Caregivers – Learn Strategies Recommended by Physicians to Assist You

Tips on HealthMy sister and I were the caregivers to our quadriplegic mother. She had multiple sclerosis (MS).

Back then, around 20 years ago, the internet wasn’t teeming with free and readily accessible information for caregivers to those with MS or other illnesses. Thankfully, today information and help is easily available.

MedilinePlus realizes the importance of providing help to caregivers of the disabled and has information from a recently published commentary on the subject in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The article begins:

The commentary’s author (who is a professor at Harvard Medical School) explains about 42 million Americans are caregivers and they assist patients for an average of 20 hours a week. Muriel Gillick M.D. reports the majority of caregivers are middle-aged women caring for aging parents.

Dr. Gillick notes caregivers often assist patients with daily living activities, such as shopping, cooking, bathing, and dressing. However, Dr. Gillick writes (and we quote) “Nearly half of all caregivers report responsibility for complex medical tasks that often are the province of a professional nurse or trained technician’ (end of quote).

Dr. Gillick finds caregivers report they are responsible for clinical activities including: diet adherence, wound care, treating pressure ulcers, providing medications and intravenous fluids, as well as operating medical equipment.

To read the full article, go to: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript093013.html

Having multiple sclerosis myself, I do lots of research and use alternative medicine as my front-line defense. One strategy that I know helps with just about any illness is meditation.

RECOMMENDED TOOL: GUIDED MEDITATIONS

Healing with meditationAs I mentioned, I do meditation. It was originally recommended by my acupuncturist, Dr. Henry Z. H. Lee. I’ve also gotten involved with the mediation series offered by Oprah and Deepak Chopra. It really does work.

To get started on your own meditation journey, you might want to check out Guided Meditations. The company has been in business for over 30 years and knows what they’re doing. Check out the soothing and guided CDs or Downloads today. CLICK HERE to get started.

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Karen Cioffi
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