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Workshop 2009

Care for Eldercaregivers
Gail Sheehy | Print |
Dear Seasoned Women friends, So glad to be back in touch with you - you are part of my core resource. Some of you responded to my questionnaire for Sex and the Seasoned Woman. Together, we have had an enormous impact and established a newly positive identity for women like ourselves. Now I'm coming back to you to tell you about the next book I'm working on about family caregiving. It's more than a book, it's a mission. I'm trying to delineate stages of what is often a very long and formless journey. I also want to highlight positive experiences and start the momentum of a movement to change our health care focus and reimbursement policies from the acute chronic-care model (revolving door through ER's; repeated hospitalizations; huge cost & traumatic transitions) to a family and community centered model. I hope you'll want to continue the conversation. Click on the link below to go to my website (If you're on aol, simply copy and paste the link into your aol browser).
http://www.gailsheehy.com/response with affection and cheers to you all, Gail
Teapots and Company | Print |

Mission: To bring along the comfort of a pot of tea, shared with another: to break the isolation that eldercaregiving can become, and give a chance for respite to refresh and revive that special eldercaregiver with tea and company.

Vision: If you have a teapot and transportation (feet, car, plane, train, or bus), you can bring hope and a little bit of heaven to a neighbor, loved one, or friend (old or new). Allow eldercaregivers to pour out their hearts while you pour out a comforting cup of tea.

The possibilities are up to you:
Ginger Tea and Rosemary Sugar

Orange Tea and Lemon Honey

Darjeeling Tea and Baker’s Sugar

Constant Comment Tea with Hot Milk

Earl Grey with Half and Half and Sweetener

Green Tea in many flavors with Lavender Honey

Tea is a substance that is high in plant phenols and natural antioxidants. Phytonutrients, which are disease fighting, plant-based chemicals, are found in teas. They aid in health and promote self-healing, especially when served with compassion by a caring human.

The tea experience has been lifted to lofty heights in European and Asian societies. Americans consume almost as much tea as coffee. Both drinks offer a caffeine lift, which has been proven to have health benefits along with a feeling of energy. Many times, a cup of tea brings along with it a positive readjustment of the day. Consuming tea has great emotional value as well when enjoyed during a break-time from work or shared with others in a social situation. What a kindness to extend to an eldercaregiver!

From Health Science Institute:

“If you don't have tea time in your house, you might want to add it to your schedule. A study done in Sweden found that drinking black or green tea each day significantly reduced women's epithelial ovarian cancer risk.

Researchers looked at information from more than 61,000 women who participated in the Swedish Mammography Cohort study. The women were between the ages of 40 and 76 when they enrolled in the study and were followed until 2004.

When compared to women who rarely drank tea, higher tea consumption appeared to reduce ovarian cancer risk. The more a person drank, the lower the risk became. Women who drank one cup a day lowered their risk by 24 percent. Those drinking two or more cups a day cut their risk in half. And the researchers said that each additional cup of tea per day was associated with an 18 percent lower risk of developing epithelial ovarian cancer.” Retrieved from This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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