Sunday at 4 PM on @960thepatriot: You're invited to listen with @AgingInAZ hosting an interview with Regina Ralston, Director of Community Relations, from About Seniors, LLC Elder Placement Consultants and Emil Authelet, therapist and Author of the book, "When the Caregiver becomes the Patient".
“Caregiving is like a kaleidoscope that continually changes dimensions with each turn. Throughout this uncertain journey, receiving support from others may be the one constant factor that keeps you on track.”…….as you know, I was a caregiver support group facilitator for many years. One of the questions I heard often was “why should I go to a support group”?
Caregivers are usually going over and above meeting the needs of that special person we love who is contending with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s or the other disease paths necessitating our help. Often, we give up taking care of our own needs because it is easier or we are just too weary to do more. Or, we may feel guilty if we take time away from our loved one to do something just for ourselves. We might even feel selfish....
If something should happen to you or your loved one, that can be a time of stress and you would not want to have to worry about finding appropriate paperwork. With that in mind, here is a list which might start you getting those items in order. About Seniors also provides Free preparation and familiarization with options for a dependent loved one, should a caregiver or spouse be faced with their own medical or personal emergencies.
As a Caregiver Coach and as a former caregiver, I have always advocated for the caregiver. When you hear the statistic that 67% of family caregivers die before the person they are caring for, it can be alarming. Those can be symptoms of caregiver fatigue. Do not wait until you or your loved one is in a critical situation and your choices become limited and more complicated by stress and time.