Ever think about what it’s going to be like when your aging parents become sick or incapacitated? Ever think about what it’s going to be like when that happens to you? Probably not, few people do. Who wants to focus on such a negative topic?
On today’s show we dive into what we can all do to prepare and avoid unnecessary stress, pain, and anxiety.
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In our conversation, you’ll learn something about some of the things it would be very wise (although perhaps unpleasant) to confront before that phone call comes. You’ll learn about the sorry state of the Caregiver industry, how they are classified in the same income class as part time babysitters and who earn barely over minimum wage, even though they are taking care of two of the most loved people in our lives, our parents (or even ourselves). No one wants to think about it, but every one of us should, and Rosanna has made it as easy (and even as humorous) as can be.
This week’s guest, Rosanna Fay, former Silicon Valley executive, who had to deal with the tragedies that befall those that are not ready when that terrible phone call comes – that your remaining able parent can no longer hack it on their own, or the phone call that you have a serious chronic disease that is going to leave you debilitated for the rest of your life. She and her parents hadn’t really considered this when the news came that she was going to have to manage a terrifying situation when her remaining parent suddenly became terminally bed-ridden.
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Blog topics/solutions to be examined over the coming months will include:
Why your family must move to smart phones as the integrated technology platform to connect parents and children. Any parent can learn to use a smart phone, if they choose the right one.
- Review of Phillips Mobilecare app
- Review of SmartBed technology
- “Certified Aging in Place”; what is it and why does it matter?
NEW RELEASE – Guided Imagery Audio Program for:
Caregiver Support and Stress Management:
Treating and Preventing Caregiver Burnout (MP3 Download)
Give a Gift of Self-Care to Yourself and the Caregivers in Your Life!
Track 1: The essence of the healing response, the importance of kindness in caregiving – to the patient/client as well as to yourself
Enjoy a Heart-to-Heart talk with Dr. Miller, a reminder of the true source of healing, how the relationship with a caregiver can support this healing, and how important it is to recognize caregiver stress and prevent caregiver burnout. The thrust of this talk is to encourage caregivers to take the time to keep themselves healthy, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Track 2: Deep Relaxation and Guided Imagery for Caregivers
The second track on this product is a soothing deep relaxation/meditation and guided imagery experience specifically designed to support caregivers. It guides you release excess and accumulated stress and tension and to recommit yourself to your own care and those you care for.
Suggested Programs by Dr. Miller
A Guide To Using Dr. Miller’s Most Effective Guided Imagery Programs In Your Practice Or Healing Work.
No wonder Letting Go of Stress is the world’s most popular stress management CD! Several distinct and different guided imagery and deep relaxation experiences teach powerful techniques for melting away stress and its symptoms. The beautiful vocal performance, one of Dr. Miller’s best, is enhanced by an exquisite, specially composed score performed by famed musician Stephen Halpern. No healing library is complete without this one! You will be treated to four different specific relaxation and stress reduction techniques, including progressive relaxation, autogenic self-suggestion, muscle tension release, and creative visualization with everyone’s favorite—”A Trip to the Beach.” Buy Letting Go Of Stress CD or MP3 Download
All behaviors are based on decisions made by the deeper mind. Use this beautiful program every day, while you drive, to choose your wisest behavior. You will hear affirmations to enable you to access the serenity to accept what you cannot change, and the courage to confront and change what you can change. The words of wise men and women from many times and cultures, intoned over soothing music, awaken within you the wisdom to choose well. Listen to a sample of Serenity Prayer Guided Imagery Affirmations CD
“After years of saying the Serenity Prayer at recovery meetings, I can truthfully say I never truly understood it until I heard Dr. Miller’s recording.” ~ Tim Benson
Writing Your Own Script 2CDs
Helping resolve essentially any unwanted habitual pattern – overuse of drugs and alcohol, nail biting, procrastination, guilt, stage fright, insecurity, inhibition, negative thinking, excessive worry, or self-criticism.
CD 1, Part A – Setting Your Image Goal: Builds self-confidence and motivation as you journey inward in your own private elevator to your personal screening room where you experience positive mental, physical, and emotional images of yourself. (20:10)
CD 1, Part B – Letting Go of the Past: You will view the past objectively and permit your mind to release non-adaptive patterns through a “de-conditioning” process. (19:50)
CD 2, Part C – Writing Your Own Future Script: You will choose new ways to respond to stressful situations by creating mental images. This key section of the program helps you associate your desired behavior with expected rewards by using image rehearsal. (19:54)
CD 2, Part D – Applauding Your Progress: Helps you make new patterns permanent through positive reinforcement. (19:10)
See more of Dr. Miller’s Guided Imagery Audio Programs for Treating and Preventing Caregiver Burnout.