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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Page 10 While no one would time for caregivers who where many families say the economic can get overwhelmed have been forced to downturn of the last from time to time. care for ill loved ones year has been a good * Keep medical records themselves, caregivers thing, that doesn't handy. Because caringneed to recognize they mean it hasn't been for a loved can feel are not alone and there beneficial in certain overwhelming, it's best are many people in ways. Many families, to stay as organized as similar situations cop- for instance, were possible to help reduce ing with similar forced to re-examine some of the stress, thoughts and feelings, their financial strate- Keep medical records Many communities gies and spending handy and in a con- have caregiving sup- habits and might, as a venient location. Many port groups for care- result, be in better times, older adults givers who simply need financial shape down must visit the doctor's to get things off their the road because of it. office frequently. Tochests. The local hos- The downturn has also keep affairs in order, pital likely has a list of drawn many families store medical recordssuch support groups. If closer, as tough times in a convenient Ioca-not, an online search tend to strengthen tion so they're easily for groups in your area bonds while everyone accessible whenever will likely produce chips in to get through, taking a loved one tosome results. One way in which the doctor's office. * Exercise. Daily exer- many families have Also, when visiting acise is beneficial for had to cut back is to new doctor, bring those everyone, and care- care for aging or sick medical records with givers are no excep- loved ones in their you to lessen any tion. Be sure to get out home as opposed to potential confusion as of the house each day, paying for an extended to your loved one's be it for a walk around care facility. Whether prior care. the neighborhood or to that responsibility falls * Join a support group, squeeze in an hour or to a single individual or Caregiving for an aging so at the gym. When a variety of family parent can be very dif- exercising, invite a members, the following ficult, and many care- friend or family mem-' tips can help make the givers often have feel- ber along. This can adjustment easier and ings of depression, help caregivers main- less stressful. However, particularly in tain the connection to Ask for and accept the current economy some of their favorite help. Oftentimes, when a parent is aging or is suffering from a chronic ill- ness, the responsibility for caring for that parent will fall to one per- son. A son or daughter with- out any chil- dren, for exam- pie, will typical- ly become the primary care- giver. However, the responsibility of caring for an aging or ill par- ent is a big one, and indi- viduals should ask for and accept help. Siblings, other family mem- bers and friends will like- ly all offer to help, and indi- viduals should be open to that help. Even if a friend offers to cook dinner once a week or shop for the Something as simple as using the treadmill for 20 minutes groceries, per day can help to drastically increase energy levels, pay- such favors ing dividends at the end of the week. can free up activities and daily exercise has been proven to reduce stress and improve mood. How to Easily and Effectively Inl Energy Levels The work week can truly be exhausting. By the time Friday arrives, the taxing nature of work can really take its toll. Oftentimes, that toll manifests itself in a number of ways. Whether you grow eas- ily aggravated or sim- ply struggle to maintain your energy as the week wears on, chances are you feel somewhat deflated by the end of the work week. While it might seem as though you need to make some drastic changes in order to -recoup you . once ...... vibrant energy, for most people that's not the case at all. In fact, several easy to instill lifestyle changes can help you regain your energy levels and head into the weekend reju- venated instead of put through the ringer. * Turn the lights and television off when you sleep. Keeping the lights on or falling asleep to the television interrupts quality sleep, whether you know it or not. Lights on while sleeping hinders mela- tonin secretion, essen- tially throwing your body off track and forc- likely to have. ing it to reset. This can * Emphasize cardio- negatively impact yourvascular activities and energy levels when it exercise. Many people comes time to get out aren't fond of going to of bed. In addition tothe gym. However, turning the lights andachieving optimal fit- television off, try and ness doesn't have to make your bedroom as involve a gym member dark as possible when you go to sleep. This ship. Cardiovascular will encourage a exercise, which can sounder sleep and include walking, jog- could help increase ging, using the tread- energy levels as a mill, etc., helps to result, lower blood pressure, Don't eat big meals at decrease body fat and night. The digestive system is most active reduce cholesterol during the daytime, among other benefits. which enables the Each of those things body to use food for can do wonders for energy much more your energy levels. effectively. If you'reWhile you might initially going to be eating a struggle to muster up large meal, it's best to the energy to include do so during the day- regular cardiovascular time. 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