Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Caregivers 101

Caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer's is rewarding and challenging. We have been taking care of our mother/grandma for over three years. We have learned many things in our walk and one of the most important thing is taking care of ourselves. Know that you will go thorough many emotions love, fear, disappointment, sadness, laughter, guilt, empathy and sympathy.
  1. First have someone that you can talk to. Don't try to hold all of what you are going through inside. Try to find someone who is taking care of someone with Alzheimer's so that they will understand. Friends and family who have never taken care of someone will not understand.
  2. Take time for yourself. Have a friend, relative or someone you trust give you a break. Go to the movies, take a walk along the beach, treat yourself to a massage, get a manicure. It will help you relax and go back fresh.
  3. Check out your local city and see if they have an Alzheimer's Association Branch. http://www.alz.org They have lots of information, meetings you can attend with or without your loved ones. Books and videos.
If you just start out with these 3 simple steps, it will make it easier for you to keep on going. We are here to talk if you have any questions, you can email us or leave comments on our blog.

Be blessed,
Samantha and Mom

3 comments:

Daisy said...

My great-grandma has Alzheimer's. But she lives in a nursing home near my grandma in Wyoming. My grandma visits her there every day. Sometimes I send her presents from me.

You must be a wonderful caregiver.

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

Hi Samantha! It is nice to meet you. I'm sorry it took so long to visit. These are great tips. My mommy's grandpa suffered from Alzheimer's. It was tough on everyone.
We're sending you good thoughts.
Hi Tigger too! We likes your mommy's magnet. We don't have any little blurpy things yet, and I'm in no hurry to share my space with one.
Welcome to the Blogosphere! We're sorry you were introduced during such a sad week. Even tho we've never met, we're all very supportive of one another. I hope you like blogging as much as I do. Don't worry about mistakes and misspellings, we're cats after all! I try to have my typist (aka Mommy) do most of my work.
Stop by and visit sometime!
www.mrhendrixthekitty.blogspot.com

PS I see you found the Tuxedo Gang! That is a great group. I'm a "House Panther" myself.

ML (Mary Lynn) said...

You can save and post the brown ribbon to your blog, that's what I am going to do.
Stop by and say hi to my two cats, Missy and KC.
Enjoyed your advice for caregivers, too.
My husband suffered a major stroke at age 50 that left him paralyzed on the left side. I had to quit a great job and career to care for him. Although not as challenging as caring for an Alzheimer's patient, he does have mental lapses that are very trying. Also, it's just a lot of work caring for someone who has the use of only one hand.
ML (Mary Lynn)