February News and Events
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Caregiver Health                        
           by Shelly Slaczka    
Caregivers rarely complain about providing care, but the human immune system can be weakened by the stress and strain of caregiving even years after it has ended.  Caregivers tend to be busy with so many things that it often becomes hard to make time to take care of self.  Even though our schedules may be filled up so full that we do not see how we can make time to relax, it is extremely important that we do.  Stress can be a factor in many health-related issues such as heart disease, asthma, obesity, diabetes, headaches, depression, anxiety, gastrointestinal problems, Alzheimer's disease, accelerated aging, and premature death. 

Taking time to de-stress and relax does not have to take a lot of time and is simple.  Here are some suggestions to help you relax by implementing breathing techniques, visualization, massages, affirmations, journaling, aromatherapy, and exercise.

·         Breathing techniques that teach you to breathe deeply not only help reduce stress, but also can help lengthen your life and make you more healthy, happy, and productive.


·         Visualization is highly effective in reducing stress.  As long as you are not driving, you can do this just about anywhere at any time.


·         We do not all have the time or money for a professional massage, but a little mini self-massage can do the trick as well.  You can massage your hands or feet, use a massage gadget for your back, or look into other forms of self-massage.


·         Affirmations that help focus on your coping abilities when used in crises will help you remain calm and relaxed.


·         Journaling helps provide prospective.  This will help you relax, focus, and stay grounded.


·         Aromatherapy relaxing fragrances tend to produce slower frequency brain waves and have antidepressant properties when you smell them.  This will help you deal better with stress.


·         When you are stressed your muscles tighten.  A simple walk will improve your circulation. Stretching exercises will loosen muscles and help encourage deep breathing.

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Next meeting on March 16, 2017
9:30 am - 11:00 am
You must become a member to attend.
Meeting Location:
7615 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27615
To register, click here or contact:
Shelly Slaczka

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: nicole@guidinglightsnc.org.

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  Click Here To Contact Us 

Caring Matters

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.  
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Awakening Program

The Awakening Program is a comprehensive life management program designed for individuals afflicted with dementia, especially Alzheimer's and their caregivers.

Caring Matters

Caring Matters is a 14 video series designed to educate you about the various aspects of caregiving.   Click Here For Videos

Caring Connections

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 

Lending Library

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  here.

Skills Lab

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  here.

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3739 National Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27612 · 919.371.2062