Three-Part Caregiver Series
PART ONE: "Dealing With Feelings of Anger and Guilt"
When you’re stretched to the limit acting as caregiver to a loved one, feelings of anger are common and understandable. It may be anger at the situation, anger at yourself for feeling inadequate to the task, or even anger at the person you’re caring for. Guilt may follow on the heels of the anger because you feel terrible about feeling angry.
PART TWO: "It’s My Life Too—Why Can’t I Catch a Break?"
The extreme stress caregivers are under leaves them little time and energy. It’s important, however, that they learn to protect their own health by carving out much-needed time for themselves. According to the National Family Caregivers Association, the most important gift a caregiver can give her loved one is her own good health. However busy you, the caregiver, are, there are simple ways to reclaim your life by knowing how to ask for help, devising ways to make caregiving easier, and learning tips that will keep you from becoming overwhelmed by anger and frustration.
PART THREE: "Who Said Happiness is a Choice?"
During the best of times happiness is an elusive and relative concept. For instance, Daniel Gilbert, in his book Stumbling on Happiness, cites research showing that smaller, day-to-day aggravations actually cause us more unhappiness than do traumatic events such as a cancer diagnosis or other crises. Hard to believe, but it seems we’re programmed to rally in the face of a real crisis. Happiness may not seem like a simple choice for caregivers, but you can learn ways to understand your feelings as well as easy techniques to enhance your quality of life.
Cynthia Hough will conduct all three sessions. A former Sibley employee, Cynthia studied with Jon Kabat-Zinn, M.D., professor of medicine emeritus and founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Meets the third Tuesday of each month, January 15, February 19 and March 19, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Medical Building, Conference Room 5. Call 202-364-7602 to reserve your place.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 2:00 PM - 3:29 PM
Sibley Hospital / Medical Bldg, Conference Room 5
5255 Loughboro Road, NW