I think it is safe to say that I have a unique perspective on how Alzheimer's caregivers think, feel, and act.
I am greatly heartened.
To give to the person living with Alzheimer's the highest quality of life possible.
Typing those words makes my heart soar.
I also know from my discussions that many caregivers do not fully understand what they are accomplishing each day. The wonder of it all.
In other words, they are doing everything they can to provide the highest quality of life to their loved one; but they don't really think about this consciously. The importance of their effort.
While caring we accomplish more than most people could ever imagine.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room
The typical Alzheimer's caregiver through their actions and their constant search for tips, advice, and insight is on a mission. They want to identify everything and anything that can help them improve daily life.
Let me ask YOU the caregiver, are you conscious of this vision and mission? Are you consciously articulating your vision and mission?
If not, you should try to do so.
I receive a lot of emails from Alzheimer's caregivers that clearly indicate they are in a state of angst. They often feel like they are not doing enough.
Pamela Kelly wrote these words in an article “Good enough”, Alzheimer's Caregiver Respite Is Not Optional.
This started me thinking, what is good enough? In my opinion, if you are trying your best to provide the best quality of life possible for someone suffering from Alzheimer's or the other types of dementia -- that is good enough.
Never perfect, nonetheless good enough.
I know from my own personal experience, from reading emails, and discussing Alzheimer's with thousands of Alzheimer's caregivers that most of us are trying as hard as we can to provide the highest quality of life possible.
I understand that the realization of this vision and mission is often obscured by the sinister nature of Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's often confuses us, disconcerts us, and tries to stop of us from achieving our current purpose in life. The highest quality of life possible.
I believe if you are doing the best you can, that is good enough.
Together we can discover ways to do more. I believe we can, and I know we will.
But right now, I want you to ask yourself a simple question, are you trying to provide your loved one with the best life possible under the circumstances?
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Bob DeMarco is the Founder and Editor of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR). Bob is a recognized influencer, speaker, and expert in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Community Worldwide. The ARR Knowledge Base contains more than 5,000 articles. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.To learn more about Alzheimer's and Dementia visit the Alzheimer's Reading Room.