey of decision making and caregiving that may lie ahead? Many sources are confirming that 8,000 people are turning 65 daily and will continue to do so for two more decades. That means, that every day for almost twenty years, their children will become adult children of seniors. Then, as these children age into their own 50s and 60s and their parents age into their 70s, 80s, and 90s, many families may well have two generations of seniors in their midst. This section of the website is designed for you to tell your stories, help you with family communications if you need it, and let you experience the common ground you share with so many others.

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By Dr. Mary Ann MasseyWelcome. This section of Aging Is a Family Affair is for all of us who want to age well in our senior years. We want to live healthily enough for the extended times that science is promising us. The thinking for this section emerged from a personal experience. Recently, I endured a six-month allergic reaction to unknown factors. It was weighing me down emotionally, I felt old before my time, and helpless in my many efforts to overcome the problem. Toward the end of the six months, I made an internal turnaround. I took charge of my own destiny and, with doctors’ approval, tried on options that I thought my body could handle. Within a month I was back to normal.

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For Healthcare Professionals: Optimizing Your Role in Someone Else’s Family…

For Adults with Aging Family: Finding Your Place on the Family’s Aging Journey…

For Caregivers: Living Well with Your Own and Others’ Limitations…

Upcoming Events

  • October 18, 2012: Luncheon Workshop, Roma”s Restaurant, Louisa, VA: Thursday, October 18, 2012, 11:30 – 1 pm. NARFE – Re-Thinking the Aging of America: What it can mean for each one of us! Contact: Kate Killum, champaign_kate@yahoo.com  
  • November 16, 2012: Luncheon Workshop, Chicken Soup for the Caregivers of Seniors Luncheon, Lake Anna Winery, Spotsylvania, VA: Friday, November 16, 2012, 11:30 – 2 pm. Fee: $15 per person; reservations required by November 13th. The program was designed to give honor to National Family Caregivers Month. Dr. Mary Ann Massey is the keynote speaker at online pokies this event. Call: 757-503-4440 to make your reservation or for more information.
  • January 5, 2013: How to be Happy TODAY on the Way to Where You are Going, a workshop for spiritual and personal growth, St. Mary”s Catholic Church, Saturday, January 5, 2013, 9 a.m. – 12 noon. Contact: Sharon Mugford smugford@stmarysrichmond.org
  • February 9, 2013: Women”s Annual Day of Reflection, St. Bede Catholic Church, Williamsburg, VA, Saturday, February 9, 2013. Contact: Pamela Rudder – pamelarudder@mac.com;  Topic to be determined by December 2012.

November, 2011 – Webinar – Details to Come


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