Alzheimer’s can feel like a marathon where someone keeps moving the finish line further and further away. I realize now that it’s not a marathon – it’s a relay race.
We are physical, intellectual and spiritual beings. Don’t neglect to take care of yourself on any of these levels. When it comes to the physical side, find the outlet that works best for you – but I hope you dance!
Perhaps it’s serendipitous that Glen played guitar on this Byrds record more than 50 years ago and it’s just now resonating with me as a caregiver. As the seasons turn, so must we turn away from defeat and depression as caregivers.
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.
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…
God first, others second, I’m Third. This is the motto my kids were taught when they went to Camp Kanakuk during the summers. “I’m third” goes without saying when you’re a caregiver! It seems we’re always doing everything for everyone except ourselves! By serving others with the right heart, we will receive blessings beyond measure. God first: The first…