For the Caregiver: No one teaches you how to do this. It’s often a thankless, arduous job that affects you emotionally, physically, financially and spiritually. The most you can do is your best, and sometimes, even that is hard. We’ve been there, too, and we can help make your job easier. Listen to these voices of experience and maybe you will discover something that applies to your own situation. Let other people help you with your load. It’s okay to ask, we promise! Finally, remember that to take care of others, you must also take care of yourself.
Sometimes it is hard to ask for help, or even to know what to ask for when you are in the midst of dealing with a serious illness. There are several things you can do to help a caregiver focus on taking care of the patient while you assist with the every day things View Post >
Another entry from the beautiful, brave Jen about doing the right thing to take care of her parents… I was driving illegally. I had failed my driver’s exam in high school and it traumatized me enough to keep me from ever going back. But now, here I was, in my late twenties, in View Post >
Today’s feature is written by a longtime friend and pretty wonderful person, Kara Wehby Shuror. Kara shares with MNU her experience as one of her mother’s caregivers during her last years with Alzheimer’s disease. Thank you, Kara, for being brave and sharing your story. My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s View Post >
If you or someone you love is grappling with a serious illness, or even if you are perfectly healthy and all is well, you still need to have your affairs in order. A lot of people resist this for many reasons: 1) You have plenty of time (you don’t) 2) View Post >
Here’s one from the archives that bears repeating… Being a caregiver is a tough and often thankless job. As a spouse or a parent or a child, taking care of loved ones is a responsibility that is often expected and though you do it with love, who really is trained in taking care of View Post >
Friends: Today’s post is by one of our talented guest contributors, Colleen Quill. Imagine you were about to leave for a family vacation, the first in ten years. You were excited to go swim with dolphins and have everyone together. You couldn’t wait to get on the plane, so you got up to View Post >