Minimize your Stress Level this Holiday Season

 

 

Minimize Stress during the upcoming Holiday Season!

What  you and your caregivers can do to minimize this stress and have at least a chance at enjoying the holidays?

  1. Put first things first. If you’ve always felt depressed during the holidays, caregiving won’t make things easier. If you get depressed from the lack of sunlight in the winter months, see your doctor. There are therapies that can help this syndrome, which is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). If you don’t have a problem with the sunlight, but still suffer seasonal depression, talking with a counselor to learn to cope with this depression is often a good idea.
  2. If you have always enjoyed the holidays, but now find them overwhelming because of too many demands on your time, you will need to learn to simplify the season. Yes, that will mean disappointing a few people, perhaps elders and children alike, but simplification is often the only choice you have, if you are to remain somewhat sane.
  3. Learn to detach from the negative feedback you may get from others because of changes you are making. Detaching simply means that you recognize the other person’s feelings, but you will not allow yourself to react or be controlled by their feelings without considering your own needs, as well. You set boundaries by telling others what you can and can’t do. You look at the situation with open eyes, perhaps get some feedback from people you think can help you, and then make your own decisions. Acknowledging your loved ones’ views, and telling them you love them, but simply can’t do it all, generally helps. If your mom says, “But we’ve always done it that way,” you say, “Yes, we have, but now our holiday has to change a little, since our lives have changed.” If your kids lay on the guilt because you can’t bake every kind of cookie they want, let them know that you want to please them, but that your time is limited now, so they can help you by being flexible. If you offer to let them help you, they may feel part of the decision, rather than brushed off. The main idea is that you don’t react to their negativity. Generally, when you stop reacting, other people will calm down.
  4. Use music as a soothing tool for all. If you have elders in nursing homes, bring them a CD player and CDs so they can play old songs they enjoy. Around the house, play Christmas tunes your kids like, but don’t forget your own needs. If you have some favorite holiday tunes on CDs, play those too. However, if you get a sick feeling every time you enter a mall because the Holiday music reminds you of all you have to do, then play other types of music at home. Do consider music of some kind. Classical music can be very therapeutic, religious music helps many, and old rock and roll or country songs may give you a boost.
  5. Soothing light can help most people relax. Obviously, candles aren’t allowed in nursing homes and likely aren’t a good idea for elders or kids. But there are many softly lit holiday decorations you can safely use, or get some indirect lamps for atmosphere. Soft lights, combined with good music, can help calm nearly anyone, including a caregiver. Try it while you bake treats, decorate your home or the elders’ homes, or do other holiday duties.
  6. Meditation can be as simple as getting up early or going to bed late. The idea is to have some quiet time for yourself. Some people like guided meditation, where music or soothing words on CD or DVD help them relax in a progressive manner. Other people prefer going outside, maybe to a park or sitting near water, if possible, to enjoy natural calm. Some folks concentrate on their breathing pattern while they repeat one soothing word. This helps them calm their overactive brain. There’s no right or wrong way to meditate, but numerous studies have shown mediation can have a healthy effect on mood, as well as physical wellbeing. Also, try to eat right and exercise. This is extra hard during the holiday season, but you can feel better if you treat your body right.
  7. Ask your spouse, a friend or relative to take over some of your duties for a time. It’s amazing how many of us think we have to do everything ourselves, even though others would help if we only asked them. When we don’t ask for help, people often don’t know we need help, or else they simply don’t know what to do.
  8. Take a trip down memory lane. Remember your parents when they were young and healthy. Remember your children when they were tiny. Remember the good times before these difficult times. When you do that, you’ll likely find a better balance in your life, because you’ll start to recognize that life is cyclical, and better times will come again.
  9. Allow yourself to feel the pain of your aging parents’ losses. As my elders aged and grew frail, I was deeply saddened by their physical and psychological pain. The holidays threw a spotlight on all the things they could no longer enjoy. This pain is real. Allow yourself to feel it. Write it down. Talk about it with other caregivers, a religious leader, or a good friend. Get it out. It’s natural, human and okay to feel the loss. If you feel bitter or angry, say so. Get it all out and don’t allow shame to enter into the equation. You have a right to all of your feelings.
  10. Let go of perfection. It’s likely that all of those holidays you remember as being so wonderful really weren’t that perfect. Every human being looks at events differently. Time skews our memories. Life wasn’t perfect thirty years ago, twenty years ago or ten years ago. It’s far from perfect now. Do your best with what you have. Take care of yourself along with the others, and your holidays will be as good as they can be. Let that be good enough.

