INTRODUCING THE CAREGIVER’S CORNER
As a caregiver for someone who has Alzheimer’s, the very first thing you must learn is how to hide your feelings and emotions. You have to become an actress/actor because you will realize very early on that whatever you are feeling the person with Alzheimer’s will mimic. If you are upset, then they become upset. If you are stressed then they will become stressed. So learning to hide those feelings can go a long way to keep peace and harmony.
It’s not always easy to do, but there is nothing easy about caregiving is there? Over time swallowing your emotions and feelings can lead to severe health problems. Things like ulcers, headaches, and depression can run rampart if you can’t find a way to let these feelings out.
As my own mother sinks further into the Alzheimer’s grasp I see more and more how keeping things happy and calm can change everything. It can make the difference between a good day and a really bad one.
A caregiver often times not only has to deal with the person who has Alzheimer’s, but also husbands, children, grandchildren, jobs, bills and a whole list of other responsibilities that we have to try and manage as well. It can become so overwhelming if you don’t have a safe place where you can talk about the things that are bothering you without hurting anyone’s feelings. A place where you can let your hair down and just be yourself.
That’s why I have created a new Facebook group just for caregivers! It’s called a THE CAREGIVER’S CORNER. It is meant to be that safe place to land. A place you can slip into, take your shoes off, take a deep breath, and talk about your problems in a safe place where your words can’t and won’t be used against you.
I want it to be a place where you can ask real questions and get real answers to your everyday problems. A place to seek advice, answers, and even a shoulder to cry on if that is what you need.
If you know of a caregiver, or you are a caregiver yourself who would like to join a group where everyone is going through the same thing. A group that knows what you’re dealing with and who understands the many ups and down that a caregiver faces then please tell them about THE CAREGIVER’S CORNER and request to join!
I hope to see you there!
Remember to Appreciate the good, laugh at the crazy, and deal with the rest. I love you momma!