With an estimated 40 million family caregivers in the U.S., employers are recognizing the value of those who are also members of the workforce. If you are working while caring for a loved one, AARP has resources including a video with tips for talking with your employer. (Copy the URL address into your computer search bar: https://learn.aarp.org/the-working-caregiver .
Be upfront with your employer regarding your caregiving responsibilities. If your company is small, talk with your boss, otherwise, your human resources manager who can tell you about policies and services such as caregivers’ support groups and respite care.
Make suggestions that accommodate your caregiving responsibilities yet are cost-effective for the company. Be creative. Explore options such as flextime, telecommuting, working from home one day a week, and utilizing allocated time off. And some employers are now offering paid leave for caregivers. You can also inquire whether you qualify for the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Many caregivers are caring for loved ones who are dealing with memory loss. According to the Alzheimer’s Association web site, Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia accounting for 60% to 80% of the dementia cases. Alzheimer’s progresses rapidly as compared with general dementia that develops slowly. People diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will live an average of eight years after their diagnosis, although some live as long as 20 years. Because the disease robs people of their ability to think and take care of themselves, they will need a lot of assistance which creates a challenging journey for family caregivers. One of the best resources for family caregivers is the Alzheimer’s Association web site which can be found at www.alz.org. This website is packed full of information to help people understand the disease, how it progresses, and risk factors for getting the disease. In addition, the web site features links to the Alzheimer’s navigator of connections to local support services, a virtual library, and information on locating a local chapter of the Association. A helpline is available 24/7 to provide assistance and answer questions. Call 1-800-272-3900 to reach the helpline.
Every two years priests of the Diocese of Phoenix gather together with their bishop and reflect on the important topics concerning the life of the Church. Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, who brought us the Do-It-Yourself Retreat, 33 Days to Morning Glory gave three conferences to us on the last day—and I am still harvesting fruitful reflection from his talks. I keep hearing him say those, "Go in to the Desert", which was a reference to how the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness for 40 days where he could be alone with His Father, gathering strength through His fast before beginning his public life.
I am drawn to those words anew, eager to implement the lessons and inspirations of those days. Since then, I have given more importance to observing exterior silence at home and office—not that I enjoy it for silence's sake but to be attentive to things that God may not want me to miss.READ MORE
Many of you know and enjoyed Fr. Dan’s sojourn through Holy Cross over the last several months. Before he entered the seminary he was actually one of our parishioners and helped out our youth program while working as an RN. I am grateful to my brother priest for the generous support he gave us over the past year. We wish him all the best and please remember to offer prayers of supplication on his behalf as he gets settled in his new assignment as Parochial Vicar at San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church and the Northern Arizona University associate chaplain, both in Flagstaff.
Traveling the caregiving journey can be a very lonely experience. As caregivers realize that caregiving can require a huge amount of time, they often put their own lives on hold to have more time to take care of their loved ones. As a result, caregivers experience a variety of emotions ranging from anger to frustration to regret to guilt and sadness. Many caregivers have discovered that very few people are able to understand what they are going through.READ MORE
Some have said that photography is for those who can't create art for themselves. And while there is some truth to that, photography has multiple variables that require just as much attention to detail and patience as any artist: iso levels, shutter speed, aperture settings, white balance, composition, ambient lighting, attractive subject, focus stacking, rule of thirds, bokeh, etc…
But if you want to see real talent, take a look at one of our parishioners rendering of Holy Cross' first pastor, Fr. Bill Mitchell—and it's true to form. Now that's real talent! If you ever get a chance to meet our fellow parishioner, Joe Sell, over coffee and donuts, just ask him, "How did you do that?" I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with his answer.READ MORE
Do you remember Pixar's heart-warming movie Up? The tender love between Ellie and Carl always shined through life's disappointments. Recall that they weren't able to have children of their own, and so they planned a dream trip they shared since childhood: The Spirit of Adventure trip to Venezuela. They save their pocket change but as their married life ran its course, what savings they earned they later had to spend on life's necessities. We certainly can relate to this story. In our own homes, things break down and wear out. The experience within our own Parish Family is no different.
My maintenance personnel and staff have kept me up to date with several needs that could adversely upset the parish budget over next year as these were not anticipated in our annual budget nor is this another campaign. A few things have just broken down. With that in mind, I am designating the 2nd Sunday of each month to take up a second collection at the end of mass to help offset these needs. Please help the Parish Family as you can. They are:READ MORE
Being a caregiver can be overwhelming and stressful. There aren’t enough hours in the day. Tools to keep you organized can make a difference. But, which ones are user friendly, password protected, free, and available across multiple platforms including iPhones, iPads and computers?
AARP has a YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com ): “Apps to Keep a Caregiver Organized” that provides information. Note-taking Apps are like a file cabinet to store your notes. File-sharing Apps are useful to share lists of doctors and medical information with family members. To do reminders can be created on list Apps.READ MORE