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Hope for Living, Loving, and Caring with No Regrets! A Season of Caring Podcast is a place to find hope for your caring season. I want you to know that I see you and I know what you are doing is not only difficult, and often overwhelming but it's also important and one of the most rewarding things you can do. I feature both everyday family members who are caregiver survivors and those who are still in the middle of their caring season.  I also bring you professionals who bring their experience and compassion for you and your parent to our conversations. My goal is for you to walk away from our time together feeling encouraged and hopeful that you can spend this season living, loving, and caring with no regrets!

A Season of Caring Podcast Rayna Neises

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Hope for Living, Loving, and Caring with No Regrets! A Season of Caring Podcast is a place to find hope for your caring season. I want you to know that I see you and I know what you are doing is not only difficult, and often overwhelming but it's also important and one of the most rewarding things you can do. I feature both everyday family members who are caregiver survivors and those who are still in the middle of their caring season.  I also bring you professionals who bring their experience and compassion for you and your parent to our conversations. My goal is for you to walk away from our time together feeling encouraged and hopeful that you can spend this season living, loving, and caring with no regrets!

    #5 Encore Episode- Alzheimer's Daughter, You Are Not Alone

    #5 Encore Episode- Alzheimer's Daughter, You Are Not Alone

    This week, we have Encore Episode #5 where Rayna Neises, your host, talks with Lauren Dykovitz.  Lauren is a writer, author, wife, and dog mom.  She became a family caregiver when her mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in July 2010 when Lauren was only 25.  Lauren started the Life, Love, and Alzheimer’s blog and social media pages to document her journey and share her experiences.  She has written two books, and last year started offering online mentoring services for Alzheimer’s daughters.  Lauren has made it her mission to help others on their caregiving journey and shares the following.  
    The journey can be difficult, isolating, and hard to accept.Memory issues are not the only symptom of Alzheimer’s. Other things like having problems doing things they have always done, becoming withdrawn and less talkative, and vision problems can be signs too.The diagnosis can feel like death because the relationship you knew or hoped for will never look that way.Put the focus on your loved one and try to make them happy and bring joyful moments into their life.Be mindful and live in the moment.Connecting over the shared bond is powerful. The more you share your story and talk about it, the more you realize you are not alone.To connect with Lauren, you can find her on social media and at her website at https://lifeloveandalzheimers.com/. You can find her books on Amazon.

    • 22 min
    Processing the Grief of Caregiving

    Processing the Grief of Caregiving

    Rayna Neises, your host, interviews Kari Bartkus. After seeing too many people go through hardship alone, Kari was determined to show up and be present with those around her who were hurting. She started the organization Love Does That where she serves as a spiritual director to hurting women. Kari uses a modern-day letter-writing approach for those drawn to quiet spaces and written words. She shares the following insights: 
    [3:00] Grief is any kind of loss that we are experiencing.[5:00] The person receiving care is grieving too and they might not be aware of that.[6:00] Processing is the act of slowing down and thinking about what is going on. [10:26] A warning sign that you are not processing the grief is when you quickly turn your attention somewhere else.[11:21] Grief will show up in your body.[13:43] An outside perspective can help identify changes that have happened.[17:23] Handling other people’s comments takes knowing where you are at and how you process.[20:02] If you do not know, try different things, and just pay attention to what helps you and what does not.[21:17] Grief changes over time.[22:19] Download a free grief journal at www.LoveDoesThat.org/griefjournal.

    • 23 min
    Caregiver Toolbox: Becoming a ‘Detective’ for Your Loved One

    Caregiver Toolbox: Becoming a ‘Detective’ for Your Loved One

    Rayna Neises, ACC, host, reflects on her interview last week with Angie Rischpater (Episode 143). Angie is a physical therapist and she shared how, as a caregiver, you can be an observer or a detective to help your loved one. Instead of swooping in and taking, you can just support. Rayna continues with the topic offering the following suggestions:
    [1:32] Deal with the problem and not the symptom by digging down and finding the root of the problem.[3:29] Steps to becoming a good observer:[3:45] Understand the difference between observing and looking[4:15] Be mindful of your surroundings and practice[5:21] Pay attention to the details[6:29] Refrain from judgment[7:18] Slow down[8:00] Let the person you are caring for do what they can do.[8:52] The learner (growth) vs. the judger (fixed) mindset.[11:45] Learning to stay in the learner mindset can change how we interact with our loved one and how we support them.[13:45] Check out Marilee Adams’ book, “Change Your Questions. Change Your Life” and visit inquiryinstitute.com for a free download of the Choice Map.[14:04] This episode has been brought to you by Content Magazine, a quarterly electronic magazine designed to help you find God in your caregiving season, coming in January 2023.

