Hello Daughterly Care Carers and the families of our clients living with a dementia diagnosis,
Happy New Year
Let’s make 2018 a great year for us all and to that end I would like to introduce to you, Bob De Marco – the loving son of Dotty, who had Alzheimer’s disease.
Bob is an American son who gave up work to care for his elderly mother on a full time basis and shared his experience with the world via his daily blogging. His Alzheimer’s Reading Room is one of the most read blogs about dementia and it is full of practical advice.
This blog has been re-published here with Bob’s permission and at the end there is a link to his original blog. Please forgive his American spelling and his blunt and politically incorrect terms like “nutty behaviour”.
This article is well worth reading and if the advice is applied, it will reduce primary carer stress.
What do you think – was this blog helpful for you?
Leave a comment below, also perhaps you could share how you cope with being told to get out or other hurtful comments.
Daughterly Care CEO & Co-Founder
Learn more from Bob:
Cope. To face and deal with responsibilities, problems, or difficulties in an effective and calm manner or way.
Coping requires us to make our own conscious effort to solve personal and interpersonal problems. This allows us to minimise stress, reduce conflict, and to better understand our situation.
Emotional super glue a bond that holds two people together and rises to a level that is so powerful, so all encompassing, that it can only be described in this way – you are bonded together by emotional super glue.
Caregiver or carer is a person who gives help and protection to someone who is sick or in need.
Empathy the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Compassion a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate their suffering.
Dementia care is the art of looking after and providing for the needs of a person living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia condition.
Flexibility the willingness to change or compromise.
Anger is a normal, sometimes healthy, human emotion. However, when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to a deterioration in personal relationships and a reduction in the quality of life.
Loneliness often occurs in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care because our family and friends abandon us.
Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer’s Reading Room (ARR).
The Alzheimer’s Reading Room contains more than 5,000 articles and has been published daily since July, 2009.
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