Since weíre doing this next
conference in Atlanta, weíve been
working with the
Area Agency on Aging, and they
wanted me to tell you how much they
Oh good. Itís been really wonderful.
As much work as I have done with
people, there is still a lot to
Do you have any advice for family
caregivers to think about?
The best advice I think I can give
them is to leave some time for
have to have some escape from the
caregiving duties. Take some time,
even if you canít
get away totally. I know one woman
whose mother was sick, and her
mother couldnít get
out, so she had to be taken care of
all the time. Her mother wanted to
see what their
flowers looked like in the garden,
so the woman began photographing the
flowers and the trees so her mother
could see the change-of-seasons. She
got so good,
that now she has, from her home, a
photography business. Even if itís
just gardening, or
walking around the house, or reading
a good book, people need something
to take their
mind off of their duty.
A lot of people donít like to say
that they have a duty or a burden
when it comes to caregiving because
there are rewards. I think that
everybody feels some reward. There
was a woman that we saw in our
survey who said that she got so
upset with her father at times, that
she felt like running away. She said
that one day she did run away.
She left him in his wheelchair and
checked into a hotel downtown.
She stayed for only a few hours
because she felt so guilty. When she
returned home, he was still in his
wheelchair just where she had left
him. People just need some outlet.
One thingthat people can do is the
Internet, with all the chat clubs.
Look up the Rosalynn Carter
Institute and see what weíre doing,
and send us messages for advice.
People also need to know that there
is help in the community, and the
Rosalynn Carter Institute can help
caregivers locate organizations and
support groups. There is information
available and caregivers can call up
the Rosalynn Carter Institute to get
what they need.