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Vol. 1, Issue 5, Special Holiday Issue 2011


Question: What's the single most important thing for caregivers to remember during the holidays?   

Answer: Themselves! With this in mind here's our latest news and resources... and be sure to check out "Caregiver Stress and the Holidays" and then give yourself a present (see below)!


Note from Susan
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Dear Friends,


One really important question for the holidays: What single present can you give yourself that will make you feel better-stronger-happier during this time? How will you guarantee that you give yourself this present during holiday hustle and bustle?


If something doesn't immediately come to mind, consider this: new research* has just established that personal health issues are a primary concern to caregivers. So... how about giving a continuing gift (to both you and your loved ones!) by considering one of these: an ongoing exercise program, a period of daily relaxation (yoga, meditation) or joining a local/online caregiver support program?


I've mentioned previously that I'm a caregiver, too, and just want to share that this year my personal choice for dealing with holiday stress is an exercise Susan Osborneprogram, which I'm beginning immediately! I'm guaranteeing this further by getting a friend to join me, signing up, and scheduling it! Trust me - this is not an easy choice given time constraints, but I'm determined and will let you know how it goes! You heard it here...this is a commitment!

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*October 28, 2011 results of The NFCA/Allsap survey of Family Caregivers. See this month's news (below) for a summary of the survey's findings.

Featured Companion Arts Resources
New Wisdom DVD



  These inspiring short films can
help us connect our deepest selves
to the vast world we live in.  

No service could be more important.

 A multi-sensory feast for the senses!


Thomas Moore
Bestselling Author, Care of the Soul



Want an extraordinary holiday gift for yourself, another caregiver or others? There is nothing like WisdomFilms, the new 2 DVD set from famed composer and Companion Arts Co-Founder Gary Malkin ... it sets a new standard for audiovisual "innertainment", a combination of exquisite music and breath-taking cinematography combined with messages from contemporary masters, including Deepak Chopra, Jyoti, Thich Nhat Hanh, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, and Companion Arts' Co-Founder Michael Stillwater. This extraordinary, soothing blend calms body, mind and spirit, releases stress, and inspires. WisdomFilms can be used for 5 minutes or more daily/as needed for relaxation, ongoing stress relief and revitalization.

Now available at Companion Arts Webstore

Breaking News & New Perspectives - Latest Links!

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Mystery Ingredient in Coffee Boosts Protection Against Alzheimer's Disease - Science Daily


(June 21, 2011) - A yet unidentified component of coffee interacts with the beverage's caffeine, which could be a surprising reason why daily coffee intake protects against Alzheimer's disease. A new Alzheimer's ...   read article


Toyota worker    

Toyota Developing Machines to Help the

Disabled and Elderly Move - Yahoo News

 (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)    


Eiichi Saitoh, a professor in rehabilitation medicine, steps down with an "independent walk assist" device as Toyota Motor Corp. displays experimental health care robots ...  read article   



New Survey Pinpoints Family Caregivers' ConcernsWhat are the 3 primary concerns of family caregivers? The results of a survey by the National Family Caregivers Association and Allsap.     

New Caregiver Info & Resources - Latest Links!


Caregiver Stress and the Holidays 

Trusted Hands Network

There are several techniques that family caregivers can use to help prevent holiday burnout and enjoy this time with their families.  (Read more) 
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Caregiver Confessions with Leeza Gibbons

(online videos)

Leeza Gibbons hosts a number of situational videos from The series includes:

When You're Feeling Guilt; When You Don't Feel Appreciated; When you're Sleeping Poorly; When You're in Over Your Head; When you Lose Your Temper; When Your Family is Being Torn Apart; When You're Just Not Eating Right; When You Rarely See Friends, When You Resent Being a Caregiver, When No One Will Help; Feeling Anticipatory Grief; After Caregiving Ends.


This Month's Website Highlight: CarePathways: Diverse Resources for both Family and Professional Caregivers  (Click here to view)

The Finale 

Well dear friends, that's it for this month. Have a wonderful holiday season and we'll see you in December with something special!  


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Our very best to you during the holidays!

Susan Signature web


Susan Osborne  

Companion Arts 

303-772-1464 (Please note: This is our new phone #)


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Companion Arts, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, brings integrating, expressive arts
resources to individuals in major life transitions and the organizations serving them.
In 2011 CA is developing a new focus on the needs of caregivers.

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