ALZHEIMER’S, YOU AND YOUR SUPPORT
Recently, I had the honor of meeting two fine people who each had been an Alzheimer’s Caregiver to a Loved One. The woman had cared for her husband through Alzheimer’s; the man cared for his wife through Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). Their stories, their bravery, and their strength reminded me of the sturdy threads of love that link together all Caregiving efforts.
These lovely Caregivers gave me a special gift that day: a special moment of being understood. A moment where I could share my experiences as an adult child of someone with Alzheimer’s (I call myself an ‘Alzheimer’s Kid’). A moment when each one of us could nod in agreement that – yes – we had indeed all lived through many similar experiences.
It left me wondering…”Is this what it feels like to be part of a support group?”
You see, somehow, I stumbled through my Mom’s entire Alzheimer’s journey without ever knowing that all family members benefit from participating in an Alzheimer’s Support Group.
So today, I’m extending the invitation to you. If you are a Caregiver, or a Caregiver-to-the-Caregiver – call your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association (or your local Hospice or your local Assisted Living Facility) and ask for the time and location of an Alzheimer’s Support Group near you. Support Group acceptance helps you be more accepting with your Alzheimer’s Loved One. Is there a better gift can you give your Loved One than that?
As you look forward to your first meeting, re-read the stories below, and look forward to being part of a community of people who ‘get’ where you are and what you are living through.