Vision For The Future

My vision is that every community 55 and older who have caregiver support groups, would have an Adopt A Caregiver program.

It would be wonderful if people in the community would contact the support group leader and say, “I hear someone needs a friend. I’d like to Adopt A Caregiver.”

Just think how easy and awesome this vision is.

There is nothing to join, nothing to pay, and no commitment, except to yourself.

This works in your community, your church, your synagogue, anywhere there are caregivers. Everyone knows a caregiver, but do you know how they feel? Behind The Mask is my secret journal, and when you read it, you are standing in a caregivers shoes. This is every new caregivers story. You will stand in their shoes and know what they are going through. All the things they never talk about..

For those in the later stages of Alzheimer’s Disease I recommend Lauren Kessler’s inspiring book, Living In The Land Of Alzheimer’s, a true story.

Word of mouth is potent, this is how my words about Adopt A Caregiver are getting out to the public. Please help someone who can’t help themselves.

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