Episode 48

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21st Dec 2022

Caregiver Blues, How to Survive the Holidays

In this episode, I share tips on how caregivers can overcome those holiday blues when you’re alone and away from those you love.  The show mentions how to make your days brighter when you start feeling a little dark.

Below are several links to those tips and solutions discussed in this episode.  They’re fun and easy to do yourself or with your parents even if they have physical challenges:

Holiday Cookie Houses: Option #1, Option #2, Option #3/Mansion Style, and no-bake Option #4

How to create your own private YouTube channel

Create a Chinese Takeout Smorgasbord, with cake-top sparklers, no-mess tossing streamers, or LED balloons. (I recommend putting these balloons on sticks as they’re easier to have fun with vs. helium inflation).

Stocking Stuffer creation party: 64 stuffers you can easily make.

Invite children into your mom and dad’s home. Open fun gifts together or make gifts with them to share with friends and family members.

Make all sorts of decorated popcorn balls: Recipe for turning them into ornaments you can hang.

Holiday character appetizers: A skillet snowman, and fun Hanukkah dessert ideas.

Be creative. Get wild and crazy.  Ask mom, dad, and all your friends who are caring for someone to join in with ideas and the celebration. 

This way you’ll never be alone (until you want to be). 

Cheers and happy holidays!

Lots of love, Nancy

Host:  Nancy May, Author of How to Survive 911 Medical Emergencies, Step-by-Step Before, During, After!  is an expert in managing the path of step-by-step caring for aging parents, even from over 1200 miles away. For a free, fillable File-of-Life go to www.howtosurvive911.com. Nancy is also the Co-Founder of CareManity LLC, and the private FaceBook group, Eldercare Success.

Disclaimer: The views, perspectives, and opinions expressed in this show are those of the show guests and not directly those of the companies they serve or that of the host or the producer CareManity, LLC. The information discussed should not be considered or used as medical, legal, or financial advice. Please seek the advice of your own personal medical, legal or financial advisors as each person’s situation is different. (c) Copyright 2022 CareManity, LLC all rights reserved.

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Eldercare Success
Doing It Best with Eldercare Success
Join us in Doing it Best with Eldercare Success where we explore ways to relieve the stress, exhaustion and overwhelm that we all face in caring for an aging parent, frail spouse, or partner. Fear, frustration, emotional and financial strain do not have to be your MO! In this show, we dive into unraveling the tricks, traps, and gotchas that create more questions than answers while caring for those we love.
Join Nancy May, and her guests as she helps relieve the pressures and delivers solid ways to find more joy and freedom as we care for those with those we love. Here you’ll learn how to find the ground under your feet again. Hang tight there’s a better road ahead.
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Nancy May

Nancy May is a corporate leader, business advisor, author, speaker, and nationally recognized podcast host. She has spent her career working with CEOs, Boards of Directors, and senior leaders in the public and private corporate sectors. These experiences gave her the strength and foundation to step in and provide her parents with guidance and support, both as their POA and Trustee, and diehard advocate as they aged. Nancy credits her father an entrepreneur, innovator of innovative eyewear design, and her mom for encouraging and preparing her to acquire the many skills needed to start, build, and lead several successful businesses. She has transitioned these competencies and life lessons to into her new business, CareManity, LLC, which focuses on providing family caregivers structured ways to obtain practical knowledge, resources, and access much-needed support.