November is National Caregivers Month

November is National Caregivers Month. We can start early. Together we can make a difference.

Adopt A Caregiver, be a friend. Listen to the caregivers who are lonely, depressed, and wondering what is going to happen next in their lives. Evey day is a struggle. Emotions can run high, and there is no outlet.

We can help. A friend is somene who does not judge, who listens, who is there. A simple hello does wonders for morale. Especially now that winter is on it’s way.

My brochures came today, and they are beautiful. Thank you Allison. I’m giving them out, trying to reach as many people as possible. Spreading the word, one person at a time. The seeds are taking root.

Comments about Behind the Mask, my secret journal, come in regularly. I started my new book, Adopt A Caregiver, and I’m using as many stories and comments as I can. They are so important. No one understands until they stand in the caregivers shoes.

We must lift the stigma from Alzheimer’s Disease. We must remember that it is the disease talking, not the person. One of the problems is they look the same, dress the same, walk the same, but they are not the same. Sometimes they don’t even make sense. And asking the same questions every few minutes, well, we would all lose patience. It takes courage and compassion to be a caregiver. Lets try to help them, those who are so busy caring for others, they have no time for themselves.

Let do it before November’s National Caregivers Month.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Alzheimer's Association says Go Purple

The Alzheimer’s Association says that Sunday September 21st is ‘go purple’ day. I love purple, my home has a lot of purple, many of my clothes are purple and Behind The Mask has a purple cover.

I had forgotten that Alzheimer’s Association is purple connected. When my granddaughter was asked to do the cover for my book, Behind The Mask, she said, “Gram, your favorite color is purple, can we do the book cover in purple?”

“Of course I said, I love purple.” And she designed the cover in purple. I hope the Alzheimer’s Association likes it.

On September 18th the Alzheimer’s Association is coming out with an Alzheimer’s stamp. Please buy them and help the cause.

You can help my new journey, Adopt A Caregiver, just by spreading the word. Plant the seed by word of mouth and our persistence and courage will see us through.

We don’t want to leave the caregiver alone and depressed. No one in our community should have to go through this alone. We can help. All it takes is a few minutes of your time. Send an email, a joke, be a friend. Help those who are feeling alone and helpless.

Lets wipe away some of the caregivers tears. We can help each other right in our own community.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

The Journal was my Journey

My secret journal was my journey. When my husband was suddenly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease I started my secret journal. Seven years later, when they changed the diagnosis I shoed him the journal, and he said, “Publish this.”

I finally did several more years later and now I’m embarked on a new journey. Starting with my own community I want everyone to Adopt A Caregiver. That is my vision for the future. Too many caregivers are alone and depressed. People call and ask, “How is the patient today?” Does anyone ask how you are doing?

One by one by word of mouth, which is so potent, I am planting the seed. Adopt A Caregiver and it is going to grow and spread with your help.

My vision for the future is to wipe away all the caregivers tears.

Every community can do this. Read my book, Behind The Mask, see what it feels like to be a new caregiver. Then and only then will you know how to be compassionate. Send an email, encourage caregivers to write in a journal to get their feelings out. Send them a journal with a bright colored pen, tell them to vent. Be a friend, listen, care, that’s all I ask.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene