In honor of this week’s 19th International AIDS
Conference held in Washington, D.C., along with the inspirational AIDS
quilt presentations across the mall, please allow me to repeat a column
I wrote (also in the Fearless Caregiver book) after my trip to
the first presentation of the AIDS quilt in Washington D.C. in 1996.
We came from everywhere. From across the nation,
across the continent, around the world. It seemed like we were
millions. We came not only to mourn the too early deaths of friends
and colleagues and loved ones. We came, all of us, to celebrate life.
To celebrate the lives that have fallen to AIDS and to those who
survive. We came to celebrate the lives of those fighting just to stay
alive, and of those who fight for every life...read more
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Safety Begins at Home: Emergency Escape Plan for
Loved Ones with Mobility Challenges
By Jennifer Wilson, Staff Writer
Children are usually taught about fire
safety and disaster preparedness in school. Experts in the
field, such as firefighters, teach through demonstrating how a
family should safely and quickly evacuate their house during a
fire, or how to seek shelter during a natural disaster, like a
tornado or hurricane. The children are then encouraged to take
the information they have learned and share it among their
family members at home...read more
Hope: The Most Caring Gift
By Rev. A. Stephen Pieters
In AIDS caregiving, the most caring gift is
hope. In my twenty years as a pastor and chaplain, and in my
fifteen years as a person living with AIDS, I have repeatedly seen
the strength, joy, and empowerment that hope brings....read more
Not Another Sleepless Night
By Jennifer Buckley
A typical day for a caregiver might include
on-the-job stress in the morning, a rush to a doctor’s
appointment for your mother at lunchtime and battling bottle
necked traffic in the evening only to come home and figure out
what to cook everyone for dinner. By this time, your muscles
feel achy and you crave the comfort and security of your bed,
but when it’s time to turn in, once again you can’t fall
Share your tip, advice, resource or observation.
From AJ in Chicago
I was a caregiver for my father for 10 years. I
spent every dime of my money caring for him and when he died, I
was left penniless! Please get some insurance on yourself and your
loved one. If they are critically ill, there are a few insurance
companies that will cover them. No one told me that insurance was
for the living! Buying just enough to bury someone isn't the thing
to do. You must have a plan for managing the financing for both
you and the person you are caring for. Do not have your only
insurance discussion with the funeral director. Please plan ahead.
From Michelle in Houston
When an older person appears confused, don't
assume they have the start of dementia. Check for a urinary tract
infection and low sodium.
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