Dementia’s grip on independence is slow and steady… and irreversible. But it’s not just the diagnosed who lose their independence: it’s also their caregivers. So what’s the positive spin to help us get through this battle? Well.. there are a few, actually.
CareLiving and the Campbell family wish a happy and healthy Father’s Day to all of the fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers, brothers, uncles and friends who are living with or have passed on due to Alzheimer’s and dementia. This year, our first without Glen, we asked the CareLiving community to send in their own photos to post alongside our own…
The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication.” What an appropriate time to reflect on this passing year and the dedication that 15 million caregivers in the United States selflessly show to their husbands, wives, fathers, mothers and friends who are living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
With Valentine’s Day approaching, I was thinking about how wonderful it is to be in love and what a gift it is to be able to express your love to someone. Glen’s song, There’s No Me Without You, took on a deeper meaning for both of us as his sense of self began to diminish due to Alzheimer’s.
Relating the challenges and story of Mary and Joseph with the responsibilities of Caregivers helps us find meaning and inspiration during the holidays. Wishing everyone Peace and a Merry Christmas from Kim Campbell and CareLiving.org!
I have a 2 ½ month old baby girl (Glen’s great granddaughter!), so it’s not always easy for me to cook and entertain. This recipe is perfect for the holidays and is guaranteed to be loved by all. – Jessica Olson
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.
I spent Valentine’s Day with my sweetheart. We sat down at the table for lunch and Glen bowed his head to pray. Glen said, “Oh, thank you, thank you, Heavenly Father!” The dining room went silent. The care associates stopped what they were doing. Glen continued on, “Thank you, thank you!” We all joined in,…