Strength for the Moment

Caregiving can be rewarding, but it’s also a responsibility that comes with high stress, and family strain, according to author Lori Hogan, whose new book, Strength for the Moment, celebrates, encourages and offers support to caregivers as they give of themselves to provide compassionate care for their loved ones.

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Top 10 Lessons for Caregivers to Take Care of Themselves

1. Ask for help.
2. Be patient.
3. Treat yourself.
4. Take a break.
5. Keep moving.
6. Don’t avoid the doctor.
7. Avoid junk food.
8. Maintain a sense of humor.
9. Pray.
10. Look to God.

In 1994, Lori Hogan with her husband, Paul, founded Home Instead Senior Care, after Paul's family experienced the challenge of caregiving for his grandmother. Home Instead has provided services to a million clients through a network of nearly 1,000 offices located in the U.S. and 15 countries. The Hogan’s 2009 book, Stages of Senior Care: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Making the Best Decisions, a response to the lack of information available to families as they make important senior care decisions, was a USA Today bestseller.

The survey was undertaken by Home Instead Senior Care and conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. 1,235 adults 18 years of age and older residing in the continental United States were interviewed by telephone from September 26, 2011, through September 29, 2011. Telephone numbers were selected based upon a list of telephone exchanges from throughout the nation. The exchanges were selected to ensure that each region was represented in proportion to its population. To increase coverage, the land-line sample was supplemented by respondents reached through random dialing of cell phone numbers. The two samples were then combined. Results are statistically significant within ±2.8 percentage points. The error margin increases for cross-tabulations. Please note that some totals may not add to 100% due to rounding.

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