Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham Discusses Importance of Women Caregivers at the Blogalicious Tech Summit


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AARP Blogger Kitchen Cabinet #CareSupport campaign

During the Blogalicious Tech Summit that was held on April 18, 2013, at the Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center in Washington, D.C., Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico discussed the importance of making sure women caregivers have the resources they need to provide the best care possible to their loved ones. Congresswoman Grisham personalized her comments when she shared several stories about serving as her mother’s primary caregiver. Her stories reminded me of how important it is to provide women caregivers with online resources and tools they can use to support their self-care and loved ones.

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, (D-NM) at Blogalicious Tech Summit held on 4/18/13 at the Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, (D-NM) at Blogalicious Tech Summit held on 4/18/13 at the Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center

If you are a caregiver or have family members, friends, or colleagues who serves as caregivers, please encourage them to visit AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center. The web site has great articles and tips that caregivers can use to support their wellness journey as they care for their loved ones. See several links below.

FYI – You can now access AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center on your iPad!

AARP is a nonprofit organization that helps people who are 50 and over turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities, and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security,  and retirement planning.

Photo Credit: AARP.org

Photo Credit: AARP.org

Disclaimer: This blog post was written in support of Digital Sisterhood Network’s Leadership, Lifestyle and Living Well initiative and participation in AARP’s #CareSupport Campaign.

AARP #CareSupport Campaign — Holiday Gift Suggestions for Women Caregivers Who Give So Much


Happy Holidays 2012!

Happy Holidays 2012!

Happy Holidays All!

The holiday season is a great time to honor caregivers who give so much of their energy and time to loved ones who are unable to care for themselves throughout the year. As a part of the Digital Sisterhood Network’s participation in the AARP Blogger Kitchen Cabinet #CareSupport Campaign, I have included a list of holiday gift suggestions for women caregivers. Enjoy!

AARP #Caresupport Campaign

AARP #Caresupport Campaign

Gift Suggestions for Women Caregivers:

1) Call or visit her and just listen to what she says. Listening is a true gift.

2) Volunteer to do something that can help her life run smoothly during the holiday season.

3) Cook her a healthy meal and sit and eat with her.

4) Make a collage card that expresses positive thoughts and phrases that describe her personality.

Collage card

Collage card

5) Take a digital photo that reflects a peaceful and calming experience. Print and frame it as a gift (CVS, Duane Reed, JC Penney, Kmart, Kohls, Walgreens, or Target have great frames).

Digital Photo of Summer Flowers

Digital Photo of Summer Flowers

6) Create a tea sanctuary in her home that allows her to sip tea and chill out!

Tea Moment

Tea Moment

7) Create a book of inspiring quotes (you can find sketch books or blank books at CVS, Barnes & Noble, Target, Utrecht, or an art supplies store)

Inspiring Quote Book

Inspiring Quote Book

8) Write a thank you letter or poem on a peaceful and calming piece of stationary or a lovely card.

9) Purchase a gift card for coffee, tea, and a snack; a journal; and/or a magazine she would like to read. Help her schedule some “me” time so she can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while writing in her journal or reading a magazine.

"Me" time at a tea cafe -- reading a magazine and writing in a journal

“Me” time at a tea cafe — reading a magazine and writing in a journal

10) Purchase a piece of jewelry that is created by a woman. Visit MaidenNation.com for more details.

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11) Buy a spa package that allows her to relax and get a manicure, pedicure, and massage.

Spa Day

Spa Day

 

NOTE: This blog is a sponsored post that supports AARP’s #CareSupport Campaign.