While we continue to stay at home and practice social/physical distancing, we wanted to share some information about what we can do as caregivers, to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. Below are a few resources and articles we have found helpful:
Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday. We know this year has been challenging for everyone. Often the holiday season can add more complexity to the juggling act of caregiving for our loved ones. It is times these that we rely on community and each other. Let's take the time to be thankful for the helping angels in our life, friends and family, and those fleeting moments of peace. While we are staying at home and practicing social/physical distancing there are some things we can do to take care of ourselves and our loved ones.
Below are a few resources and articles we have found helpful:
AARP 7 Ways Caregivers Can Create that Holiday Feeling Amid the Pandemic
Make frequent contact
Avoid all-or-nothing thinking
Focus on activities that mean the most
Create a mood with holiday decorations
Take your traditions virtually
Shop online together
Start new traditions
HomeInstead 5 Tips for Working Family Caregivers Seeking Work/Life Balance
Talk with your employer.
Discuss a backup plan.
Ask for help.
Also, here's a couple of articles from Aging Care and Alzheimer's Association with some great ideas of navigating taking care of oneself and loved ones. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season.
We hope you are safe and healthy during this time of global crisis. As we continue to navigate these extraordinary times, we rely on community and each other now more than ever. While we are at home, practicing social/physical distancing we wanted to share some things we can all do to take care of ourselves and our loved ones.
Although caregiving can be challenging, some caregivers have gotten creative: A woman in Florida who took a job as a dishwasher so she could spend time with her husband. In Newsweek, a mother of four shares her experience caring for her mother with Alzheimer's and bringing multiple generations together.
Here are a few resources we have found to be helpful:
For people living with dementia, increased confusion is often the first symptom of any illness. If a person living with dementia shows rapidly increased confusion, contact your health care provider for advice.
People living with dementia may need extra and/or written reminders and support to remember important hygienic practices from one day to the next.
Ask your pharmacist or doctor about filling prescriptions for a greater number of days to reduce trips to the pharmacy.
Think ahead and make alternative plans for the person with dementia should adult daycare, respite, etc. be modified or canceled in response to COVID-19.
Think ahead and make alternative plans for care management if the primary caregiver should become sick.
Also, here's a couple of articles from AARP and Elder Care Alliance with some great ideas of navigating taking care of oneself and loved ones.
We want to thank all of you, our community of support, for your generosity, love, and kindness. Due to your ongoing support, we have been able to continue to serve caregivers through our work. So many people have been reaching out to us this holiday season to thank our family and our team here at the Genius of Caring for the support and validation they have felt through watching The Genius of Marian and other projects we have produced. It was a reminder of how much my mother's spirit is still driving this project. She was a gifted social worker and an amazing listener. She helped people believe in themselves and cultivated strong and supportive community networks and friendships. I am so proud of what we have been able to accomplish as a community and I am excited to continue to grow and learn into 2020 and beyond.
Our team will soon be releasing an additional portrait to the site, Chuck and Dolores English who we have introduced to you in previous reports. As you may remember Dolores and Chuck were a warm, giving, loving couple that had been together for 36 years. Chuck passed away from late-stage Lewy Body dementia. Dolores has been very committed to helping other family caregivers and believes her and Chuck's portrait can help others. We feel honored to have met them and look forward to sharing their story.
We wish you and your loved ones Happy Holidays!
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