FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN /
returned from the Fearless Caregiver Forum in Louisville, held on
December fifth, coincidently, the same day that a major winter
storm blanketed the area with six inches of ice and snow. But to
the bravehearted and fearless caregivers who trudged through the
snow to join us, it was a great day. They asked questions of the
panelists and answered many attendee questions themselves. We had
plenty of laughing, crying, sharing and networking to go around.
And the topics covered were wide ranging, from journaling to
clinical trials to tips to get dad to stop driving and respite
suggested that people journal the fun and positive stuff as well
as the serious aspects of caregiving
shared his creative solution to the how to stop his loved one from
driving issue. His uncle wanted to buy a new car at 93, and
realizing that his uncle was so cheap that he would never bring
himself to purchase one, called his bluff and offered to take him
car shopping. That ended that conversation. For another caregiver,
getting the Drivers Bureau involved was her way to help get her
dad off the road without taking the blame.
We look forward to
seeing you in Tampa
on February 11th
P.S., we’ll be
returning to Louisville closer to Mint Julep season.
New doc. New
meds. New test. New mom.
I just got off the
phone with a publishing colleague. He first called me in
September, when his mom started to forget family member names and
eventually even got lost driving home from the drugstore. He was
concerned that his mom’s doctor was not taking her symptoms
seriously (just aging). According to my friend, his mom thought
the doctor was handsome and nice, so she liked and trusted him. I
suggested that he visit the regional memory disorder center with
his mom. Within weeks of the geriatrician in the memory disorder
center getting a handle on the myriad of drugs that his mom had
been taking, he reports that “She’s back to being my mother,
her memory and judgment are sharp and clear as ever, and she loves
the new doctor” A great example of a Fearless Caregiver.