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by Shelly Slaczka
Isolation and loneliness are feelings caregivers often have. They can be caused by withdrawal from previous surroundings and lifestyles or when caregivers are left alone in their caregiving duties. Caregivers without support from others in similar situations may feel as though no one really understands their situation. Although the activities caregivers preform often limit their time causing some isolation, the feeling can lead to further withdrawal from social activities and relationships they previously enjoyed. It is possible that some caregivers may literally be facing isolation.
The stress of feeling alone can also lead to unexpected physical side effects such as
severe psychological injuries, diabetes, stroke, or even premature death. Social isolation impairs immune function and boosts inflammation. Isolation increases the feelings of loneliness and depression, fear of other people, or may even create a more negative self-image. Not all caregivers will experience serious physical and emotional effects, but even the slightest feeling can have a significant impact on your overall well-being.
The best way to combat isolation and loneliness is to make time in your caregiving routine to focus on taking care of yourself with some sort of social interaction to build relationships. Social relationships benefit health with their supportive nature by encouraging health-promoting behaviors and discouraging health-damaging behaviors. It is important to maintain your sense of self and participate in activities that make you feel renewed. Respite care can allow a caregiver to focus on their own personal needs without worrying about the safety of their care recipient. Support groups or online support forums with common ground for caregivers in similar situations is another good way to interact. When you are lonely, you lose impulse control and become less concerned with interactions and more concerned with self-preservation. Involvement in your own interests may help you feel connected to your sense of self and help keep you in touch with your friends and loved ones.
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Radio Show that Focuses on Caregiving Concerns
Did you know there is a radio show that can help you?
Caring Connections with your host Nicole Bruno on
97.9 WCHL. Reaches mainly the Chapel Hill, Durham and Chatham County markets. Listen in at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Or you may find the pod casts of past shows by clicking here.
If you have a caregiving question that you would love to have answered on air or if you have a topic you think we should cover please email: email@example.com.
Do You Know Who I Am?
7.0 CEU Dementia Training
"Do You Know Who I Am?" is an Alzheimer's Disease training program for both family and professional caregivers. It is a participatory, interactive, and innovative approach to learning how to more effectively work with individuals with dementia, especially Alzheimer's.
Transitions GuidingLights Caregiver Training Institute
The Transitions GuidingLights Caregiver Training Institute now offers the DHSR approved Nursing Assistant 1 (NA1) program. We also have scholarships available to Raleigh residents who qualify. For more information about this robust and interactive program, please click here.
Information & Referral
Transitions GuidingLights is pleased to offer information and referrals to caregivers seeking resources for a loved one. Caregivers may drop in or call during regular business hours to receive personally tailored referrals to meet their specific care needs. Transitions GuidingLights provides referral services FREE of charge to family caregivers. Call (919) 371-2062 for help TODAY or
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Transitions GuidingLights offers CPR, AED, and First Aid training. This is a two year American Heart Association certification. Contact us if you would like to be certified.
The Awakening Program is a comprehensive life management program designed for individuals afflicted with dementia, especially Alzheimer's and their caregivers.
Caring Matters is a 14 video series designed to educate you about the various aspects of caregiving. Click Here For Videos
Caring Connections is a weekly radio show for caregivers about caregiving. This show has entered its third year of production and can be heard locally on WCHL. All shows are also available via podcast by clicking
The Transitions GuidingLights lending library houses hundreds of books to aid caregivers in their journey as well as books that will help you to prepare to care. For your convenience we also have a complete listing of our titles online which can be found
Transitions GuidingLights has a skills lab available. Are you unsure of how to provide assistance with activities of daily living for a loved one? If so, contact us and we would be glad to set up an appointment with one of our nurses who will work with you to practice the skills you need to become a more confident caregiver. Contact us by clicking