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Cherishing the Moments

Cherishing the Moments

There are times when I get tired of being a caregiver, but I remind myself to cherish the moments.  The day will arrive when I will no longer have my loved one. So what are some ways to cherish the moments: Listen to what they have to say Discuss their lives—this is difficult as they have less to say; but often we listen to descriptions of the book my grandmother is reading Listen to memories and family stories Put away…

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Pause, Praise and Pray

Pause, Praise and Pray

“I go to work to get away.”  A lady in the support group I lead admitted rather sheepishly. Caring for a loved one is very tiring and trying.  A loved one with Alzheimer’s, that needs constant supervision, is even more of a trial. Caregiving cannot be a lone support.  Don’t be afraid to admit you need help and to ask for it. We all need a break.  Whether it’s to work, to go shopping, to do something special for ourselves…

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Caregiving Monday: Thank a CNA

Caregiving Monday: Thank a CNA

Do you have a loved one in a nursing facility? Take the time to thank a CNA {Certified Nursing Assistant}.  While everyone’s job is important and the facility should work as a team, the CNA’s take on the bulk of the work for a fraction of the cost. I often hear frustrations over how long it takes to answer a call light or about a need.  In my position, I can listen but I do not have the skills to…

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World Alzheimer’s Day

World Alzheimer’s Day

Today is World Alzheimer’s Day. September 21st, is the date chosen by the Alzheimer’s organizations, to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. According to Alzinfo.org, someone develops Alzheimer’s every 68 seconds. With Alzheimer’s, family members slowly watch their loved one die again and again.  With each stage comes more loss of memory and motor skills. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve witness pain cross an individual’s face because their parent did not remember them. Alzheimer’s disease is…

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3 Everyday Lessons for an Alzheimer’s Caregiver by Kathleen Brown

3 Everyday Lessons for an Alzheimer’s Caregiver by Kathleen Brown

Today, I am thrilled to welcome Kathleen Brown to Caregiving Monday.  She is going to share lessons she has learned from being an Alzheimer’s Caregiver.  This seemed very apropos today, because Wednesday is World Alzheimer’s Day.  Welcome, Kathleen!   3 Everyday Lessons for an Alzheimer’s Caregiver by Kathleen Brown I discovered Mom had Alzheimer’s during a September trip. September. Its flower is the forget-me-not; its gemstone, the sapphire. Sapphires were once associated with clear thinking. As I began caring for…

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Beware of those Taking Advantage of the Elderly

Beware of those Taking Advantage of the Elderly

In the process of moving my grandmother, we came across a couple who at first appeared to be very helpful and considerate.  However, the more time spent together the more we discovered how much they were attempting to take advantage of the situation.  Even when boundaries were set in place they attempted to cross over these boundaries. They were very good at what they had done and we heard enough tales from others to discover this couple had their act…

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We All Need Someone to Listen

We All Need Someone to Listen

Caregiving can be very trying at times and we all need someone to listen. We all need someone with whom we can share both our frustrations and the funny moments. Now that my grandmother is living with Mama, we discover the need to share and vent has become even more important. At least once a week, I’ll receive a text or call from Mama to share her conversations. Two of these sound something like the following: “It’s 6:30 and she’s…

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