-adapted from article written by Carol Bradley Bursack, Editor in chief, Elderlink

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For information about Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, support groups, wellness programs, education events, and local resources in northern Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Central Coast & Central Valley, contact us here or call 818-745-5051 to speak with Jan D. Somers, MSW, LCSW, BCD, Education Director, Parkinson & Movement Disorder Information Center, The NeuroCommunity Foundation.

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As we rely on donations to continue providing these services at no charge, if you would like to support our efforts, you can donate with ease and security at our website or mail us your gift. Please make sure and note our website as a bookmark in your computer. It is:  www.neurocommunity.org 

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A Thank You to all Caregivers November is Caregiver Awareness Month

 

National Family Caregiver Awareness Month 

November is National Family Caregiver Awareness Month  because most care actually takes place in the home, not in medical or assisted living facilities.

National Family Caregiver Awareness Month is recognized as a time to spotlight family caregivers. The NeuroCommunity Foundation invites caregivers/care partners to share their stories and in the process let others know that they are not alone on their journey. We also welcome and encourage “tribute messages” to honor a special caregiver or care partner in your life and let them know they are appreciated. Please write your message in the “Speak your Mind” box at the end of this article.

The National Alliance for Caregiving is a a non-profit coalition of over 50 national organizations focused on family caregiving – working together for a healthier America. Caregiving touches almost every family and in very different ways – different health conditions; different situations; even different cultures. Understanding the family caregiver and what they need to be successful is why the Alliance has been serving America’s nearly 66 million family caregivers since 1996.

Who can be a caregiver? A caregiver or care partner can be a son, a wife, a granddaughter, a nephew, a grandfather, a friend, a neighbor, or even an entire family.

How can you give recognition to a caregiver for National Family Caregiver Awareness Month?

  • Offer a few hours of respite time so they can spend time with friends, or simply relax.
  • Send a card of appreciation or a bouquet of flowers to brighten their day.
  • Encourage local businesses to offer a free service for family caregivers in November.
  • Help a family caregiver decorate their home for the holidays or offer to address envelopes for their holiday cards.
  • Offer comic relief! Give a family caregiver your favorite funny movie to view, or provide them with a book on tape.
  • Invite them to Thanksgiving dinner so they can just relax and enjoy the holiday.
  • Encourage your faith community to ask for prayers not only for those who are ill, but also those who care for them.
  • Help a family caregiver find new educational materials and support through local community web sites or by calling local social service agencies for help.

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is here for you:

For information about Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, support groups, wellness programs, education events, and local resources in northern Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Central Coast & Central Valley, contact us here or call 818-745-5051 to speak with Jan D. Somers, MSW, LCSW, BCD, Education Director, Parkinson & Movement Disorder Information Center, The NeuroCommunity Foundation.

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is a non-profit foundation. We provide support groups, educational conferences, resources, research updates/ clinical trials information and PD events in the SFV/Ventura/Central Coast/ Inland Empire.

 As we rely on donations to continue providing these services at no charge, if you would like to support our efforts, you can donate with ease and security at our website or mail us your gift. Please make sure and note our website as a bookmark in your computer. It is:  www.neurocommunity.org   

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donors may deduct contributions to the foundation as provided in section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. 

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How to try and be an Optimistic caregiver

8 WAYS to be a more optimistic caregiver:

From: http://www.caregiverstress.com

Some  ideas about how to feel more optimistic and resilient as  a caregiver:

  1. Look for the Good

Author Catherine Pulsifer said, “To find optimism, look for the good things in life.” This advice may be easier said than done, however it’s important to help keep the negative thoughts at bay. Try making a list each day of things that are good in your life. Some caregivers shared that they were grateful for the little things like a cool breeze, a nap, or sunshine. When problems loom large, look for the small bright spots in your life.

  1. Speak kindly – to yourself

“Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to anyone else,” recommends a mayoclinic.org article on positive thinking. Turning off the negative dialogue in your head can be a powerful tool to harness optimism. The first step is recognizing negative thoughts and reframing them in your mind. For example, instead of thinking, “This will never work,” you might say to yourself, “I’ll try again a different way.” Positive thinking takes practice, and with time you’ll notice fewer critical or negative thoughts popping into your mind.