    • 14 min
    Shift Your Focus- Coach Rather Than Do

    Shift Your Focus- Coach Rather Than Do

    Rayna Neises, your host, speaks with Angie Rischpater. Angie is an occupational therapist with over 20 years of experience. She helps family caregivers by teaching both a preventative and restorative approach to care which allows the caregiver to live a life beyond caregiving. While still working part-time in acute care at a hospital, Angie also offers private and group caregiver coaching. In addition, she writes and is a webinar host for Caregiving.com. Angie shares her mission, to ensure that caregivers have the power to design their experience using a therapeutic perspective, and provides the following insights:  
    (6:53)  Don’t do everything for them. Instead, coach the person toward greater mobility, cognition, and independence.(10:00)  Think about how you can work towards a common goal with the person you are caring for.(13:08)  Figure out which deficit area is impacting you most.(16:00)  Eliminate the barrier areas.(17:06)  Become more of a coach than a caregiver.(21:00)  Falls are almost always avoidable.(25:00)  Investing upfront to get your time back in the end.  (26:08)  Make every activity that you can into a therapeutic event.(27:47)  Find Angie on Facebook at Caregiver By Design (https://www.facebook.com/caregiverbydesign/), on TikTok, and on her podcast (Caregiver by Design) where ever you get your podcasts.Thank you for what you do!

    • 29 min
    Caregiver Toolbox: Identity and Self-compassion

    Caregiver Toolbox: Identity and Self-compassion

    Rayna Neises, ACC, host, reflects on caregiver identity and self-compassion from her interview last week with Charlotte Bayala (Episode 141). Rayna continues with those topics offering the following information:
    [1:40]  Putting on a caregiver identity can take some time.[3:00]  The caregiving season can surprise many people with how it impacts your identity.[4:00]  Caregiver is just another hat.[5:00]  Extending grace to yourself is something to work on.[6:00]  Ways to offer grace:[6:57]  Thinking about how you evaluate your mistakes or actions can help you have a picture of how to be a little kinder to yourself.[9:14]  Focusing on your behavior and not on who you are as a person can benefit you and make the situation better next time.[9:38]  Ask, “How would you treat a friend?”[13:29]  Your parents would not want you to give up everything.  [15:50] This episode is brought to you by the Encouragement Series. It starts November 8th – 18th and is a free series offering you hope, inspiration, and encouragement. Visit www.EncouragementSeries.com to be a part.

    • 16 min
    Caregivers Deserve to Love Their Life

    Caregivers Deserve to Love Their Life

    This week, Rayna Neises, your host, speaks with Charlotte Bayala. Charlotte used her training and experience as a yoga instructor and meditation teacher to enjoy her caregiving experience with her husband who had thyroid cancer. She is the creator of the Love Your Caregiving Life podcast and the Caregiving Confessions monthly digital magazine. Charlotte uses her skills and knowledge to help other caregivers find easier ways to love their lives again and to support them on their way to thriving instead of just surviving. She provides the following insights:  
    (9:00)  You have to just come to a place where you feel happy with the results(12:00)  It is important to go on the journey to figure out how to be you while loving, serving, and caring for your loved one.(13:00)  Once becoming a caregiver, you have to figure out who the new person is.(16:27)  Caregivers need something they can do every day for self-care. (20:50)  Caregivers do deserve to enjoy their lives, and the perfect time is right now.(21:43)  Self-care needs to be a requirement and not a gift or prize.(25:06)  Put resources and time into helping you and figuring out what you need(26:58)  Caregivers need a team of their own.(30:02)  Find Charlotte at www.LoveYourCaregivingLife.com.  (30:18)  This episode has been brought to you by the Encouragement Series starting November 8th. You will learn from some amazing women how to implement self-care in a different way. It is a free series available in bite-size pieces. Sign up today at www.EncouragementSeries.com.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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On the Other Side - TD ,

A Valuable & Much Needed Podcast

Rayna, Thank you for having me as a guest on your show! I enjoyed talking with you! I appreciate you helping to spread the word about the work that I do to support others with cancer. Your podcast is serving a great need by providing a lot of valuable information! You are a engaging host with a heart of gold!

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A caregiver’s essential resource!

If you are a caregiver, you will quickly discover that this podcast is a must. It’s a lifeline for every situation from setting your own boundaries, to understanding how Alzheimer’s presents, to practical tips on the daily challenges caregivers face.

Rayna offers a voice of compassion, experience, and expertise. Her guests are uniquely qualified to speak into various areas of eldercare. It all comes together to help us caregivers feel less isolated and more equipped. Highly recommend!

Niikki Burla ,

A MUST Listen!

Rayna hits the podcast trifecta…she’s a phenomenal host, brings in incredible guests, and covers great topics that are relevant to her listeners. I’d highly recommend!

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