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Looking Through the Macro Lens

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 21, 2017 6:06:05 PM / by Friends of CaregiverAsia posted in Friends Of CaregiverAsia

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This article is written by Kelly Tan, who is a counselor and psychotherapist. Her interest in photography exposes her to different lenses, zooming distances and angles to view life and the world. She loves to nourish her mind with books and articles in financial, spiritual, psychology, philosophy. Meditation has a profound effect on Kelly including calmness and mindfulness.

I did not have an affection for animals and let alone insects, although I did not detest them unless they are in my space and my way. I respect them having equal right on earth as I do but just let’s live a separate life.

During a recent trip to the nature park, I experienced photoshooting with a macro lens for the first time. In my usual ‘blur’ self, I signed up not knowing that the subjects are mainly insects and my heart sank a little when I found out during the briefing before setting off.

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Common Challenges Faced by Caregivers

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 22, 2016 6:23:09 PM / by Friends of CaregiverAsia posted in Friends Of CaregiverAsia

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From time to time, careseekers need caregivers who provide home care services. These can range from helping mothers with newborn babies or even staying overnight to care for an elderly loved one. But this type of service delivery comes with its own challenges and issues, beyond the usual issues of cultural, age and gender differences. At CaregiverAsia, with a community of over 700 caregivers, we'd like to share this article to help you better understand the challenges faced by caregivers. 

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Bullying in School

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 15, 2016 4:40:41 PM / by Friends of CaregiverAsia posted in Friends Of CaregiverAsia

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This article is written by C. Joshi, a Consultant Counselor and the Co-founder of COUNSOL (Counselling Solutions). He has over 20 years of experience as a counseling Therapist specializing in Psychology. Joshi is very dedicated to his clients making his career guidance and counseling services highly sought after. His center of focus is always to address his clients' psychological needs.

While many parents may assume that bullying in schools is a problem that occurs in primary or secondary school, the fact is that schools and parents should take steps to prevent and stop bullying in schools as early as kindergarten and early primary school. By teaching children about what bullying is and the facts about how and why it is harmful, teachers and parents can set important foundations to stop bullying behavior before it starts.

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7 Happiness Therapies

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 8, 2016 7:45:00 PM / by Friends of CaregiverAsia posted in Friends Of CaregiverAsia

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7 Happiness Therapies is written by C. Joshi, a Consultant Counselor and the Co-founder of COUNSOL (Counselling Solutions). He has over 20 years of experience as a counseling Therapist specializing in Psychology. Joshi is very dedicated to his clients making his career guidance and counseling services highly sought after. His center of focus is always to address his clients' psychological needs.

Although happiness is a timeless and universal human quest, only in recent years has research turned its focus on how happiness can be sustained and increased. Science has now confirmed that with certain practices we can change the neural pathways of our brain. Happiness is a set of skills we can learn through practice.

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Melissa's Story

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 1, 2016 5:08:39 PM / by Friends of CaregiverAsia posted in Friends Of CaregiverAsia

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Passionate about creating new and alternative solutions in problem-solving, Melissa combines her love for storytelling, digital marketing and branding to bring creative ideations and campaign experiences to life. She is the founder of Project We Forgot, a community of support for Caregivers to persons with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The initiative was founded with the vision of connecting young Caregivers, through the identification and sharing of their personal journeys.

I was about 14 when my dad was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The doctors attributed it to the belated emergence of effects from an accident he had when he was younger. For the next 10 years, I lived everyday seeing my father fight the disease and the family’s struggle to redefine normalcy, until he passed away in 2014.

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Serenity For Seniors

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 29, 2016 8:56:00 PM / by Friends of CaregiverAsia posted in Friends Of CaregiverAsia

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Serenity for Seniors is written by veteran journalist Clement Mesenas, who is the Founding Editor of Pinoy Star and the author of two books: The Last Great Strike and Dissident Voices.

An aquarium stocked with colorful tropical fish does the trick.

Happiness is watching the pretty things go by – and these seniors were full of eager anticipation as they watched me set up an aquarium at their day care center. Their faces lit up when I released into the once neglected tank, dozens of tiny fish – brilliantly hued neon tetras flitting merrily with multi-colored guppies.

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Special Nutrition For The Elderly and People With Medical Conditions

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 29, 2016 2:45:27 PM / by Friends of CaregiverAsia posted in Friends Of CaregiverAsia

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This article is written by Grace Gan, a Speech Therapist and Co-founder of Health Food Matters. Grace worked as a speech therapist who specialised in swallowing impairments. During her clinical practice, she encountered many who had dietary restrictions due to their illnesses and were unable to find suitable food options. This inspired her to search for solutions abroad and bring them back to Singapore. Through Health Food Matters, Grace hopes to help people with medical conditions rediscover the joy of eating by providing food products that cater to their special needs.

Did you know that 1 in 3 Singaporean elderly are malnourished? Many elderly have special nutritional needs which are often overlooked. This can be dangerous as malnutrition leads to other health problems such as pressure ulcers, muscle wasting and falls.

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Dancing With Grace…

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 28, 2016 12:42:31 PM / by Friends of CaregiverAsia posted in Friends Of CaregiverAsia

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Dancing With Grace is written by veteran journalist Clement Mesenas, who is the Founding Editor of Pinoy Star and the author of two books: The Last Great Strike and Dissident Voices.

When memory fades, it’s best to recall the good times…

She struggles to recall an answer to my question. Her eyes glaze over, her lips tremble as she tries to force out a name. But it’s all in vain. She shakes her head, a silent No to my question if she could remember her husband’s name.

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Parenting for creativity

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 27, 2016 4:15:50 PM / by Friends of CaregiverAsia posted in Friends Of CaregiverAsia

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There has been much talk about developing creativity in the way our children goes about life, but sometimes it's a tough balance between "developed creativity" and "spontaneous creativity". As new parents, how would you bring out the creativity in your children? Caregiver Asia is pleased to have guest contributor, Ms Jennifer Loh, write for us today on this topic. Jennifer is pretty much an insider on this topic, having once wanted to create a billion dollar newsletter empire when she was just in Primary 6 (together with our CEO Wan Ling), and she is the founder of Playeum, an award winning Children's Museum that encourages children and their parents to look and explore the world with different lenses. Read more about her thoughts after the jump, on creatively bringing up creative children!

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