Dr. Tam Cummings explains what Compassion Fatigue is and offers a simple test where caregivers can see if they might be showing signs of this common but rarely spoken about medical condition.
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
Life as a caregiver can often feel like no life at all. In essence, you are sacrificing your own life to care for someone else. If you feel like you are making enormous sacrifices, you’re doing something right.
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!
It’s very important for caregivers to protect their own health, both mentally and physically. Don’t become the second victim. Guard your heart and mind! As a woman of faith I rely heavily on this passage from the Bible to find peace and happiness…
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.