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      Halli’s Comments

      The Beginning Of Another                                                                             are an optimist your dreams are still viable. If you are the
                                                                                                           eternal pessimist, you either give up that particular dream
      New Year                                                                                             or perhaps still hope it will come to fruition.
                                                                                                              Hopes and dreams do not always happen, but
      By Halli Moore                                                                                       sometimes there are breakthroughs; like the cure for polio
                                                                                                           and the vaccines, which we are experiencing this very
         Another year has                                                                                  moment; vaccines which are helping to cure people of a
      passed, which is                                                                                     myriad of diseases people no longer get and new diseases
      difficult to believe;                                                                                which hopefully will also be a thing of the past.
      it goes so quickly.                                                                                     A college professor told me I should consider writing
      Many had hopes and                                                                                   as a career but secretly my dream was to become a famous
      dreams for the New                                                                                   singer and dancer. My mom was a dance teacher and taught
      Year which hopefully                                                                                 me to stretch and move like a dancer from the time I was
      were either brought to                                                                               three years old. I also wrote poetry and turned some of
      fruition or stored away                                                                              it into song. Well writing for magazines and newspapers
      for another time. If you                                                                             when I graduated from Adelphi University made one of
                                                                                                           my dreams come true; but I’m honest enough to say that
      The Caregiver’s Balancing Act                                                                        writers are (to coin a phrase) a dime a dozen.
                                                                                                             It was fun writing for the Boca News, Our Town News,

                                                                                                           Boca, Delray Life Publications Magazine and Our Town
      Submitted by Stratford Court                          •  Nurture  your  marriage  and  your  important   News here in Florida and meeting some very interesting
                                                         relationships. Make time to enjoy the company of friends   people like Christine Lynn, The Countess de Hoernle, the
         If you’re caught in the middle between your responsibilities   and to preserve the romance in your marriage. That’s because   knowledgeable people at the Historical Society in Boca
      to your spouse and children and caring for your aging parents,   these vital connections will remain important even when you   who helped me when I needed information about bygone
      you’re a genuine member of the sandwich generation. You know   complete your responsibilities as a caregiver.   days here in Boca and anything to do with the wonderful
      the stress of never having quite enough time or energy to give      Give yourself a break. Eat well, stay rested, and exercise   people today who help make this city and have helped
      all members of your family the attention you feel they deserve.   regularly. Give yourself credit for doing the best possible   make it one of the most exceptional places to live on earth.
         Should you attend your daughter’s soccer game or take   job you can do, rather than focusing on things you haven’t      Hopefully the New Year will bring your dreams and
      your father to his doctor’s appointment? Should you go to a   accomplished. Know your limits and give yourself a break   desires to fruition to you and those you care about.
      movie with your spouse or visit your mom? These decisions   when you reach them. 
      are never easy to make.                                                                                 Halli Moore is a resident of The Palms. 
         There’s obviously no perfect answer to dilemmas like
      these—but there are steps you can take to make it easier for   Caregiving Update
      you to balance your family responsibilities:
         • Involve your spouse and your children. Share your      • More than 25% of adults have provided for a
      feelings with them about how important it is for you to   chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or
      care for your parents. Work with them to develop a weekly   friend during the past year.
      schedule and do your best to adhere to it. Ask for their advice      • Caregiving is no longer just a women’s issue. Men
      and support when making decisions that could affect them.  now make up 44 % of caregivers.
         • Understand your parents’ true needs. Learn all you      • The value of the services family caregivers provide
      can about your parents’ condition and how you can best   is estimated at $196 billion a year.
      help them. Aim to provide the most appropriate care while      Source: National Family Caregivers Association
      respecting their independence.
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