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Steps to Live According to Conscious Choice

Set an intention to make conscious choices throughout the day, each day. The first step is a matter of focus, of deciding how you want to direct your thoughts. Since most of us live quite unconsciously most of the time, setting the intention to make conscious choices is a necessary step that needs to be […]

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Hiring Private Caregivers, Part 4 of 5

Continuation of interview with home healthcare expert, Steve Olian, MBA (SO) by Larry Berkelhammer (LB): LB: If you’re paying out of pocket, is there a standard price that agencies charge, or a standard price that individuals charge, and if not, how do you arrive at the price?  SO: You can check with the hospital discharge […]

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What Are You Choosing?

  Choose to Live with Mastery & Wellbeing The crux of living with mastery & wellbeing is the ability to recognize and take advantage of a simple fact: that every moment of the day presents an opportunity to choose how you will live. These moment-by-moment choices will largely determine the quality of your life—usually far […]

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Practice Relationship-Building

A healthy social support network is essential for the health of all people, and especially for those of us living with chronic illness. It provides a sense that we can trust and count on other people for friendship, emotional and problem-solving support, help with tasks, and physical or material assistance. An essential element of healthy […]

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Part 3 How to Hire Home Healthcare

LB = Larry Berkelhammer – Interviewer               SO = Steve Olian – Interviewee Continuing with part 3 of interview with home healthcare expert Steve Olian: LB: In terms of contracting with an agency, I imagine you’d have to get references from an agency and find out about their availability, […]

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Loving Self-Care

Playing Our Best Hand The meaning and purpose we derive from loving self-care are especially important for those of us who have been dealt a bad hand. Some people are luckier in life than others, some born with terrible genetics while others inherit outstanding genes. But genetics is only one factor. In most cases, the […]

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Beginning Mindfulness Practice

Although it’s possible to maintain a mindfulness practice on your own once you have attained a certain stage of practice, in the early years you will need a teacher. Despite the simplicity of the practice, it is almost impossible to stay on the path without ongoing guidance and support. This is because your neural pathways […]

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When You Need to Hire an Outsider for Home Healthcare

PART TWO This is a continuation of the Sept 12th text interview with home healthcare  expert Steve Olian discussing the issues around hiring someone to care for your loved one at home. We will now discuss the decision of whether to hire an agency or an individual. LB: Although you’re paying more for the agency, […]

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Mindfulness Practice, Mastery, Wellbeing, and Health

Meditation provides a way to quit living in the potent mental movies of disaster, regret, anger, and fear that not only rob your peace of mind, but can sometimes trick the body into believing that they are really happening. —Joan Borysenko   The practice of mindfulness is available to everyone and it isn’t complicated. Still, […]

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Caring for A Loved One At Home

LB: Hello, I’m Larry Berkelhammer bringing you more information about living well with chronic illness. This is the first of a five-part text interview with Steve Olian. I’ll return to video interviews after this five-week series. LB: Larry Berkelhammer SO: Steve Olian  LB: I have with me today Steve Olian, an MBA, who worked in […]

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