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A Cool Place For Caregivers

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Let’s be honest. Caregivers have a tough job. While many say the job is rewarding, it is still difficult.

Caregivers in rural areas, like those found in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.), the land beyond the Straits of Mackinac, north of the Mackinac Bridge, have unique challenges added to their list of what makes caregiving so difficult. It’s not unusual for someone to have to drive 20 miles (or more!) to the grocery store, physician’s office, or church. Add 100 or so inches of snow (thankfully not all at once!) onto that drive and, well, that’s just one challenge!

A Yooper (as a person from the U.P. is called), is usually known to be pretty hardy, but even the toughest of the tough caregiver is at risk of caregiver burnout, usually described as physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion.

This blog site, “North of the Bridge – A Cool Place For Caregivers,” is a tool for caregivers. It is designed especially for Yoopers, but welcoming to caregivers everywhere.

To view monthly posts, click on “Caregiver Blog,” on the menu at the top of this page, or begin reading below:

Recent posts:

Losing Yourself (in Caregiving)…And How to Find Your Way Back

I bumped into Dave while out shopping.  I hadn’t seen him or his wife, Marie, for some time and was actually surprised to see my dear old friend at the mall. I was also surprised by his appearance. He had lost weight, looked tired, and wore a worried expression. Dave looked haggard. “Marie’s sister is…

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31 Ways to Be Your Own Santa

They mean well.  They really do. They probably spent hours, maybe even days, looking for something you would like. Something thoughtful, something sentimental. Something that would make your eyes sparkle and a smile shine brightly on your face as you unwrapped this special gift on Christmas morning…. …and discovered…. A 15-pound box of chocolates, or…

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