Adopt a Caregiver Answers

Still getting incredible comments on Behind The Mask. As I talk about my adopt a caregiver program people are getting more interested. How can I tell? They are starting to ask questions.

Do I have to sign up for the adopt a caregiver program? No, it’s an honor system. You do as much or as little as you want.

Do I have to make a definite committment? No, it’s all up to you.

When can I start? Adopt a caregiver has no starting point or ending point. Just find someone who is a caregiver and email them once or twice a week. As you get to know this person, it will get easier to find things to say. For instance, you can say that you care, that you are trying to understand what he/she is going through. You are a good listener, you have broad shoulders, and that it would be okay for the caregiver to spill his guts to you. But only when they feel safe, that they know you are really interested, that you will come back with another email and stay with them.

I found my first caregiver on the Alzheimer’s message boards, and I scrolled down until I found a message that called out to me. We have been writing ever since. My heart still cries for her because it’s been such a long long time. It’s depressing, discouraging, and lonely. I can tell you that is a fact.

My next caregiver lives in my neighborhood. You can find caregivers everywhere. Church, synagogue, neighborhood, family.

More and more young people are being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. If you want you could find someone to adopt. Ask your doctor. All my doctors have been helpful and think my project is a good one.

Give something back, adopt a caregiver.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

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