From Bette in PA:
My husband and I, with our three children, cared for my
mother for over 10 years at home. During the last three
years, I became involved with an online support group as
well as beginning one in our community.
One thing I wish I would have
thought more about during that time was sharing my
mother's story -- sharing what her life was like before
she became ill. She had a stroke in 2002. In 2006, she
was diagnosed with vascular dementia.
I think in sharing about her life
when she was healthy, I would have been given strength
in remembering. It's so important for caregivers to
remember that although it's hard on the person providing
care, the patient has some very real life changes going
on as well.
Just wanted to share with you in
hopes one day you would prompt others to share their
loved ones' likes, dislikes, interests, hobbies and
Take care and Happy New Year.
Hope 2014 is very special for you and your Website.
Pets need care as they age, right alongside our loved
ones, and may have increased vet bills, too. The
relationship with our pets is in need of care and
understanding. They can suffer when their emotional
and/or physical needs are neglected inadvertently. Care
plans need to be put in place for them as a guide for
everyone involved to keep up with their needs. We should
remember that an aging person may stop paying attention
to their pet as dementia creeps in.
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.