Report: Caring for Our Youngest Warriors
As the son, nephew and grandson of veterans
(Korea, Vietnam and WWII respectively), I received
the news of the new study regarding post-9/11
veterans with great interest. The RAND report,
which was commissioned by the Elizabeth Dole
Foundation, finds that Americans who are taking care
of veterans who served after 9/11 are younger than
other caregivers, are usually employed outside the
home and are more likely to care for someone who has
a behavioral health problem.
The more than 1.1 million caregivers who assist
post-9/11 veterans provide an estimated $3 billion
in care annually. But, despite these contributions,
researchers found there are few public or private
programs that directly support the needs of military
caregivers. Such figures can be reported, of course,
for the work of pre-9/11 caregivers as well as
non-military caregivers, since it is important to be
able to quantify these figures for all caregivers ...more
Caring for Someone
with Bipolar Disorder
By Julie Totten
Soon after Missy had her daughter,
she stopped sleeping, going from eight hours a night down
to only two or three. Her thoughts were racing, and she was
going a million miles an hour. After a few nights, Missy’s
husband Bill finally took her to the hospital. He couldn’t
believe that one minute his wonderful wife seemed just fine
and now she had become a patient in a psych unit ...more
Starting and Running
A Caregiver Support Group
By Suzette Levy
There are millions of caregivers in
the United States and they all have common needs: recognition,
counseling, support, information, problem sharing and, in many
cases, peer socializing.
One of the proven ways that many of
these needs can be met is by the formation of a local Caregiver
Support Group ...more
7 Essential Do’s and Don’ts for People Caring for Caregivers
One year ago, my father was diagnosed
with Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome, a form of dementia resulting
from chronic alcohol abuse. My dad, who worked hard his entire
life, raised a family and built a strong reputation in his
community, spent the last 10 years of his life succumbing to
this terrible disease that befalls so many. After the official
dementia diagnosis, I was appointed his guardian and my family
and I made the excruciating decision to place him in an assisted
living facility. This past year, I’ve experienced everything
from anger to guilt, from optimism to despair ...more
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I WENT OUT TODAY
By Cheryl Bollerud
I went out today.
I went by myself.
I looked for you.
But could only see memories.
We shared so much.
We were so close.
I wandered through the crowd.
I looked but you were not there.
I cried inside.
I didn't want people to stare.
I passed many couples.
I felt a tinge of guilt.
But no one held my hand.
I watched the sky.
As if I might get a glimpse of you.
It did not happen.
But the sky was so blue.
I sadly went to my car.
I drove straight back to you.
I hoped I'd find you like you used to be.
For you see—I went out today—just me.
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