Deep inside each one of us is the memory of how the holidays used to be and the desire to celebrate – but when you’re a caregiver, celebrating may feel counter-intuitive. Here are some CareLiving tips to enjoying the holidays with your loved ones.
As I celebrate this Thanksgiving with my husband, I will look into his eyes, hold his hand, kiss him, share a meal and be truly be grateful for the life we’ve shared and the children and grandchildren God has given us.
When you spend most of your time thinking about what other people need, it feels good to be a little selfish for an hour. – Ashley Campbell shares her thoughts on yoga for caregivers and a video of her father Glen trying it for himself …
We shouldn’t assume that because someone has lost their ability to remember, think, reason and speak, that they are incapable of connecting to a spiritual reality above and beyond what we ourselves can see. – Tony Janicki
It took me a long time to let go of the illusion that I was in control. God was gracious and patient with me, waiting until I came to the end of my own resources. My faith was bigger than my mother’s illness. – Ann Campanella
How do you celebrate your 34th wedding anniversary with someone who has lost his memories to Alzheimer’s and by his own words says, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”? Kim shares thoughts, memories and a letter from Glen.
The work was endless during the years that my mother had Alzheimer’s, but it was something I could not NOT do. I loved my mother, and her comfort was as important as my own. Part three of Lessons From My Mother
There’s no getting around it. Caring for another person is hard work. It wasn’t easy but it was what she needed. And it was what I needed to do for her. – Guest contributor Ann Campanella shares part two of Lessons From My Mother
After the initial diagnosis of dementia, an unexpected hurdle may be breaching the subject of taking away a loved one’s driving privileges. Find a gentle way to keep them off the road – for their sake, and ours!
If you ask most people if they’d want to relive the years when their loved one had Alzheimer’s, you’d most likely get a resounding, “No!” That’s my first response too. But, if I give myself time to let the question penetrate deeper into my heart, my answer is different.