Saturday, August 19, 2017

Aisling Lennon and Kathy O’Grady say when parenting a child with intellectual disabilities or supporting an aging spouse, it is important that caregivers take the time to consider how they care for themselves.

On 2 July 2014, the Carers Association launched their Pre-budget Submission 2015, estimating that 187,000 people are providing care in the home in Ireland. Caring activities range from providing occasional assistance, to providing full-time care for an individual, be they a child or an adult. Caring can include supporting an individual with their physical care, assisting with the management of symptoms, and assisting with activities of daily living. Caring also involves providing emotional support for the individual...

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Jonathan Egan shares his tips on how fellow psychologists can keep the stresses of the job at bay.

As a psychologist, I suppose I should have a lot to say about wellbeing, although it is sometimes difficult to practice what I preach, particularly with two very small sons (Ted aged 2 years, 3 months, and Leo, a sparking 7 month old). I have, however, come across some bits of wisdom from the behavioural and medical sciences, and here are my top nine suggestions toward fostering your wellbeing...

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A series of articles describes several research methods used in gauging levels of happiness in individuals with learning disabilities. Ruth Catherine Cullen, Psychologist in Clinical Training

Introduction A recent series of articles published in the American Journal of Mental Retardation focused on the issue of happiness in the lives of people...

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The Eastern Health and Social Services Board (NI) and the four community trusts in its area have organised a series of information-sharing meetings about new initiatives with service users, support workers and carers (see Frontline 37, 22). Roy McConkey, University of Ulster and EHSSB, reports on the presentations and discussions at a workshop held last spring on the topic of sexuality and relationships.

There are three main reasons why services and their staffs cannot ignore the issue of sexuality. Ordinary lives: Our aim is for people with...