  1. Lean on positive people

Surrounding yourself with positive friends and family is helpful when trying to stay upbeat yourself. Phyllis, a family caregiver, said that she is grateful for “the helpful people I have met on my journey. Their kindness is inspirational.” Seeing the positivity in others and involving them in your life can be powerful. “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with,” said the late Jim Rohn, entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. Choose to spend time with those that give you energy and positivity, not people that take it from you. If getting together in person is not possible, connect online or join a supportive online community such as the Caregiver Stress Relief community

  1. Find happiness through health

A healthy diet and exercise can go a long way to improve mood and maintain positivity in your life. Exercise can reduce stress, increase energy, and foster good sleep habits. Can’t find 30 minutes a day to exercise? Break it up into three 10-minute chunks. With today’s technology, you can find activities to get you moving online or even “On Demand” workouts

through your cable TV provider. Eating well can also impact wellbeing. Maintaining a healthy diet is a priority for Cindy, a family caregiver. “It’s probably one of the most important things to do to keep my mind sharp,” she said.

  1. Remember you are doing your best

Alzheimer’s expert Karen Garner tells caregivers on her blog to remember “…you know you did the best you could at that particular moment.” Karen was a caregiver to her husband before he passed, and said “I was entrenched in the battle of caregiving that leaves little room for luxuries like taking the time to write and read and sit quietly to reflect on all that is happening.” She reminds caregivers that they showed up when it mattered the most and were present. “At times, you may have lost your patience, but that doesn’t detract from all the other positives you have done,” she said.

  1. Laugh to lighten your load

Not only does laughter make you feel good, its positive effects stay with you long after the chuckling subsides. Research shows that laughter lowers stress hormones, relaxes muscles, improves mood, and eases anxiety. According to HelpGuide.org, “Humor helps you keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations, disappointments, and loss.” Some caregivers not only find laugher for themselves, they share it with others. Linda says that she is always grateful for “another day filled with laughter with my loved one.”

  1. Keep it simple

Sometimes, doing only what needs to be done – dishes, laundry, meals – can make the days less daunting. Don’t set unrealistic goals for yourself. Family caregiver Angela describes how she lets it go “if in fact my sofa wins the day” and she doesn’t meet her own expectations. To keep it simple, she tries to pick one thing to accomplish and focuses on that

  1. Take time for yourself

Whether it’s a quick walk around the block or meeting a friend for lunch, taking a break from caregiving duties is important for your health and wellbeing. If you’re able to take time off, it will be good for both you and your loved one. Gail is a caregiver to her father and said she is grateful for “…the care companions who do so much more than just give me some respite time. They engage Dad in a way that helps him be alert and happy.” Look to a family member, friend, or professional caregiver to give you a few hours to yourself so you can recharge and maintain an optimistic outlook.

Caregiving can be rewarding, but no caregiver breezes through the journey without feeling some degree of negativity and hopelessness creeping in. By following tips to stay positive, you may be able to transition your outlook to one of optimism and gratitude for even the smallest positive things in life.

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is here for you:

For information about Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, support groups, wellness programs, education events, and local resources in northern Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Central Coast & Central Valley, contact us here or call 818-745-5051 to speak with Jan D. Somers, MSW, LCSW, BCD, Education Director, Parkinson & Movement Disorder Information Center, The NeuroCommunity Foundation.

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is a non-profit foundation. We provide support groups, educational conferences, resources, research updates/ clinical trials information and PD events in the SFV/Ventura/Central Coast/ Inland Empire.

 As we rely on donations to continue providing these services at no charge, if you would like to support our efforts, you can donate with ease and security at our website or mail us your gift. Please make sure and note our website as a bookmark in your computer. It is:  www.neurocommunity.org 

 The NeuroCommunity Foundation is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donors may deduct contributions to the foundation as provided in section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

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New Approach to challenging family members

Have a challenging Family member?? 

As a caregiver, remember the wise words of Albert Einstein

If your family member is challenging you and being stubborn, try a NEW approach.

SUCH AS:

— If they are not eating—   try making finger foods instead of a traditional meal with utensils…

–If a loved one refuses to bathe,  let an hour or two pass, then offer them an exchange.  If you take a shower, we’ll go out and get an ice cream cone.

