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As we move firmly into the lazy, hazy days of summer, there are some things we can be thinking about that will help to make our lives as caregivers a little easier. I shared some information and tips this week on my Take Care Tuesday segment on KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live. >>click here to watch…

Here’s some good news to start your week:  research done at the University of Pennsylvania shows that people have the ability to train themselves to be happier no matter how they were raised or what is involved in their current life situations! Psychologists say the fastest way to get started is to try to replace…

I know from comments to past posts that the issue of sleep…being able to get enough good quality sleep…is important to many of you. That makes me very happy, because caregivers typically are lacking in the quality sleep department. Common sense tells us that we simply can’t function at our best levels if we deprive ourselves of this health…

Coming off of Father’s Day weekend seems to be a perfect time to focus on creating a stronger bond with dad.  Think of how the role of “father” in familes has changed over the years.  The medical community talks a lot about how men and women are “wired differently”.  Traditionally, men have been raised to…

Feeling tired? Crampy? Cranky? Those are all common feelings among caregivers…but guess what?  They’re all common symptoms of dehydration! Other people who have been diagnosed with dehydration report feeling aches and pains (including chronic headache), constant stress, even depressed, and anxious.  Dehydration can be sneaky. It can have an impact on your mental and physical health…

It’s the first day of summer! The summer solstice began at 7:28 am (EST).  History teaches us that this change can bring us much happy hope for the week ahead. Traditionally, the summer solstice signifies a time of celebration.  People felt great joy because of the coming harvest, and warmer, longer days.  Ancient people, in awe of…

Exposing your true feelings may be uncomfortable sometimes, but it’s worth it! Dig deep.  Think about your feelings and get them out.  Take a nice, deep, calmiing breath…be honest and gentle.  Sharing in this way will definitely help you to create or strengthen a relationship. Here are a few questions to get you started talking…

Boost your mood, get rid of slugishness, and decrease stress with a little dose of morning sunshine. The sleep hormone melatonin can trigger a daytime grogginess that leaves you feeling frustrated and less than productive. The good news is, research shows just ten minutes of morning sunshine shuts down the brain’s production of melatonin in…

When you’re open to it, hope can come into your life anywhere, anytime.  When was the last time took some time to listen to and enjoy music? It can absolutely help to inspire you to create hope in your life! The medical community is recognizing that listening to music has a deep, positive effect on…

Experiencing quality sleep is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.  In fact, experts I’ve interviewed tell me we need to think about the elements of overall health and wellness in terms of a triangle with Nutrition, Exercise, and Sleep as the equal points. Sleep specialists say seven to nine hours of sleep a night for…

Jennifer Antkowiak
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Jennifer Antkowiak

Jennifer Antkowiak's expertise in the caregiving field is authentic and inspiring. She is a busy mother of five, wife, award-winning TV news anchor and talk show host, author, and speaker. Jennifer knows how long-term illness affects a family. Her mother had post-partum depression and died of a heart attack at age 50. Jennifer feels blessed to have been a caregiver for her mother-in-law who died of cancer, and most recently, for her live-in father-in-law who died of cancer. Her real life experiences fuel her passionate mission to help the world's caregivers.
Through her work, she connects with caregivers to deliver help and hope. You can find out more about the Jennifer Cares mission and join Jennifer's free White Feather Club.

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