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This Week's Carenote - 6/3/14
I am 55 years old. My husband, 77, was diagnosed about
three years ago with dementia. I take care of him in our home
with the assistance of my son, who helps lift him because I
canít. I make sure he has his meds, drive him to appointments,
take him for rides in the car. He has been having lots of
problems lately with forgetting things. I sit about three feet
from him at night to keep an eye on him so he doesnít fall out
of his electric chair. He sleeps a lot. I am looking for a support
group online because itís difficult for me to get away and just
relax and talk to people. Thank you.
Shared by: Pat
The Alzheimer's Society has a group
for caregivers of those with Alzheimer's or dementia.
There is also a Great group called Family Care
that has a support group. Just be sure to sign up for
individual posts rather than the digestif you try it.
That is the one I am on now as my hubby who had EOAD has
been gone 8 years.
Shared by: Eileen
Check out both the on-line groups,
Inspire and Patients Like Me.
active family caregiver groups.
And/or talk to:
the outreach person at your church/place of
a social worker at a local hospice
(non-profit will probably be more responsive
to a call than a for-profit one, but they
should both have info and insight you can
the Family Caregiver Support Group
at your local Area Agency on
the local Alzheimer's Association
At all local agencies, ask to speak to
either a social worker or the intake person
(who will likely be a social worker, too).
Hope this info helps.
Shared by: Joe
I too sought an online group to chat with
those in similar positions. I found and
joined WellSpouse at:
Most of the caregivers
seem to be 45-85 years old, and many need
advice on how to do things that their spouse
used to handle. One of the best things I did
was to join one of the "Respite Weekends",
which was the first vacation I've had in
years! It was nice to be with a group of
people in the same boat.
Do give the organization
a look over. I am so glad to find people
that have the same thoughts and problems
that I do.