ALZHEIMER’S, YOUR PARENTS AND THEIR CAREGIVER EDUCATION
“Mom did really well while I was at Caregiver College last night,” Dad says proudly to me into the phone.
“Oh, that’s right,” I reply. “Your first class! Did Mom go with you?”
“Better than that,” Dad answers. “You remember our friends Kay and Johanna? Well, they really helped me out. Kay stayed with Mom at the house, and Jo and I went to class together.”
“And how did Mom do with Kay?”
“She did great. They played Rummikub, drank coffee, and sang together. Mom and Kay have always gotten along well.”
With a little trepidation, I dig deeper. “And how did class go for you and Jo?”
“There was a lot of information. A lot of paper,” Dad says, revealing some underlying anxiety. “Plus I was worried about your Mom.”
“Sounds like it took a lot of effort to concentrate on the class, Dad.”
“Yes. Lucky for me, Jo took all of the handouts home with her. She is going to summarize them and mail me her notes. You know, so I remember what I need to do.”
“Dad, you are blessed to have such good friends,” I say. (And I think to myself: so are we.)
Thank you, good Lord, for sending these dear friends to love and support both of my parents.
Often, friends want to help but have yet to know how. Here’s a suggestion. Encourage them to help make it possible for your Alzheimer’s Caregiver to attend caregiver education classes. Caregiver education is critical for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver because this disease affects so many aspects of their Loved One’s life. Caregiver classes present an opportunity for Caregivers to learn, accept and prepare for a future where their Loved One’s thinking, decision making, memory, emotions, hygiene, physical health, safety and more will be disrupted by this disease.
Can you encourage or enlist your parent’s friends to support the Alzheimer’s Caregiver in your life, as he or she prepares for the Alzheimer’s caregiving journey?