A critical issue for caregivers is maintaining their own stamina and health. How can women who are the bulk of caregivers make it through without collapsing? And how can women who are socialized to care for everyone else first, begin to care for themselves? Gail Sheehy, author, and Jane Bryant Quinn, columnist, speaking on a recently televised panel in connection with WGBH's current documentary, "Caring for Your Parents" both noted that caregivers need (to) care for themselves. This is an issue that is critical for both women and men.
In the coming months, I will be discussing a range of methods and ways to care for yourself. And as August 8, 2008 approaches and vaboomer.com blossoms into a larger website offering books, music, art as well as advice and resources, there will be a greater array of means for self-care.
Look for inspiring books such as "What Will You Do 'Til You Live to 100?" and "Sixty Tips for a Sensational Second Sixty After Sixty." Look for enlivening original R and B, jazz and rock by backbone artists who are boomeranging. Look for enrichening teleconferences led by knowledgble experts. But most of all always look inward to that flame that is beginning to burn brighter and brighter--aiming to blaze forth.
Why 8/8/08 to expand the site? 8/8/08 is the most auspicious day in the entire 12-year lunar ccyle and a day that will not come again for 100 years. As much as I think I have a possibility to live to 100, I don't think I will live to 163--but hey who knows--there are more things Horatio...
Next week, I'll be writing about nourishing that inner flame.