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  • An essay on cleaning the carpet
  • Info about a new caregiving presentation
  • Current scheduled events for 2016
  • A song for the struggling
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Essay of the Month: How to Clean the Carpet.

Yes folks, it happens. As caregivers we have all faced those unpleasant messes. How do you make it through? My advice is a good web search for cleaning tips along with a good dose of humor. (Holding your nose might be required too.)

Back in the day I had to face a big carpet cleaning, and that is the topic of my most recent essay. It is part how-to, part humorous story. If you want all of the details you can read the entire thing here: http://caregivingreality.com/articles/how-to-clean-the-carpet/

That essay also happens to be an excerpt from my book The Sea is Wide: A Memoir of Caregiving.

New Presentation in 2016

In 2016 I am looking to reach more caregivers. When I gave my talk in 2015 I focused on speaking to people facing Alzheimer's, but I have come to realize that my caregiving experience has so much to share with caregivers of all types. The National Caregiver Alliance estimates  that there are 8.9 million adults caring for someone with dementia in the US, but 34 million informal caregivers helping someone age 50+ in their life. My journey can be an encouragement and inspiration to all those caregivers. This year I am putting together a new presentation aimed at encouraging all caregivers just as I brought words of hope to those facing Alzheimer's.

This year I will be giving talks aimed specifically at Alzheimer's, and also a completely new talk tailored to address the needs of all types of caregivers. If you would like to set up one of my new talks in your area then contact me: http://caregivingreality.com/speaking/

2016 Event Schedule So Far

There are a lot of events in the planning and nearly scheduled stage, but here are the events that currently have a firm date:
  • April 28th, 2016. Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM. Alzheimer’s Association Spring Caregiving Conference, Oneonta, NY. [Address to be announced] Detail page for this event here.
  • May 14th, 2016. Time: 1-3PM. George F Johnson Library 1001 Park St, Endicott, NY 13760 (607) 757-2415. Detail page for this event here.
  • May 19th, 2016. Time: 6:30-8:00PM Guernsey Memorial Library, 3 Court St, Norwich, NY 13815 (607) 334-4034. Detail page for this event here.
  • May 21st, 2016. Time: 1-3PM. Ross Library, 232 W Main St, Lock Haven, PA 17745. Detail page for this even here.
If you live near any of those areas please consider spreading the word to anyone you know who might benefit. It's not just those facing Alzheimer's who could use some caregiving encouragement!

A Song for The Struggling

Every newsletter I try to share something interesting or educational related to caregiving that is being done by someone other than myself. This month it is something a little different because the song I am going to share was not written specifically for Alzheimer's, or caregiving. But if you listen I think you will hear how it applies to all of us who have walked that hard road. The song is "How Emptiness Sings" by Christa Wells: https://youtu.be/I2jslnN7h94

I hope you enjoy!

Thanks for reading.
Copyright © 2016 Rundy Purdy / CaregivingReality.com, All rights reserved.


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