Communities Come Together

Adopt A Caregiver. Give the gift that lasts forever, and costs nothing. Tell them your friend Helene sent you.

Yes, my dream, my vision, but so attainable. One person can make a difference, with a little bit of help.

How can you help? Use your community. What is a community? A community is where you live, where you work, where you go to school, where you play Mah Jongg, Poker, Golf, cards, where you congregate for work or fun.

There are men, women, and children who are caregivers. They think no one understands what they are going through. That’s true, you never really know, unless you stand in their shoes. I think that is one reason I published my book, Behind The Mask. It’s one woman’s secret account of her thoughts and emotions and  love for her husband. I hope it helps others understand what a caregiver is going through.

They don’t want to talk about it, they don’t want to be a burden, they don’t want you to see them cry. Most of the time, they don’t cry, they don’t vent, they don’t get their emotions out. All they do, is care for someone 24/7. Put yourself in their shoes one time, think about them.

There are caregivers in your community. Find them, befriend them, don’t judge them, let them vent, encourage them to journal, or talk, or cry.

There are more and more younger people being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, and other dementia. There is a stigma attached to Alzheimer’s Disease. I want that to disappear. I want to wipe away the tears and make life more pleasant for the caregiver.

Please help. How long does it take to email someone? A moment of your time, will give someone a lift knowing that someone is there to listen and to care.

I care! I want you to care too!

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Websites to look at:

http://www.regional.org/aging/index.htm

click on the candlelight and watch the video.

Other great sites to look at today are

www.tenderlovingeldercare.com

and

www.knittingdoctor.com

www.lifeprints.com

Composed of information, stories, and comfort. If you know some others, please let me know.

When you find a caregiver, please look at her/him in a different light. Remember these people are suffering, hurting, wondering what else is going to happen to them.Will you be there for them?

If you Adopt A Caregiver, you  give a gift that lasts a lifetime, and costs nothing!

More and more I’m getting questions and being asked how it’s going. It’s going well. One by one, we are going to make a difference. Word of mouth is still potent.

Since I’ve had this last bout of Chronic Fatigue for the last seven weeks, I’ve done very little, but hopefully I will start feeling better and get back into calling people and having them call me.

Adopt A Caregiver is my passion, my journey, my future, and my vision to help all caregivers. Today, tomorrow, one day it will make a difference. One person can do it; with a little bit of help. Are you listening? Are you willing to Adopt A Caregiver, just look around you, and you will find one. Tell them your friend Helene sent you.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Word Of Mouth

Adopt A Caregiver:

Word of mouth is potent. If I can plant a seed and watch it grow, it will be worthwhile.

One person can make a difference; with a little bit of help. We can’t wipe away all the tears from the caregivers faces, but we can do something to show we care. We can listen. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

Remember that caregivers are men, women, and children. Don’t forget the kids. They are starting to go back to school now, and if they are caregivers or caregivers helpers, they think no one understands what they are going through, and they keep it all inside. Do not leave them alone in their misery.

I know men who are dressing their wives, who have learned how to put makeup on for them, and sometimes they even spritz some perfume on just because they know their wives or mothers or grandmothers like the smell.

Remind caregivers to take care of themselves. Send and email, tell them you are here to listen, to let them vent, send them a list of things you could do for them. An email, or a card goes a long ways to making a caregiver smile.

If you want to Adopt A Caregiver, call the local Alzheimer’s support group in your neighborhood, tell them about Adopt A Caregiver, ask them to let  you adopt one. Or go to the Mayo Clinic, or the Alzheimer’s Association, the Cancer  website, remember a caregiver is a caregiver. They need our help and support. They are too tired, to depressed to go out to support group themselves, especially if they can’t find someone to sit with the patient.

My book Behind The Mask, is every new caregivers story.

Lauren Kessler’s book, Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer’s looks at life in an Alzheimer’s facility. It’s a marvelous  book, a different perspective. A great gift, something to read and ponder, to talk about at book groups. I loved it and I learned so much from her story. Thank you Lauren Kessler.

When I start my new book, Adopt A Caregiver, do you want me to post some portions of my story here? Let me know, send me an email, or comment at the end of this blog.

Keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I try to get the word out about my Adopt A Caregiver program.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Caregivers have courage. I admire them and I salute them. I hope my adopt a caregiver program reaches as many caregivers as possible. One by one we can do this together.

Their stories are both heartbreaking and heartwarming. As caregivers open up to me I try to get those stories out. Then hopefully people will start to adopt a caregiver.

As more people understand what caregivers are going through, they will be able to put themselves in the caregivers shoes. A simple email is all it takes. Say, I’m listening, I’m caring, and I will continue to write and be your friend. It only takes a few minutes of your time, and I guarantee that it will be self rewarding.

I am writing to four caregivers now, and those who have read my book, Behind The Mask, now tell me they never knew how hard it was. That is because we never talked about it, never opened up, never showed our pain and depression. Everyone else was doing their thing, having fun, going places, and caregivers don’t always have that option.

One person can make a difference, with a little help.

Send a caregiver an email, and I will thank you for that.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Behind The Mask, my secret journal is now available on my website.

http://helenemoore.com/41/

Happy Birthday To Me

Hard to write since I have stitches in one finger and two fingers are bound together, but just wanted to touch base.

I hope everyone has a good holiday and that you think about giving back and that one person can make a difference, with a little bit of help.

My personal adopt a caregiver has grown to four, It is very rewarding for me to receive emails back telling me how much they like my adopt a caregiver program.

Please write and tell me what your thoughts are regarding my program. Remember there is nothing to join, no money to send, no comittment except to yourself. Try it and see how good it makes you feel then let me know about your experience.

Keep love and kisses in your life, Helene

I am the birthday girl today.