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Dec. 10, 2010

At A Glance

Holden Cancer Center Tip: Coping with the holidays as a caregiver

The holiday season can wear out the best of us. Caregivers of people living with cancer may feel particularly overwhelmed or "stressed" by the demands of the season combined with taking care of loved ones.

It is important for caregivers to:
--Eat regular, proper meals. Good nutrition is important to staying healthy and maintaining energy.
--Get quality sleep. If you are having trouble getting to sleep, or staying asleep, see a doctor for help.
--Get some exercise. This does not require joining a gym or long workouts. Do what you can, when you can.
--Keep in contact with friends and family. Do not isolate yourself or your loved one. Interaction with others is very important for our mental health.

Caregivers also need to put themselves first and make time to rejuvenate, reflect or feel sad. Caregivers should not feel guilty for how they feel. Seeking out a counselor or friend to talk about your feelings can be helpful.

Learn more at, or contact Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Information Service at the University of Iowa at 800-237-1225 or visit online at


Celebrate the holidays in Victorian style at the Old Capitol Museum

Make your own holiday decorations and crafts at the University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum.  On Dec. 18 and 19, the Old Capitol Museum will sponsor a Victorian holidays craft table with docents available to guide attendees on their holiday craft-making adventure. A host of decorations and crafts will be available for participants to make and design their own paper dolls, ornaments, wreaths, greeting cards, and the ever-popular seashell frames.

The Old Capitol will be open for the craft table event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18, and from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19. For more information on the event or the museum, call 319-335-0548 or visit


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