–If you need a time out for yourself, arrange for your loved one to go to a senior center for day.   You might use a “geriatric fiblet”. Such as: Tell your loved one that you need to run errands, go to doctor for you annual physical exam, do some banking and go to the grocery store. It will mean getting in and out of the car at least 6 times. This is probably more times than your loved one would like to do.

The term “geriatric fiblet” was coined at the 2000 World Alzheimer’s Congress as “necessary white lies to redirect loved ones or discourage them from detrimental behavior.”

Fiblets are also used when you need some “time away from being a caregiver”.

-Give your family member a task to do on their own: such as folding clothes/towels, sorting papers, finding lids to empty containers, making a collage for your cousin, filing recipes, counting cards to see if there is a full deck, etc. Makes a person feel useful and independent.

— Set your cell phone alarm to go off every few hours.  Take a few minutes to make a call to a friend, set up a social event, go to the restroom, etc. Deep breaths will help too!

Remember- it does take a village.  Ask for help and support!

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is here for you:

 For information about Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, support groups, wellness programs, education events, and local resources in northern Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Central Coast & Central Valley, contact us here or call 818-745-5051 to speak with Jan D. Somers, MSW, LCSW, BCD, Education Director, Parkinson & Movement Disorder Information Center, The NeuroCommunity Foundation.

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is a non-profit foundation. We provide support groups, educational conferences, resources, research updates/ clinical trials information and PD events in the SFV/Ventura/Central Coast/ Inland Empire.

 As we rely on donations to continue providing these services at no charge, if you would like to support our efforts, you can donate with ease and security at our website or mail us your gift. Please make sure and note our website as a bookmark in your computer. It is:  www.neurocommunity.org 

 The NeuroCommunity Foundation is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donors may deduct contributions to the foundation as provided in section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

 Mailing Address: 

The NeuroCommunity Foundation

   23705 Vanowen St. # 216

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Do you need a break from Care-giving?

Image result for image of reliefDo you need a break from Care-giving??

Caregivers face many conflicts…balancing work, family life, and personal time (and their own health and well-being) with care-giving. It isn’t unusual for caregivers to cancel summer vacation plans due to care-giving duties or worries over what will happen if they’re gone.

There is one great solution for the caregiver vacation dilemma…respite care! But, many caregivers don’t know where to find respite care, how it works or how to make it work smoothly for a worry-free (relatively, at least) vacation.

What is respite care?

Very simply, respite care is substitute care provided to give primary caregivers a break (or respite). This can be provided in a variety of ways–at a care facility, at home or at an adult day care center–on a regular basis as a routine break or for specified periods of time. When the term respite care is used it usually refers to professional caregivers, but of course family and friends can also help provide respite care. Some support groups also arrange free respite care so that you are able to attend and facilities or services may provide temporary respite such as a “caregiver’s day out”.

Who offers respite care and how much will it cost?*

Home care companies**: estimated: $20-26/hour depending on location, needs and services.Best for: Those who wish to stay in the comfort of home, clients with Alzheimer’s/dementia (routine/familiarity), clients with visual impairment (familiar/properly arranged environment).

 Assisted Living or Nursing Facilities: $100+/day ranging through $400+ for nursing care. Best for: Cost-effective option for several days/weeks or more; typically includes meals, activities and a number of services; a good option as a trial for how a care facility may work out long-term. Each organization has their own regulations so it’s good to call/meet in advance. This usually takes some planning.

Adult Day Care Facilities (day programs may be provided by your county, specific organizations, private adult day care centers or within a care facility): $60-100/day (with subsidies available)Best for: Daytime respite for short breaks or when family/other caregivers can cover the evenings

PROFESSIONAL HELP FOR YOU:

Geriatric Care Managers:  Contact the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers @ www.aginglifecare.com  to find an LCSW that can oversee the entire process, visit your loved one as often as you what, attend doctors appointments etc, while you are taking a break .

Will I really be able to take a vacation and have any peace of mind?

Admittedly, this can be difficult and requires some mental (and literal) preparation. If you can do a test run, that helps a lot. You should also download our respite care checklist to set yourself up for success. Go to www.theeasyliving.com/ respite care- checklist to download.

If you are feeling guilty or too stressed to enjoy yourself, consider talking to someone (support group, counselor, minister, friend) about your feelings. The reality is that everything may not go perfectly, but it works out fine 90% of the time…99% of the time when you’ve tested it out and done some key preparation. A break can help you to be a better caregiver, so don’t think of this as something just for you.

