Aug 12, 2013

The Sweet Aroma of Alzheimer's Care

I often marvel at the strong attachment Alzheimer's caregivers have with each other. They start to stick to each other like glue. This stickiness is a result of the strong scent that each of us emits.

By Bob DeMarco
+Alzheimer's Reading Room

The Sweet Aroma of Alzheimer's Care

Alzheimer's caregivers are different. We are.

Alzheimer's caregivers change. We change as we come to understand the importance of our mission. We grow emotionally, and we evolve.

I believe Alzheimer's caregiver receive a call. The reason behind the call is often elusive, hard to understand, and difficult to discover.

Why me? Why Alzheimer's?

Regardless, the majority of us answer the call. We are the ONE.

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The reason for this call varies by person.

Maybe it is as simple as learning how to be patient. Or maybe its more complex, like learning how to love.

Each Alzheimer's caregiver has a starting point. Some Alzheimer's caregivers rise to the task at hand as seamlessly as the sun coming up in the morning. Some come kicking and screaming -- lamenting their own sad and uncertain fate.

In most cases, I learned that Alzheimer's caregivers have a strong and deep desire to care.

It is my belief that "the deep" is embedded within each of us. It is there and awaiting the call to action.

I watch, right here on this blog, as each person rises to the occasion. This happens, for the most part, regardless of starting point.
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Alzheimer's caregivers develop a strong attachment with each other. We understand. We know what it is like to live the life of an Alzheimer's caregivers.

I often marvel at the strong attachment Alzheimer's caregivers have with each other. They start to stick to each other like glue. This stickiness is a result of the strong scent that each Alzheimer's caregiver emits.

An aura.

The aroma of care.


This strong attachment is evidenced each and every day on the Alzheimer's Reading Room. We need each other.

Here is something else I learned.

Alzheimer's caregivers are admired and respected.

In order to become an effective Alzheimer's caregiver you must allow this strong and "deep desire within" to come to the surface. To rise up, and out of you, from deep inside.

Your comments, insights, and reactions are welcome below in the comments section.
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 4,000 articles. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.
Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room