A Checklist for the New Year

Happy New Year to everyone on this January 1, 2022!

As always, my goal is to encourage and support those who care for a loved one with Parkinson’s Disease or any other chronic or degenerative disease. I feel your burden after caring for my husband until he passed into Heaven just last year.

On this New Year’s Day as we think about the year ahead, here are 3 things that should be a top priority for all of us.

  1. Be sure all paperwork is in order. This includes advanced medical directives, wills, insurance documents with beneficiary updated, etc. An attorney who specializes in elder law will know exactly what is needed in your state. Let’s get this done in January so we don’t have to think about later.
  2. Don’t wait to take care of yourself. Take steps each day toward selfcare, not neglecting regular wellness doctor visits.
  3. Let’s remember to be thankful. Making thankfulness a priority will increase our joy and peace. It seems simple, and it is.

Thankfully, we accomplished #1 before my hubby passed.

Sadly, I waited until his passing to accomplish #2, but I am seeing to it now.

And #3 is always at the forefront of my mind, partly because of the Bible verse that says, “And be ye thankful!” (Colossians 3:17) To accomplish this in 2022, I purchased a calendar with room to write in each day’s section. This is what it looked like when I awoke this morning.

And for today, this is what I wrote for my thankfulness:

As a former teacher, I have always loved the beginning of a new school year. The grade book page was empty, students had new notebooks and new bookbags, and excitement and anticipation were in the air. That’s how I feel today – excited about 2022, even though I do not know exactly what the future holds.

Even though we understand that the 3 suggestions I’ve made are important and necessary for a healthy New Year, there are obstacles that might get in our way and impede our progress.

Sometimes the pressures of real life get in the way, and these things fall through the cracks. Let’s be sure that doesn’t happen with these 3 important items.

Sometimes we put things off until later, and later never comes. January will be the best time to complete #1 from my list, but #2 and #3 must be on-going!

Sometimes other things become a priority, such as safety and health of our loved one for whom we care. Those things must be addressed first. They are necessary and important. But perhaps we can remember #2 and #3 in our list and get back to them when the cleanup and everyday duties of life are completed. Care of ourselves is just as important as care of our loved ones. And being thankful will bring the balance that helps us be better caregivers.

As I write I am praying for each of you, that God will give you the strength needed to care for your loved one as well as yourself.

Thank you for reading, and may God bless you in 2022.

Published by parkinsonscare

I'm a retired mathematics teacher, mother, and grandmother. I cared for my husband for 23 years, and now he is in Heaven. My new mission in life is to support and encourage caregivers like you!

10 thoughts on “A Checklist for the New Year

  1. Awe! The excitement of the new year and all the events that we will look back on and say, “Thank you, Lord.” My mind ventures out and the worries of what changes might happen this year (hubby going to a memory care facility, etc.) I reign my mind back and appreciate all the events of today. Happy New Year and thanks for all your inspirations.

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    1. You’re so welcome, my friend. Not knowing the future means we must trust in God’s care and wisdom. He does know what’s best for each of us. God’s blessings on you and your hubby this year.


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