FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN
/ Hangin' With The Experts
I have never gotten used to the look of
astonished disappointment in my dog, Morrisí face as
I grab my travel-worn suitcase down from the shelf
for another round of TSA tango, bad airline coffee,
and hotels which range from terrific to uncertain as
to when the room was last cleaned. Morris has even
given up trying to jump into the suitcase since he
long ago learned that he isnít going anywhere.
On the other hand, I am quite convinced that
although my frequent trips may consist of
indeterminate challenges, the destination is always
filled with wonder and learning from the experts who
reside throughout this great land. Of course, the
experts I refer to are the family caregivers.
This is true whether I am spending the day at one of
our Fearless Caregiver Conferences or attending any
other conference concerned with caregiving to which
I am lucky enough to be invited. Itís
true that I have met some incredible professionals
and advocates at national healthcare events, but I
am never as overwhelmingly impressed with the depth
of wisdom shared as when I am able to spend the day
with family caregivers.
Where else can you find a room of caregivers
offering advice when a young man shares concern
Where else can you see people hugging strangers
local support networks on the spot?
Where else can a grandparent
caregiver offer the one piece of the puzzle that
an adult son was missing in order to better
communicate with his dad living with Alzheimerís
Only in a room filled with the real healthcare
decision makersófamily caregivers.
And with the promise of a dog toy at the end of my
trip, even Morris understands.
See you on the road !