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Health & Fitness

With Peter Rosenberger


From HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER air date June 6/22/2019

M_Tutterow.jpegSpecial guest: Mary Tutterow.

Mary and her husband Winn have two adult children and live in Charleston, South Carolina. Their daughter, Mary Addison, has cognitive and physical challenges and an active seizure disorder. They also cared for Winn’s mother through cancer and dementia. A former anchorwoman and marketing executive, Mary now writes, speaks and leads online and in-person small groups for caregivers.

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Noise bombards us every day.  From 24-hour cables news, to traffic, to our mobile devices, we are inundated with a wall of noise that seems to keep so many of us in a state of agitation.  For Caregivers, taking a moment to sit quietly and settle our hearts down …seems nearly impossible …but it’s critical for us to just that.

You see, if we don’t take time for stillness …we’re going to have to make time for illness. The constant state of anxiety, stress, and sensory overload we experience as caregivers will eventually make us sick.  Stress kills.  The way we push back on this ….is to carve out some time where we can just be still and quiet.  Prayer, meditation, or just clearing our frenetic thoughts …it all helps re-boot our minds and hearts …and allows us to be a little calmer in the caregiver storm we navigate.

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It’s simply too easy to become lost as the person pushing the wheelchair.  We’re become the one standing in the hospital room corner, the one doing laundry or meals, etc. How can we talk about our own broken hearts or weariness when our loved ones have such drastic illnesses or challenges? Too many caregivers feel guilty for saying anything construed as complaining or wanting a break.  After all, the suffering loved one doesn’t get a break from pain/disease/ disability. But our injuries and wounds, whether physical or emotional, require attention—regardless of how they compare to others.



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Caregivers often spend a great deal of time at doctors' offices, but it's for someone else ...not themselves.  One of the 7 Caregiver Landmines is failing to see your own physician as a caregiver.  If you're not healthy ...what happens to your loved one?



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August 2, 2018

Secure the Firearms

Who secures the firearms of the vast number of American gun owners living with Alzheimer's, dementia, mental illness, or substance impairments?

All too many caregivers either don't know about the guns or don't know how to properly safety and secure them.  This is where pastors can be a real help to those individuals and their families. For every pastor, please ask those in your congregation who serve as caregivers of a loved one with a mental impairment., "Are there firearms in the home ...and if so, are they secured?" 

That simple question can prevent indescribable pain.  There are so many active and retired military, law enforcement, and experts with firearms who would welcome the opportunity to help properly safety and secure weapons for those caring for impaired loved ones. 

Oh ...by the way ...it costs nothing to do this. 

Peter Rosenberger is a thirty-year caregiver for his wife Gracie, who lives with severe physical disabilities. He is the author of Hope for the Caregiver and his radio show for family caregivers  is syndicated on more than 200 stations across the country.   @hope4caregiver 


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July 26, 2018

Discretionary Valor

"That discretion of knowing when to act, speak, and be still ...it comes with time and practice. But it's an important part of our journey of becoming healthy caregivers ...and healthy caregivers, make better caregivers."


Peter Rosenberger is a thirty-year caregiver for his wife Gracie, who lives with severe physical disabilities. He is the author of Hope for the Caregiver and his radio show for family caregivers  is syndicated on more than 200 stations across the country.   @hope4caregiver


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From YOUR CAREGIVER MINUTE with Peter Rosenberger

Struggling with her husband’s significant medical issues, a woman I know was worn paper-thin, only to have her car break down. In addition to all the other burdens she carries, transportation has now soared to the top of the list.  Finally working up the courage to ask someone in her church for help, her plea was met with compassion, an offer to pray—and an offer to bring a meal. 

Awkwardly, she replied, “I really want your prayer, and I appreciate the thought of the meal …but I really need the car fixed!

For caregiver, it’s takes courage to ask for the specific need.  There’s always that fear of being rejected and feeling ashamed.  There is no shame having a need.  Asking for help is a sign of wisdom.  For non-caregivers, be sensitive to that caregiving wife particularly. 

Let’s be a little more insightful and ask specially about the car, the appliances, the home.  Remember, you can’t drive a Tuna-Casserole to Work.  Praying —and meals for folks who suffer and those who care for them— is wonderful but dig deeper to see if you can do more than be a tuna-noodle helper.


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