Tip: Caregivers should almost always purchase travel insurance. That way if anything comes up and you do not feel like you can go on your trip, you will not lose the money (check terms and conditions). Your credit card may offer insurance on purchases and specific entities (airlines and tour companies) offer it as well as trip insurance companies. For more extensive travel (trips with multiple destinations or overseas) one of the benefits of a good travel agent is personalized assistance if you need to make changes or encounter problems.

 

 

 

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‘It’s going to take me ten hours to read your care instructions and your insurance only covers an hour of care.’

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is here for you:

For information about Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, support groups, wellness programs, education events, and local resources in northern Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Central Coast & Central Valley, contact us here or call 818-745-5051 to speak with Jan D. Somers, Education Director, Parkinson & Movement Disorder Information Center, The NeuroCommunity Foundation.

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is a non-profit foundation. We provide support groups, educational conferences, resources, research updates/ clinical trials information and PD events in the SFV/Ventura/Central Coast/ Inland Empire.

As we rely on donations to continue providing these services at no charge, if you would like to support our efforts, you can donate with ease and security at our website or mail us your gift. Please make sure and note our website as a bookmark in your computer. It is:  www.neurocommunity.org 

 The NeuroCommunity Foundation is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donors may deduct contributions to the foundation as provided in section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regaining your self, hope and optimism

Tips for Regaining Your Energy, Optimism, and Hope

FROM: www.helpguide.org

The demands of care-giving can be overwhelming, especially if you feel you have little control over the situation or you’re in over your head. If the stress of care-giving is left unchecked, it can take a toll on your health, relationships, and state of mind—eventually leading to burnout.

When you’re burned out, it’s tough to do anything, let alone look after someone else. That’s why taking care of yourself isn’t a luxury—it’s a necessity. Read on for tips on how to rein in the stress in your life and regain balance, joy, and hope.

What do you need to know?

Caring for a loved one can be very rewarding, but it also involves many stressors. Caregiver stress can be particularly damaging, since it is typically a chronic, long-term challenge. You may face years or even decades of care-giving responsibilities. It can be particularly disheartening when there’s no hope that your family member will get better.

If you don’t get the physical and emotional support your need, the stress of care-giving leaves you vulnerable to a wide range of problems, including depression, anxiety, and burnout. And when you get to that point, both you and the person you’re caring for suffer. That’s why managing the stress levels in your life is just as important as making sure your family member gets to his doctor’s appointment or takes her medication on time.

Signs and symptoms of caregiver stress and burnout

Learning to recognize the signs of caregiver stress and burnout is the first step to dealing with the problem.

Common signs and symptoms of caregiver stress

  • Anxiety, depression, irritability
  • Feeling tired and run down
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Overreacting to minor nuisances
  • New or worsening health problems
  • Feeling increasingly resentful
  • Drinking, smoking, or eating more
  • Neglecting responsibilities
  • Cutting back on leisure activities
  • Trouble concentrating

Common signs and symptoms of caregiver burnout

  • You have much less energy than you once had
  • It seems like you catch every cold or flu that’s going around
  • You’re constantly exhausted, even after sleeping or taking a break
  • You neglect your own needs, either because you’re too busy or you don’t care anymore
  • Your life revolves around care-giving, but it gives you little satisfaction
  • You have trouble relaxing, even when help is available
  • You’re increasingly impatient and irritable with the person you’re caring for
  • You feel helpless and hopeless

Once you burn out, care-giving is no longer a healthy option for either you or the person you’re caring for. So it’s important to watch for the warning signs of caregiver burnout and take action right away when you recognize the problem.

Don’t let care-giving take over your whole life. It’s easier to accept a difficult situation when there are other areas of your life that are rewarding. Invest in things that give you meaning and purpose—whether it’s your family, church, a favorite hobby, or your career. Read on for some additional tips to lighten the load:

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Laughter is essential at least for a few minutes

Find your sense of humor again! 
It’s very hard finding any humor in our life, when being a caregiver zaps all of our energy.  But you must and you definitely can.

You really can find humor in any situation, but you have to allow yourself to see the funny side of it. We all need to laugh. It’s healing and it helps you to feel good even when everything else doesn’t feel so great.

