Aug 20, 2012

Over 1,200 Alzheimer's Caregivers are Born Each Day

Because your brain is being bombarded with so much negative it is easy to conclude that the situation is hopeless. It is easy to feel like you would rather hide, or run away.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room


Over 1,200 Alzheimer's Caregivers are Born Each Day
One thing I notice on message boards is that there are newly born Alzheimer's caregivers each day. Mostly they are searching for help. Like the majority of us they just don't know what to do. The good news is these newbies that are writing on message boards are seeking help and support.

What do you say to a person that just received the diagnosis? How do you help?

For me, I decided early on that I had to accomplish three missions: understand dementia, learn how to cope with my mother, and then the most important of them all, learn how to communicate effectively with Dotty.

Looking back, it took me much longer than I would have expected. Looking back it appears you could divide my eight plus year journey in half.

The first half of my journey was filled with burden; and then, I spent the second half of my journey finding Joy.

The real question, how do we help the over 1,200 caregivers that are newly born each day?



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I first wrote publicly in 2009 about my own metamorphosis as an Alzheimer's caregiver. The article, The Metamorphosis of This Alzheimer's Caregiver, describes my early mindset, and my early actions.

You are welcome to read and share the article with others. The links in the article point to additional information which describes my emerging mind set and thinking.

One thing is clear to me now. Alzheimer's brings with it a state of confusion, denial, guilt, and a real sense of hopelessness.

Because your brain is being bombarded with so much negative it is easy to conclude that the situation is hopeless. It is easy to feel like you would rather hide, or run away.

One key is what you feed your brain. The brain is no different than the stomach. So, if you are constantly receiving negative feedback, and thinking negative thoughts then you will remain in a state of "enormous burden".

On the other hand, if you decide to live, to live life, you can then focus on what can be done, and stop focusing on what can't be undone.

This article might help you develop a better mindset -- Alzheimer's and the Importance of Thinking Positive.



Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. The ARR knowledge base contains more than 3,811 articles with more than 312,100 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

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