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From The Editor
Interview with Maria Shriver
Gary Barg: Was there a
moment when you first knew that your father was living with Alzheimer’s
I didn’t have a specific moment in time. I think like anybody in this
situation, as your parents get older, you become more aware that certain
things aren't the way they used to be. When he was diagnosed with
Alzheimer's, we just all came together and said, "Okay, what do we do, how
do we handle this the best way we can, how do we handle this as a family,
how do we support Dad the best we can?" You just go about researching it
and doing the best you can, just like all the other millions of families.
The important thing to realize is that no two cases are alike, so no two
families travel the same road. What is right for one family may not be
right for the other, and that doesn't mean that one is better or worse
than the other.
You've had so many interesting jobs and careers, first of all as a mother,
then as a First Lady, and as a reporter and anchor; how does your father’s
illness fit in your daily life?
PreSchool in Alzheimer's
By Diane Guthrie
Sitting around a table in the dining room at The Hampton in
Tumwater, Washington, preschoolers, their teachers, and
Alzheimer’s residents paint with watercolor. Rano, a student,
says, “Excuse me,” to get some attention. “Paint me a purple
horse,” Rano says to resident Sally D. Sally’s painting looks
very much like Rano’s. There are several brush stokes of
different colors of paint – no recognizable forms. Kara
Lawrence, the preschool assistant, paints a purple horse for
The Silverado Story
Helping Children Deal With Loss
Through the Journaling Process...
By Katherine Dorn Zotovich
Today more and more American
families are involved in the care of their loved ones.
Often that creates a change in family dynamics,
routines, reassigning roles, economic hardships and
demands on adult time and emotional stress for all
family members involved. The changes taking place can be
threatening for children. Change creates loss and loss
creates grief. A grieving child needs our reassurance
that he/she will be cared for and is loved...continued
Taking Care By
Terry stacks the breakfast dishes into the
sink, hands the freshly-packed lunchboxes to her
son and daughter, bundles them into their coats
and boots and hustles them to the school bus.
With a smile and a wave she promises, “I’ll pick
you up after school. We’ll make Christmas
cookies for your Girl Scout meeting, then go to
your basketball game.”...continued
Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips
From Drinelle in Bristol
My husband has
difficulty using the toilet; he now has to sit to urinate.
I put some red tape on the little rug in front of the toilet
and it works wonders. I tell him to stand his two feet on
the red tape and then he has no problem sitting on the
toilet from there.
Fran from New York
I'm in a good place right
now as my husband is dealing pretty well with chemo, and
recovery from surgery seems good. When things were not so
good, I signed up for a weekly massage at a school where
they teach it, saw my acupuncturist once a week and had a
therapist to talk to. I made sure to spend time with good
friends. Going to work helped a lot, but then I cried every
Saturday. I never did pick up my needlepoint, but it's
waiting for me if I need it, and I'm looking forward to
gardening when it warms up. Another thing that helped was
telling my husband that I needed him to pay attention to me,
too. That got the best reaction!
The best ideas and solutions for taking care of your
loved one often come from other caregivers. Please post your ideas
and insights and we will share them with your fellow caregivers.
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