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Caregiver Depression    
by Shelly Slaczka

The complications of caregiving can lead to feelings of stress, guilt, anger, sadness, isolation, and depression. Depression affects different people in different ways and at different times. Many people with symptoms of depression don't recognize the symptoms in themselves or have a tough time talking about it.

Signs and symptoms of depression include:
  • Becoming easily agitated or frustrated
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Thoughts of death, dying, or suicide
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities
  • Difficulty thinking or concentrating
  • Changes in appetite and weight
  • Physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and pain
  • Increase in alcohol or drug consumption
  • Neglecting physical well-being and appearance
If you are concerned that you might be depressed, see your doctor as soon as possible. Depression deserves to be treated with the same attention as any other illness. Certain medications and some medical conditions can cause the same symptoms as depression. A doctor can rule out these possibilities by doing a medical exam and lab tests. If depression is left untreated, it can lead to emotional and physical problems. It can also affect the quality of care you're able to provide your loved one.

Depression can be effectively treated. Treatment commonly involves a combination of medication, therapy, and support. The treatments maybe used alone or in combination with one another. It's important to be comfortable with the professional you seek treatment with, so consider interviewing several to find a good fit. Your primary care physician, insurance provider, or community mental health clinic may be able to provide referrals. There are also complementary and alternative therapies such as physical exercise and mind-body techniques. Also consider strategies to help yourself such as trying to be with other people, participate in activities, let family and friends help, seek out caregiver support, journal, or take time for yourself.

We have made some  big  changes for HART for 2019. We now meet on a monthly basis!

We will hold six luncheon meetings at the North Hills Club in Raleigh where we will focus our time on networking and getting to know each other across the industry. Each luncheon will feature a great speaker who will encourage you, inspire you, or help you with your business endeavors. For those who remember the way HART used to be several years ago these meetings will be in line with the format of the past! We have heard you and are bringing it back  recharged.

The other six meetings will continue with the same format that we have had over the past three years. They will continue to be breakfast meetings held at Renaissance Funeral Home and we will continue our service project format in an effort to try to support area nonprofit and government agencies and fill the gaps for seniors and caregivers in Wake County.

For more information  click here.

Next meeting on August 15, 2019
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
You must become a member to attend.
Meeting Location:
4824 Yadkin Drive
Raleigh, NC 27609
To register, click here or contact:
Shelly Slaczka


Registration is now OPEN!

We are excited to announce that attendee registration is now open for our Chapel Hill Caregivers Summit!

Each full day conference has been created to provide education and support to caregivers in Wake, Durham, Orange, and Harnett Counties.

Each summit has different educational offerings. We understand the rewarding, important, and frequently difficult job caregivers have when caring for a loved one or client.

We hope that this conference provides relevant and timely information that will assist you in your caregiving journey.

Pre-registration is STRONGLY encouraged!

Visit our website to register for the upcoming Caregivers Summits.

These summits do provide CNEs for those seeking educational credits. Lunch is provided to all attendees.

The Transitions GuidingLights Caregiver Training Institute
Now enrolling students for our NA1 Program

We offer a robust 146-hour curriculum which exceeds the basic standards of the North Carolina State DHSR model. Our curriculum is innovative, 
NA1 students who graduated October 2015.
participatory and interactive, making the experience more thorough and more enjoyable for our students.  We also offer a career fair at the end of each course giving our students an opportunity to be placed in the caregiving field with one of our vetted vendor organizations.
*Clinical rotation is held at Springmoor with additional experiential opportunity. 

Do you have an amazing employee who would make a wonderful NA1?  If the answer to that question is "yes," consider sending them through our program as an investment in your organization.

Radio Show that Focuses on 
Aging Concerns
Did you know there is a radio show that can help you?
Aging Matters  

With co-hosts Jason Kong (WTPF) and Nicole Clagett (Transitions GuidingLights).  Airs Saturday evenings from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
 on 680 WPTF. You may find the podcasts 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: agingmatters@transitionslifecare.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 training.  This is a two year American Heart Association certification. Contact us if you would like to be certified.  
Interest In CPR

ABC11's Caregivers Corner

ABC11's Caregivers Corner is a place where you can connect with fellow people giving long term care to a loved one, be it a grandparent, parent or sibling. This group is moderated by ABC11 and Nicole. Please share this page and help connect caregivers with important content that will help them in their caregiving journey!

You can meet Nicole and other caregivers on our Facebook group  here.
Caring Matters

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

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 

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.
Thank You!! Community Partners




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