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Are you caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease?

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Is your family able to cooperate and help each other? Is there tolerance and mutual support? Or, do competition, criticism and blame dominate your family’s internal relationships?

When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, your family’s ability to adapt and support each other is challenged. This is a time for personal growth and family transformation.

If you are part of a family who is caring for a member with Alzheimer’s and you are taking the time to read this blog, I know you are focussed on the following steps:

  1. You want your loved one to be safe.
  2. You
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Mental health challenges: red flags to look for

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Mental health challenges: red flags to look forEveryone has bad days and life can feel painful sometimes. We can have stressful weeks, months, or even years. Too many demands, financial problems, family or work conflict, loss or injury are some of the issues that can cause imbalance in life. During these times we are challenged to stay healthy, to manage our negative feelings and to “cope.”

When faced with all of these challenges, it can sometimes be difficult to be objective. The actual state of our mental health is not easy to assess and is not always directly related to the amount of stress in our …

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Pressure and perfectionism

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Pressure and perfectionism“If only I were smarter”; “I should be more successful”; “I just need to work for one more hour, then everything will be fine.”

Does any of this sound familiar? These are just some of the thoughts that torment perfectionists.

Doing well is a good thing. It’s great to be proud of your work and have it recognized and rewarded. However, when achievement becomes a constant source of stress in your life, then it has become a problem that needs attention.

Here are some signs that you may be dealing with unhealthy perfectionism:

  • Continually refining your work and that
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Helping yourself to feel better

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Helping yourself to feel betterFeeling awful is, well… awful! And no amount of “oh, just cheer up already” is going to help. But there are some big – and little – things that will help:

  • Know this: YOU ARE WORTH IT. YOU ARE SPECIAL. Remind yourself of your strengths and trust yourself. Remind yourself every day.
  • FORGIVE YOURSELF. Not one single person in the history of humanity was or is perfect. Really. Control negative thoughts by remembering to keep perspective and look for the positive.
  • Avoid using drugs and alcohol. They don’t help – they only numb you up for a bit, and
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Are you depressed?

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Sad older gentlemanIt’s totally normal to feel sad or low sometimes, and often we’ll describe this feeling as being “depressed.” If these low feelings endure for an extended period of time, and if they are accompanied by some or all of the following symptoms, clinical depression may indeed be the root cause:

  •     Persistent loss of interest in daily activities
  •     Loss of energy; feeling subdued or slowed down
  •     Decreased self confidence
  •     Feelings of guilt
  •     Feeling that life is not worth living
  •     Difficulty concentrating when reading or watching TV
  •     Extreme restlessness
  •     Trouble sleeping
  •     Changes in appetite, often reduced  though sometimes increased

Some people …

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