Within the world of caregiving there are many relationship dynamics – adult children caring for their elderly parents; parents caring for special needs children; a spouse caring for their partner, and many others.
The circumstances of each caregiving experience come with different challenges, responsibilities, and rewards. The role of being a caregiver to one’s spouse can be particularly trying, especially if it comes well before the golden years.
Karen Garner is a 42-year old mother of an 8-year-old and an 11-year-old. She also juggles a full-time job and providing dementia home care for her 50-year-old husband who has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
According to the Mayo Clinic, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease strikes people before the age of 65. It is very uncommon when it strikes someone before their 50s. Karen’s husband, Jim, had symptoms of the disease for at least two to four years prior to his diagnosis. Early-onset Alzheimer’s appears to be genetic; Jim’s mother and brother both had Alzheimer’s disease.
“I feel really bad for Jim,” Karen said. “I hate to see such a nice person go through this and to have my kids go through this.”
Karen says she is very concerned about whether or not her own children will inherit the disease.
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As families’ elderly parents celebrate Mother’s Day, there are many options for activities and gifts that can bring joy to all involved.
As people age, the ultimate expression of love is the way they care for others. This could be an elderly wife caring for her ailing husband, or an adult daughter providing care for her ill mother. This makes celebrating Mother’s Day more difficult than it used to be. One option for a Mother’s Day gift comes in the form of respite care. By finding a temporary stand-in caregiver for a loved one, it gives the adult daughter or older wife a much-needed break. Sometimes a few hours of refreshing separation can be the most help.
There are also several other ideas for possible gifts and activities families can try that can make for an enjoyable experience.
• Go for a scenic drive or tour old neighborhoods. These trips to beautiful locations or down memory lane can lead to meaningful discussions and stories. • Create a scrapbook. Going through old photos and recipes and putting them into a book is a fun activity and it creates a treasured item along the way. • Go to church or temple. This may be something More >
2013 Nurses Banquet in Charlotte
Homewatch CareGivers of Charlotte joins with our nurse friends in celebrating Nurses Week, and we appreciate their professionalism and caring in our community. We see first hand the difference that nurse make in the lives of our patients.
The annual Nurses Banquet will be held this year on May 7 at the Airport Sheraton. Homewatch CareGivers will be exhibiting again, so if you are attending, please come by our table and say “hello.” The banquet is sponsored each year by the Mecklenburg Council of Nursing Organizations (MCONO). For more information about the banquet and to register, click here.
More About Homewatch CareGivers of Charlotte
Homewatch CareGivers is a premier caregiver agency, providing home care for all ages. We invite you to visit www.seniorcarecharlotte.net, where you can read articles related to home health, Dementia Care Tips and home care news; or download PDF home care resources. From health care coordination and hospital discharge planning to home care transportation and daily living assistance, let our family of caregivers care for yours. For more information or to schedule a free care More >