Here are some ideas:

  1. Buy a joke book and put it in the bathroom as reading material!
  2. Watch one TV program a day that is purely humor.
  3. Ask yourself: Do you ever get that feeling that your guardian angel went out for a smoke and did not come back?
  4. If you can’t take the high road then just stop and eat something.
  5. Watch a cat video doing something stupid.
  6. Take time to read the comics in the daily paper.
  7. Watch reruns of The Big Bang Theory.
  8. Do something totally unexpected.
  9. Eat dessert for dinner.
  10. Take the person you are caring for out to try on hats and wigs.
  11. Find the nearest gag/joke store and start shopping! Remember to buy that whoopee cushion !

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is here for you:

For information about Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, support groups, wellness programs, education events, and local resources in northern Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Central Coast & Central Valley, contact us here or call 818-745-5051 to speak with Jan D. Somers, Education Director, Parkinson & Movement Disorder Information Center, The NeuroCommunity Foundation.

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is a non-profit foundation. We provide support groups, educational conferences, resources, research updates/ clinical trials information and PD events in the SFV/Ventura/Central Coast/ Inland Empire.

 As we rely on donations to continue providing these services at no charge, if you would like to support our efforts, you can donate with ease and security at our website or mail us your gift. Please make sure and note our website as a bookmark in your computer. It is:  www.neurocommunity.org 

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donors may deduct contributions to the foundation as provided in section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Caregivers and Self Employment tax information

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Important Tax info for Family Caregivers

Special rules apply to workers who perform in-home services for elderly or disabled individuals (caregivers). Caregivers are typically employees of the individuals for whom they provide services because they work in the homes of the elderly or disabled individuals and these individuals have the right to tell the caregivers what needs to be done. These services may or may not be provided by a family member. If the caregiver employee is a family member, the employer may not owe employment taxes even though the employer needs to report the caregiver’s compensation on a Form W-2. See Publication 926, Household Employer’s Tax Guide for more information. However, in some cases the caregivers are not employees. In such cases, the caregiver must still report the compensation as income of his or her Form 1040, and may be required to pay self-employment tax depending on the facts and circumstances.

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What caregivers can do to decrease the strain on their relationships

Caregiving: Dealing with the strain on your marriage

Caregiving and marital strain often go hand in hand. Know the impact caregiving can have on your marriage and what you can do about it.

By Mayo Clinic Staff – January 2017

Marriage isn’t always easy. This can be especially true for those acting as a caregiver for a parent, in-law or other loved one with Alzheimer’s. Understand how caregiving might affect your marriage and what steps you can take to protect your relationship.

Source of marital strain

Taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s can be consuming and stressful and that stress can affect your marriage. Caregiving can affect your relationship with your spouse by:

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All you need to do is enroll online at www.ralphs.com OR by calling Ralphs at
800-443-4438 after September 1, 2016.

If you happened to enroll prior to Sept 1st, Ralphs requires you to register again.

For your convenience, step-by-step website registration instructions are found below or can be found at www.ralphs.com, click on Community, click on Community Contributions, click on ‘Enroll Now’. If you don’t have computer access, please call us at 1-800-443-4438 for assistance.

Use you Ralph’s Rewards Card to Contribute Here’s How:

If you do not have a Ralph’s online account
1. Go to www.ralphs.com/account/create
2. Follow the easy steps to create an online account
3. You will be instructed to go to your email inbox to confirm your account
4. After you confirm your online account by clicking on the link in your email, return to
www.ralphs.com and click on ‘Sign In’, enter your email address and password.
5. View all your information and edit as necessary
6. Link your card to your organization by clicking on:
a. Community Rewards – Enroll
b. Type our NPO number 82287 or Neurocommunity.org
c. Remember to click on the circle to the left of your organizations’ name
d. Click on Enroll to finish your enrollment process

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED YOUR REWARDS CARD ON-LINE
(This means that you have already entered your email address and assigned yourself a password)

1. Log in to www.ralphs.com
2. Click Sign In
3. Enter your email address and password
4. Click on ‘Your Name’ (In the top right hand corner)
5. View all your information and edit as necessary
6. Link your card to your organization by clicking on:
a. Community Rewards – Re-Enroll
b. Type your NPO number or Name of your Organization
c. Remember to click on the circle to the left of your organizations’ name
d. Click on Enroll to finish your enrollment process