Posts Tagged ‘caregiver survival’

OMG! Come See Me at the Farmers Market.

September 29, 2016

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How Do You Beat the Flu?

September 22, 2016

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Come to KNOW SHOW! Health Fair and Safety Show where you can get a flu shot, have your vision, glucose and blood pressure tested. Chair Massages. Health Care Presentations and so much more. See you at 19251 N Westbrook Park, Peoria AZ 9AM – 1 PM on SUNDAY OCT 9, 2016.

 

 

Poems of a Lifetime

May 19, 2016

It was that time again. My two year renewal for my website at GoDaddy. Am I the only one who hates their software? It’s not user friendly. It takes forever to accomplish the simplest of changes. But I have prevailed. I have updated my website and renewed for another two years. Wow. And it only took the better part of two days of my life. I got off easy.

So here it is–my new and improved website. Yes, it is not great, but it is a lot better than it was two years ago when I started it. And yes, I do want to know about errors, omissions and things that don’t make sense. I would not be offended but actually grateful to hear about them.

You know I would really rather be writing . .

 

Ms. Dale’s Website

 

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Caregiver Retreat A Life-Saver

March 22, 2016

Duet Arizona sponsored a day retreat for caregivers on Friday March 20.  It was a refreshing success for 25 attendees who enjoyed massages, food and life-changing information.  Read the details  here

Caring for the Caregiver

 

 

Caregiving Like It Is

February 2, 2015

Honest caregiver talk Part 2 hits home.  Listen to this chat to overcome that isolated, overwhelmed feeling. Rebecca asks such probing questions.  I told it all.  Try to forget what has changed.  Don’t stew about the future.  Focus on the golden moments.  An inspiring estate sale around Mt. Tabor Park.  An artist who left behind an ink and white paper drawing.

Caregiver Chat at Improvement Radio

Mom's last Mother's Day at Crystals Springs.

Mom’s last Mother’s Day at Crystals Springs.

Library Selfie

December 29, 2014

I returned a book at the library a few days ago and almost ran into a tripod at the front door. They have posted my Jan 14 book signing event. I hope it’s warmer than it is today on Jan 14 at 1 PM. It was 33 degrees last night here in the Valley of the Sun.

Book Signing  Jan 14, 2015 at 1 PM

Book Signing
Jan 14, 2015 at 1 PM

The Ups and Downs of Caregiving

The Ups and Downs of Caregiving

Caregiving is intimate . . . it made me fall in love with my husband all over again.

December 1, 2014
Rich on a good day

Rich on a good day

It was a hot summer day, but a good day for Rich. He was strong enough to accompany me to a dinner function. As you can see. I was thrilled.

Ms Dale’s Caregiver Book Wins Two Awards Survival Story Offers Tools to Combat Burnout

November 22, 2014

More Than I Could Ever Know: How I Survived Caregiving is a best seller in the Arizona retirement community of Westbrook Village.

Residents there quickly climb on board Ms. Dale L. Baker’s carousel and follow her through the ups and downs of caring for her dying husband. They savor her love story; treasure the lessons learned listed at the end of most chapters. Available in paperback and e-book format, her book is usually read in one sitting, then passed on to another caregiver, if not kept for reference. Often gift copies are bought.

Now, two national book competitions, the Living Now Book Awards and the USA Best Books Awards, have recognized More Than I Could Ever Know: How I Survived Caregiving as more than a how-to manual to overcome caregiver burnout.

The Ups and Downs of Caregiving

The Ups and Downs of Caregiving

On September 16, 2014, the Living Now Book Awards presented by Jenkins Group of Traverse City, Michigan honored excellent newly published books that enrich readers’ lives in 38 lifestyle categories from cooking to spiritually. Ms. Baker’s book was the Bronze Medal Winner in Caregiving.

On November 12, 2014, USABookNews.com, the premier online magazine featuring mainstream and independent publishing houses announced USA Best Book Award winners and finalists in over 100 categories. More Than I Could Ever Know: How I Survived Caregiving placed as a Finalist in the “Health: Death & Dying” category.

Ms. Baker, a published poet, short story writer and experienced caregiver to three loved ones, currently facilitates a caregiver support group in her Peoria, AZ home. Her caregiver experiences took place in Portland, OR between 2003 and 2011 where she nurtured her husband Richard through his prolonged fight with cancer, then managed end-of-life care for her parents as they struggled with Alzheimer’s and heart disease. For details, visit http://www.msdaleLbaker.com or just Google “Ms Dale caregiver.”

Title Survey

June 16, 2014

I had a title for my caregiver book long before I finished writing it. It was a title I was in love with because it was the center of my relationship with Rich. It was down-to-earth, direct, but with a hint of humor. It came from his words to me at the end of Chapter 10– “Hold My Hand, But Don’t Rub It.”

My editor convinced me that the real “ah, ha” moment of my book happens later in Chapter 17 (Last Call). And that is the title that made it to the cover.

I wonder what readers think. Do you like the current title “More Thank I Could Ever Know” or do you think “Hold My Hand, But Don’t Rub It” better?