CALL TO ACTION: Have you checked out the “Resources” page on the menu?
Seek out resources to help you cope.
Fortunately, we live in a major metropolitan area and were able to tap into many resources. In this day and age of the internet, anyone with computer access can tap into a ton of resources.
Find help, talk to people, reach out to organizations that will help.
The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) is in the United Kingdom. There is information, support and resources on their website: https://www.lbda.org/ . Also follow them on Twitter and Facebook. You are not alone.
Another great organization is the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org. They provide information and support for people with any type of dementia. I requested a representative to meet with us, and my sisters and I met a lovely lady at the library. We talked about our dad, about his driving, and other issues. She was kind and helpful.
My mother and I attended a support group for family members of dementia patients. While my mother didn’t talk much, I believe we both were helped by hearing other people’s stories.
When I told my boss, an attorney, about my dad he got tears in his eyes and told me his grandmother had Alzheimer’s. My work was understanding and supportive during the caretaking years. I was conscientious, for example working late the next day when I missed my regular work hours. (I am my father’s daughter after all.)
Seek out resources, call your county, senior help-lines, whatever it takes to survive. Caretaking is exhausting and draining. My mother had a stroke years before taking care of her parents. Take care of yourself.
What ideas do you have for self-care? Please share them with our readers.
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