A Tale of Two (Conference) Cities
I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed
the Fearless Caregiver presentation at Salt Fork in Ohio. The
information was so relevant and affirming. I have helped provide care
to my mother-in-law who has Alzheimer’s disease (my sister-in-law is
the full-time caregiver and the REAL angel!), and also provided care
to my father who died this past February due to cancer.
I’ve been in geriatric social work for 37 years
and it is just my nature to believe that I have to be able to do it
all. WRONG! It is so difficult to delegate, but it is so necessary.
You offered so many ways that caregivers can delegate without feeling
that they (we) are neglecting our responsibility. (Even if we
have an over-inflated idea of responsibility!)
Thank you again. And thank you for the work you
I received this email as I was returning from
serving on a panel at the first annual event held by our good friend
Pat Sacco, founder and CEO of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Association
of the Treasure Coast in Port Saint Lucie, Florida...read more
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Putting Your Best Foot Forward
By Mary Damiano
Feet are one of the most important yet
maligned parts of the body. They are our little chauffeurs,
getting us where we want to go. They’re twin fashion
statements, getting squeezed into trendy shoes no matter how
high the heel or how narrow the toe. And they are our little
scapegoats, because even as we try to do something good for
the rest of the body, like walk or run, our feet still bear
the brunt of abuse...read more
Considerations for Caregivers
By Arthur N. Gottlieb MSW, LMSW, CSA
Caregiving is not for everyone.
Remember, it’s not about you. If the relationship is
too emotionally charged or patience is not your best
virtue, find someone else to take over the primary
role of caregiver.
It is important to reflect upon your
motivations for being a caregiver and to make an honest assessment
of your limitations...read more
By Sandi Magadov
The day you discover your child has cancer,
your whole life changes. No matter what the outcome may be,
you are now living on an emotional roller coaster. When my son
was first diagnosed, he was scared and angry, and he was
embarrassed to lose his hair. The fact remained that although
he was now a cancer patient, he was still a 14 year old
teenager with all the typical emotions, feelings and concerns...read more
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From Kathy in Dallas
Though my mom has Alzheimer's, we are closer
now than we ever have been. Once in a while, when her mind is
clearer, she thanks me for caring for her and tells me that she
doesn't want to be a worry. I am so glad to have those moments;
they get me through the hard times. My brother, sister and I have
worked hard to cooperate and share the load, and we have grown
closer as well. I realize now how lucky I am; and while we have
very difficult times and I get tired, I would not trade these
times for any other.
From Mary in Seattle
My parents moved in with me 12 years ago and I
became their caregiver very shortly thereafter. We had many
children in my family growing up and I was at the tail end of the
brood, so my interactions with my parents were sparse. Having them
live with me as an adult and ultimately caring for them as they
died was very profound. My daughter was raised with her
grandparents, something I had never known, and I was able to
secure new memories of both parents that will last me the rest of
my life. In short, a gift.
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