FROM OUR EXPERTS
It's funny to describe yourself at this age! It is a
wonderful task and I recommend it to all of you. Get out a piece of paper (or
sit at your computer) and write one l-o-n-g sentence about yourself, as if the
reader doesn't know anything about you. Do it now, I'll wait.... Now, sit back and
look at what you've written. Are you happy with your description? If yes,
FABULOUS! If not, CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
Here's my sentence: Rompin', stompin' woman who has energy
to burn (most days), journalist, rock climber, kayaker, emergency medical
technician, cookbook editor, and soon-to-be nursing student.
Now here's the funny part: I was almost NONE of those things
before I hit 45, before menopause took hold of my hormones and shook them to
At 50 (or just a few months before), I changed my life. I
didn't let the "change of life" change me, I took control. Ok, I'm a bit of a
control freak but more on that later. I was working as an editor and publisher
Always screen your calls and never pick up when your elder calls with a nasty demanding tone. If you never give in to moaning and groaning, they will eventually stop trying that approach. But if you eventually give in, you are teaching them that all they have to do is continue pushing harder and harder because you will eventually cave in. Never allow yourself to be manipulated.
Set reasonable but strict limits of when you can be available and then hold out until your elder asks for your attention in a reasonable way. Then, immediately respond positively to reinforce the good behavior. Be sure to tell them how much you appreciate the way they have approached you this time and be generous with your praise and affection. If you reinforce the good behavior, you will get more of it.
Getting your elder involved in activities will be the best thing for both of you. Call your Area Agency on Aging to find the local Senior Centers and Adult Day Care Centers and learn about enroll...
When it comes down to it, most of the time I forget I have diabetes. It has been such a big part of my life that it is secound nature. It is just not something that you think about. Newly diagnosed, we all couldn't get it off our minds: What time do I do this, how much do I give, can I have this? For me and most of you probably, I count carbs in my head and give insulin accordingly. I recently kept a log. I wrote in this log, for everytime I checked my blood, gave insulin, or did anything diabetes-related. I also kept a secound log with all my daily work, like work, homework, and appointments. On the diabetes log I had filled in more than 5 pages in one week. In the other log, my "work log," i filled in 2 to 3 pages. I was surprised that the "diabetes log" was so much longer then the "work log". But yet I thought more about my daily work task than my diabetes. I do so much more work for diabetes and still tend to forget it. Why...
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