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Family Caregivers Face incredible daily challenges…
Whether caregiving for a loved one, be it your kids, a friend, or an elderly parent, it can be quite a feat even if you know what you are doing.
a 2 minute read…
I don’t think the WHY one needs to properly plan for this devastating disease is any longer debated or doubted, rather the HOW becomes the central hub of both debate and action around this topic.
However if you are still questioning why you may need to prepare for future Alzheimer’s care here are some hair-raising stats:
As Dementia percolates through your Mom’s brain, it systematically destroys everything in its path, every cell containing every memory, and every memory linking to precious moments …until it eventually gets to those neurons where memories of you as a child, a young woman, your graduation, wedding and birth of your children reside. These memories are now all gone!
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Caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia it’s like an Iron Man race you can’t train for, and where tempo and speed shift on you with no heads up, warning, and you have to be ready.
Needless to say caregiving for someone with dementia will either evolve you as a human being, or it will consume you.
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Before we start let me make this point first…
EMPATHY (…the rare ability some humans possess to walk in someone else’s shoes) will always, always be your most effective weapon against the negativity, toxicity, anger, and personal attacks that may come your way from an elderly parent or a loved one you’re caring for.
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RAISE Family Caregivers Act – Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage.
Over 37 billion hours of care to loved ones were provided in 2013 by family caregivers… an estimated value of $470 billion.
Here’s the thing, of those 37 billion hours of care, almost 100% were provided out of love, necessity and obligation, but none of them had any productivity value, on the contrary. All those hours were taken away from someone else’s job, time with family, and lifestyle in general.
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Let’s start with this quick fact, which I find critical in understanding a future that may very well resemble yours.
“When asked if they had a choice in taking on the responsibility to provide care for their loved one, half of caregivers self-reported they had NO choice in taking care of their caregiving responsibilities.”
But what’s this got to do with you
Accompanying elderly patients to the doctor can be challenging if you’re not prepared. Here are some recommendations for making you a pro at doctor visits.
IT’S LIKE TAKING YOUR KIDS TO THE DOCTOR
My role as a caregiver to my parents began gradually. At first, I started accompanying them to their doctor visits and eventually, I became their sole medical historian and health surrogate.