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Caregivers and agencies work together for strong bond

Thank You, caregivers! Last evening, Hastings caregivers met with the 11 Hastings agencies that are here to support them and together we imagined how we might create an even stronger community of support. The conversation was informative to caregivers and service providers alike. Special thanks to Oak Ridge Assisted Living for providing a lovely dinner. Stay tuned to future editions of the Caregiver Corner to learn more about what we discussed last evening.

Caregiver information you might find helpful

Caregiver Mondays tip No. 4: Mend your mood with music. When caregiving gets you down, lift your mood with music. Listening to happy, upbeat tunes tends to make you more cheerful than when you listen to slow, sad music. Your emotional state plays a big role in how you perceive the world, so your favorite songs may actually help you have a more positive day.

Caregiver Mondays is an initiative of The Monday Campaigns, a nonprofit organization in association with Johns Hopkins, Columbia, and Syracuse universities.

Memory loss group meets

The Memory Loss Support Group meets the third Tuesday of each month from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 the private dining room at Regina Medical Center. Contact Kim Schrader at 651-480-6812 for more information.

Vision loss group meets

The Vision Loss Support Group meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the activities kitchen at Regina Medical Center. Contact Kim Schrader at 651-480-6812 for more information.

If you would like information about advance care directives or help completing one with your loved one, contact Rev. Peter Morlock, advanced care planning chaplain at Regina Medical Center. He can be reached by calling 651-480-4587.


Here are one caregiver's reflections on caring for older loved ones:

Show and tell

When illness strikes, mobility declines, and senses fail, the world can become rather small. When I go to see my parents, I try to take with me something that widens the perspective.

• Candy to put in the candy dish for visitors.

• The winter devotional from my church.

• The local newspaper from my parents' old neighborhood.

• A picture of how I rearranged the furniture at my house.

• A question about a recipe.

Coming up with something to bring isn't always easy. It reminds me of the days in elementary school when it was my turn to share something with the class during social studies time. I remember scouring the newspaper the night before for a "current event" that I could understand and seemed interesting, carefully cutting out the article so the headline and date remained attached, and holding it up under my chin as I stood in front of the class to talk. Fortunately, my present audience is much more appreciative than my fellow fourth graders were, as I recall.

Editor's note: Beth's complete online journal can be found at:

For a resource guide for service providers who can help in your caregiver journey, please stop by the Hastings Senior Center in the Tilden Community Center, or go online to:

If you would like to submit a question or concern about your own caregiving experience, and get direct, one-to-one information and advice from a licensed social worker and eldercare advisor, please visit: or call 651-455-1560.

This section of the Star Gazette is a resource for family and friends helping an older adult. We hope you find this section useful, and if you have any comments or suggestions, we would love to hear them. Please contact Colleen Fritsch at DARTS, 651-234-2222.