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March is on a Nutrition Mission

By Jamie Huysman, PsyD, LCSW It’s National Nutrition Month! What and how we eat have a lot to do with our health and wellbeing. Common sense tells us that if we don’t weed, feed and water a garden, it will die. It reminds us that if we don’t put gas in the car, change the […]

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Hay que saber reconocer un buen consejo

Carol Zernial Executive Director WellMed Charitable Foundation A veces cuando escuchamos a un conferencista o leemos un libro, de verdad nos identificamos con lo que dicen. Acostumbramos asentir con la cabeza en señal de aceptación o sentimos que así es como quisiéramos que fueran las cosas. Ya que tengo el privilegio de entrevistar a conferencistas […]

Thursday, February 28, 2019
Flexing Our Muscle Memory

By Carol Zernial WellMed Charitable Foundation While cleaning out the piles of articles, papers, books, cassettes, etc. that belonged to my mother, we discovered that her anxiety was much more severe than we had realized. We knew that she suffered from anxiety and had once been diagnosed with Panic Disorder, but we didn’t know how […]

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Knowing Good Advice When You Hear It

By Carol Zernial WellMed Charitable Foundation Executive Director Sometimes when we hear a speaker or read a book, the words really ring true to us. We’ll nod our heads in agreement or feel like this is how we wish everything could be. Because I have the privilege of interviewing authors and speakers who are caregiving […]

Saturday, January 5, 2019
Hopeful & Heartfelt Wishes for the New Year

By Jamie Huysman, PsyD, LCSW The year’s end is an excellent time to reflect and celebrate even the smallest of victories. We’ve made it through another year; we’ve done our best to meet its challenges. Life is the greatest of teachers when we allow ourselves to be open to its lessons. Many of us will […]

Saturday, January 5, 2019
You Are the Gift

By Jamie Huysman, PsyD, LCSW The holidays are upon us once again. Every year we make plans, have expectations of ourselves and others, and many times struggle with “what to get” for everyone. We juggle and try to make sense of lack of time, money, and overwhelming feelings of obligation. Caregivers give of themselves every […]

Thursday, November 1, 2018
Happiness is a Choice we make

By Carol Zernial WellMed Charitable Foundation Executive Director We all want to be happy. We pop our heads up now and then to measure how happy we are. We buy things that will “make” us happy. We devote quite a bit of time and emotional energy searching for this seemingly allusive state. Don’t we have […]

Thursday, November 1, 2018
Lincoln Driving Lincoln

By Carol Zernial WellMed Charitable Foundation Executive Director Have you ever done something that seemed completely frivolous just for the fun of it? Have you done something frivolous since you became a caregiver? For most of us, caregiving is serious business. We’re dealing with serious illness or disabilities, medical appointments, long hours, and a load […]

Monday, October 1, 2018
Obstacles to Practicing Kindness in Caregiving

By Dr. Jamie Huysman, PsyD, LCSW Being a primary caregiver can be a thankless job – particularly when you’re doing the best you can, and it’s still not enough. Family dynamics can be treacherous. Other family members may have very strong opinions about how they think things should be handled. Fortunate is the family that […]

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
A Matter of Life and Death

By Carol Zernial WellMed Charitable Foundation Executive Director Caregivers sometimes have to make tough decisions – literally decisions of life and death. It doesn’t matter if we knew this moment was coming. It doesn’t lessen the intensity of the decision if the person is very old or in poor health. The question will be asked: […]

Sunday, July 1, 2018