Alzheimer’s caregivers are different
Bob DeMarco at Alzheimer’s Reading Room (www .alzheimersreadingroom.com) recently wrote a great post about how Alzheimer’s caregivers are different. Here is what he wrote:
“Alzheimer’s caregivers are different. We are.
“Alzheimer’s caregivers change. We change as we come to understand the importance of our mission. We grow emotionally, and we evolve. I believe Alzheimer’s caregivers receive a call. The reason behind the call is often elusive, hard to understand, and difficult to discover.
“Why me? Why Alzheimer’s?
“Regardless, the majority of us answer the call. We are the one. The reason for this call varies by person. Maybe it is as simple as learning how to be patient. Or maybe it’s more complex, like learning how to care.
“Each Alzheimer’s caregiver has a starting point. Some Alzheimer’s caregivers rise to the task at hand as seamlessly as the sun coming up in the morning. Some come kicking and screaming — lamenting their own sad and uncertain fate. In most cases, I learned that Alzheimer’s caregivers have a strong and deep desire to care. It is my belief that “the deep” is embedded within each of us. It is there and awaiting the call to action.
“I watch, right here in the Alzheimer’s Reading Room, as each person rises to the occasion. This happens, for the most part, regardless of starting point.
“Alzheimer’s caregivers develop a strong attachment with each other. We understand. We know what it is like to live the life of an Alzheimer’s caregiver.
“I often marvel at the strong attachment Alzheimer’s caregivers have with each other. They start to stick to each other like glue. This stickiness is a result of the strong aura that each Alzheimer’s caregiver emits.
“We need each other.
“Here is something else I learned:Alzheimer’s caregivers are admired and respected.
“In order to become an effective Alzheimer’s caregiver you must allow this strong and “deep desire within” to come to the surface. To rise up, and out of you, from deep inside.”
If you are a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, please consider joining us for this upcoming presentation:
The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Reality, presentation is from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Hastings United Methodist Church.
This presentation will not focus on the disease itself, but on understanding the parts of the brain impacted by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and how that is often reflected in the behavior of those who have the disease. Bring your stories, and we’ll try to decode the behavior and hopefully make life easier for those with Alzheimer’s and related dementia and for those who care for them.