Handling LBD Alone

The word caregiver is defined by Merriam Webster as “a person who provides direct care (as for children, elderly people, or the chronically ill.” And while that definition is true, it lacks the profusion of sacrifices, effort and emotional strain that every caregiver must endure. One of the most resilient caregivers is Amy Washuta, a … Continue reading Handling LBD Alone

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The Stages of Caregiving

Stage one of a patient: forgetfulness. Stage one of a caregiver: shock and skepticism. Stage two of a patient: changes in habits, confusion about day, time, place, and moodiness. Stage two of a caregiver: handling frustration and developing an understanding of the disease. Stage three of a patient: need round-the-clock care. Stage three of a … Continue reading The Stages of Caregiving

The Help of a Fidget Quilt

The human body is resilient, but Phillip Lawrence’s mind was even stronger. Phillip Lawrence was a veteran, motorcycle enthusiast, traveler, and an unreserved lover of life. The motorcycle accident that would change his life, handicap him and leave him unable to walk was not strong enough to crush his spirit. After the accident, he continued … Continue reading The Help of a Fidget Quilt

Dan’s Caregiver Video Blog

Two of our heroes here at the Georgia Chapter, are Dan and his wife Denise. Denise was diagnosed with dementia at the young age of 56, about 3 1/2 years ago. Since then, their lives have changed dramatically. Inspired to use their voices about this terrible disease, both Dan and Denise have become Champions and Advocates … Continue reading Dan’s Caregiver Video Blog

Caregiver Coping Part 4: “Take Care of Yourself”

* This is the fourth and final installment in a series where we will be discussing some realistic ways that Caregivers can cope with the stresses of care-giving. Okay, I said it. You need to take care of yourself. If you are a caregiver, you may be rolling your eyes at this point, or laughing maniacally … Continue reading Caregiver Coping Part 4: “Take Care of Yourself”

Caregiver Coping Part 3: Reach Out For Help

* This is the third installment in a series where we will be discussing some realistic ways that Caregivers can cope with the stresses of care-giving. Reaching out for help - it sounds simple, right? There are actually some pretty significant barriers that caregivers might have to overcome before they reach out for help. The … Continue reading Caregiver Coping Part 3: Reach Out For Help

Caregiver Coping Part 1: Education

* This is the first installment in a series where we will be discussing some realistic ways that Caregivers can cope with the stresses of care-giving.   When you become a caregiver - whether it be sudden or gradual - there is typically a pretty significant learning curve. All of a sudden, you may be … Continue reading Caregiver Coping Part 1: Education

“People Tell Me to Take Care of Myself…Yeah Right!”

Caregivers hear it often - "You should take care of yourself!" "Well how, exactly, am I supposed to do that?", many caregivers wonder to themselves as they politely smile and nod. It's true. It seems impossible. Care-giving is not just a full-time job, sometimes it is a bunch of full-time jobs. Are you the nurse? The … Continue reading “People Tell Me to Take Care of Myself…Yeah Right!”

Living and Loving with Alzheimer’s Disease: Kim’s Story

Phil and Kim Wilson have been happily married for seven years. Their home in Rome, Georgia is recognizable for its well-tended garden, ablaze with vibrant colors. Kim's children live nearby along with her grandchildren - 3 boys: Mason, Oliver and Dexter. Phil and Kim have a close-knit family and a wide circle of friends and colleagues, … Continue reading Living and Loving with Alzheimer’s Disease: Kim’s Story

Being a Long-Distance Caregiver

“Something is wrong with mom!”  The realization is frightening no matter where you are, but especially when you live far away from a loved one exhibiting signs of dementia. What can you do when you live hours away and a phone conversation with your loved one turns into a confusing jumble of past conversations or … Continue reading Being a Long-Distance Caregiver