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Caregiver Wisdom: Answering . . . and Answering Again

(from a Letter to the husband caregiver of a wife with Alzheimer’s Disease) 

I’d be surprised if there’s anyone [caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease] who hasn’t experienced the endlessly repetitive questions.

Your wife asks the same question again and again because she does not remember you’ve just answered it―or even that she has ever asked it before.  But for some reason she does remember it’s important to her to know the answer, so she asks.  Because she knows she can depend on you to know the answer.

Caregiver Wisdom: Don’t Take it Personally

Family Caregiver Alliance

As a caregiver, you may learn that things change in the relationship between you and the loved one for whom you care. For example, you may learn that the father you’re caring for is more willing to engage in activities when they involve other people, and less willing to do so when they involve you—when it was never this way before his illness. One caregiver’s personal response to this particular situation. . . .

Caregiver Wisdom: Emotional Care + Physical Care

Family Caregiver Alliance

The first Year after I started caring for my wife (two strokes at age 39 and 43 yrs) at home I thought that she was the same person I knew before the issues occurred.  I would become angry with her for “doing this to me”, when, in fact, she wasn’t doing anything  consciously.

Caregiver Wisdom: Reaching the “End of the Road” with Peace & Dignity 


 

Family Caregiver Alliance

Deciding on the right kind of care for your situation

Caregiver Wisdom . . . on Control

We Caregivers Are Not the Ones in Control…

Caregiver Wisdom: The Really Good Caregiver

Family Caregiver Alliance

From the voice of a family caregiver

Dear Caregivers,

I feel there is a tendency to think that only caregiving at home from the beginning of an illness to the end of someone’s life is the best care.  And somehow that your devotion and love for someone is only measured by how long you can stand taking care of them. And that that care should only conclude when they pass away at home.  I think this is some really unrealistic thinking.

Caregiving and Ambiguous Loss

Introduction

Caregiving for a loved one can cause stress in many ways. To manage the stress—which we know can be dangerous to a caregiver’s health—we must first know what the problem is. Surprisingly, many caregivers of individuals with memory disorders or dementia report that the main problem is not the illness itself, but the ambiguity and uncertainty it causes.

Caregivers Count Too! Section 1: Definitions

What Do We Mean By.....

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) – everyday tasks related to personal care usually performed for oneself in the course of a normal day, including bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, walking, taking medications, and other personal care activities.

Caregivers Count Too! Toolkit - Introduction

Introduction

We now know that family caregiving impacts the physical and mental health, finances, career and other family and social relationships of the caregiver. However, few programs offer caregivers an assessment of their own situations to assist them in providing quality care. Restrictions on resources may influence an agency’s response to caregiver needs, but much depends on how we view caregivers in general. Are family members seen merely as a resource, or as people with needs and rights of their own?

Sea prudente...¡Vacúnese! (Be Wise...Immunize!)

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