The Silent Cry of the Caregiver – AARP

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Challenges of Providing Care for Spouse or Parents – AARP.

A 2012 issue of AARP The Magazine contained an exceptional and gritty article about caregiving.  The focus is primarily on the role a spouse plays in taking care of a dying spouse – in this case, a wife with ovarian cancer – but the caregiver may also be attending to an ailing spouse or parent with a debilitating disease such as Alzheimer’s or other dementia.

Sick woman in bedIn the article linked above, Bill Newcott discusses how he hunkered down and tried to fix what ailed his wife.  The first paragraph of the article will grab you:

It’s the one vow that can really come back and bite you in the butt: “…in sickness and in health.”  On your wedding day the phrase conjures up visions of tiptoeing into a sun-drenched bedroom with lunch on a tray for your wife…What you don’t expect it to mean is crouching in the harsh fluorescent glare of a hospital treatment room and holding her head to yours, trying not to faint as a technician inserts a large needle between her ribs to suction two liters of fluid from her lungs.”

The role of a caregiver is one that not many will be able to avoid.  Currently across America 43.5 million people are caring for a loved one who is 50 years or older.  I’ve done it.  My brother’s done it.  Chances are, you’re doing it too.

AARP Caregiving Resource Center  is a magnificent tool for all of you who are involved in caregiving.  If you’re sitting there saying you don’t have time to check out this caregiving resource, you need it more than you can imagine.

Please start taking care of yourself and check out the resources that have been developed just for you.

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6 thoughts on “The Silent Cry of the Caregiver – AARP

    Caregiving and the Super Bowl | Baby Boomers and More said:
    January 31, 2015 at 8:31 am

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    blessedbebeth - Middlescapes.com said:
    October 17, 2012 at 11:01 am

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      boomer98053 said:
      October 17, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Thank you! I will check it out! I love writing about experiences I’ve had and sharing information that HOPEFULLY will prove valuable for all. After two encounters with Alzheimer’s in my family (father & sister-in-law) in the past eight years, I’m hoping to get a rest from such close proximity to the disease.

    Room by Room | middlescapes said:
    October 17, 2012 at 8:29 am

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      boomer98053 said:
      October 17, 2012 at 11:28 am

      It’s always wonderful receiving feedback, especially the encouraging ones! Thank you so much.

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