Caregiver Support: Are You a Member of a Support Group?

May 1st, 2018 Couples Goodson 3 min read

It is in the midst of difficulties that self-care is more important than ever. It has been a very difficult time for me these past two months. And so, what happens when, in the midst of caring for your wounded veteran or service member, another curve ball is thrown your way? A loved one who has been a major support system dies? Or a very…

New Beginnings … Our Story

Apr 16th, 2016 Couples Goodson 8 min read

It was 6:00 on a Saturday evening. The phone rang. My husband was on the other end. He excitedly said, “Honey I made sergeant!” Wow, I thought…such great news! He went on…”and my new unit is deploying to Afghanistan.” I felt my eyebrows rise on their own; I wondered what in the world did that mean?? After all, since our marriage in 2000, my husband…

Remembering Those Who Served

May 26th, 2018 Community Support Goodson 1 min read

On Friday May 25, neighbors installed white wooden crosses in the median of the main road through the neighborhood. Each cross has the name of a fallen soldier and is topped with an American flag. There are 28 crosses all together and they will remain in place throughout the holiday weekend. – J. Petrino, Resident. Newnan. Georgia On today, my husband and I strolled through…

Working Wellness into Your Day as a Caregiver

Mar 24th, 2018 Caregiver, Couples, Self Care Goodson 5 min read

This blog is written by guest writer Beverly Nelson who gives self-care and wellness tips and suggestions to caregivers.   When you’re caring for a war veteran, finding time to tend to your own needs can be a daunting challenge. This doesn’t get easier as time goes by. In fact, as you and your loved one age, you may find yourself approaching caregiver burnout instead of…

Military Caregiver 2018 Self-Care Challenge: Part Two

Feb 9th, 2018 Self Care Goodson 5 min read

As promised, the following covers the last several self-care activities I mentioned in Part one of my Military Caregiver 2018 Self-Care Challenge. I’m hoping I can implement these successfully on a regular basis this year to help ensure my optimal physical, mental, and emotional/spiritual well-being. I also hope this overview will help serve as a guide to you as you start into the New Year—…

Military Caregiver 2018 Self-Care Challenge — Part One

Feb 1st, 2018 Couples Goodson 10 min read

Happy New Year to you all! I hope your Holiday season was wonderful and festive, even though holidays tend to be stressful!  I’m checking in to see how you’ve started off the New Year and to see if you’ve managed to find time for self-care so far—a critical consideration in order to stay healthy and to be able to continue your responsibilities as a caregiver,…

Happy Holidays!

Dec 25th, 2017 Couples Goodson 1 min read

Wishing You and Yours a Very Merry Christmas_ Happy Holidays & A Prosperous New Year!   XOXO ~ Precious Goodson @WarChangesLives It’s only fair to share…

Self-Care Gifts for Caregivers

Dec 20th, 2017 Caregiver, Education, Self Care Goodson 4 min read

Image via Pixabay Would you like to show a caregiver appreciation? Do you want to give a meaningful token of gratitude to a caregiver for their dedication and commitment to care? Beverly Nelson, writer for Stand Up for Caregivers has offered to write this article for our blog to suggest gift ideas for caregivers. According to a 2015 report from AARP, an estimated 39.8 million Americans…

More Holiday Tips for Caregivers!

Nov 18th, 2017 Couples Goodson 6 min read

          Greetings to all, As a caregiver to someone with mental and cognitive injuries from war, I am always reminded of the need to adjust to a myriad of situations, from daily activities to holiday celebrations. In particular, I am learning to take things at a slow pace – that is, a pace that won’t cause my husband to become flustered…

Holiday Tips for Caregivers

Oct 31st, 2017 Caregiver, Military Caregiver Experiences, Resources Goodson 2 min read

The Holidays Are Approaching…How Prepared Are You? You’re not alone! AARP reports that an estimated 39.8 million individuals provide unpaid care to a loved one- – with over half of care recipients being over the age of 75. The RAND  report notes that an estimated 1.1 million additional individuals provide care to a service member who has been ill, injured, or wounded during post 9/11 service…

Hurricane Relief Efforts

Oct 4th, 2017 Couples Goodson 2 min read

The natural disasters including the hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico have caused grave and abiding turmoil, and been devastating. Thousands of people have been uprooted from their homes and have lost all their belongings; many people have suffered physical injuries and a number have lost their lives. Hundreds, if not thousands of people are rebuilding and some must start over. I am sad…

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