Families should consider this simple proposition. If the Alzheimer's caregiver becomes sick physically or emotionally, who is going to step into the vacuum when the caregiver no longer has the ability to care for the Alzheimer's patient?....By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room
Mother's day weekend gives Alzheimer's caregivers an opportunity to discuss family caregiving issues with family and friends.
Two things should be made clear to family.
First, 40 percent of caregivers end up suffering from depression. Good families should be working together to make sure this doesn't happen. Four out of ten. The odds are stacked against you.
Families should consider this simple proposition. If the Alzheimer's caregiver becomes sick physically or emotionally, who is going to step into the vacuum when they no longer have the ability to care for the Alzheimer's patient?
Second, in order to communicate effectively with someone suffering from Alzheimer's you need to develop new communications skills. This takes time and effort. Failure to do this can cause an Alzheimer's patient to become miserable or mean. Poor communication can also cause Alzheimer's patients to deteriorate more rapidly. The inability to communicate effectively lowers the quality of life of a person suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
This website is full of articles and comments indicating that Alzheimer's patients are capable of "more" then is commonly known or considered. All family members should be aware of this.
I brought a series of articles that were written previously up on to the home page of the Alzheimer's Reading Room today.
I suggest that you ask family members to look at these articles and then to discuss them when the family gets together. If distance is an issue, you can still bring these articles into their awareness on Mother's day weekend and discuss them over the phone.
Whether its your Mother, Father, Spouse, or a friend this is a good time to discuss Alzheimer's issues and bring these issues out into the light of day.
You can share this article via email, print out this article and the articles below, or send the URL for this homepage to family and friends to help you accomplish this mission.
The best path to good effective Alzheimer's caregiving is open, honest, communication. If as a caregiver you are feeling lonely, abandoned, stressed, or just plain worn out this is an opportunity to bring these issues into the open.
At the end of day, the only thing you can do as an Alzheimer's caregiver is inform and enlighten others. You can lead them to water, but it is up to them to drink.
So lead. If they don't follow you will know that you tried.
As a caregiver you will know that you controlled what you can control -- You. Knowing that you did what you could do often brings feelings of accomplishment and releases you from under the dark cloud that is often a source of depression.
Blow those clouds away. Take action.
I hope these articles help. They are also listed in order on the home page today.
Bob DeMarco is the editor of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. Bob has written more than 1,400 articles with more than 9,000 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.
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