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1/31/08 11:37 A

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Thanks! Good suggestions and easy to do, too! Appreciate it.

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1/31/08 10:05 A

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Welcome to the team!
Yes this can be pretty tough!

Forgive me if I'm sticking my nose in here. As far as exercise, I have some possibilities. These, of course, would be as you have time to do them. just taking 5 min to stretch might be something. Or taking 5 mins to do a little bit of weight lifting, using cans of canned food for the weights.
When you're putting away laundry or bringning in groceries, only take a little bit each trip, so you have to make more trips. MAybe see if you couldn't get an exercise bike cheap or free off of freecycle craigslist or a want ad and use it just a few minutes a day. THere are also exercise videos you can get (that you can stop in the middle of if needed)In the summer, would you be able to take your dad for a walk?
A few years ago, worked as a CNA (certified Nurses Aide) and did in- home care for an elderly lady who had alheimers. This was in the spring or early summer, so the weather was nice. a couple of times I was able to take her in her wheelchair down to the nearby stream. Her husband told me she talked about that just about every day for weeks, she loved it so much!

And, sometimes, just doing our caregiver job is exercise!

Anyways, welcome to the team! We're glad to have you! and feel free to chat with us any time!

Becky



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1/31/08 9:44 A

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welcome to the team. it can be really hard.

All the so called "secrets of success"will not work ... unless you do.




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1/31/08 9:41 A

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Hi, a friend from sparkpeople actually found this page for me and I sure am glad she did! I have been looking for something like this in my town but the town is very small and doesn't have many support groups like this one.

I am 46 years old with a 21 year old daughter and have been caring for my 83 year old father for the past 10 years and my 72 year old mother up until I had to put her in a nursing home a year ago. I don't work outside of the home and have a very hard time getting away for even a short time, though about once a year my daughter and I manage to find a neighbor who will watch out for my dad while we're gone for a couple of nights to somewhere fun. It's been a very lonely life since I started taking care of my parents and I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one with some of these same concerns and circumstances.

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