National Family Caregiver Month is November

National Family Caregiver Month is NovemberMost family caregivers also hold down regular jobs.

Did you notice the title? National Family Caregiver Month? Three of four family caregivers either work now or have been working while providing care. Two thirds have made adjustments to their work life or given up their jobs.

One in five family caregivers has had to take a leave of absence.

Most provide 20 to 40 hours a week or more. Do you know someone who is a family caregiver? Are you? What needs to happen to ease the burden and lighten the load?

Can you relate to my situation with my mother?

Because I loved Mother so much, as her caregiver, I felt a need to be personally involved in all aspects of her care. It was difficult for me to turn loose of the reigns and trust others to help.

Being a family caregiver taught me two life-changing lessons.
#1, I could not do everything myself, physically or mentally.

#2, It was well worth my time to learn from others in my situation and explore options.

There are several helps available.

Free articles, free videos and books, a safe place to dialog.

Here are two of my favorite websites for helpful ideas and solutions from those who have been there. Some offer a safe place to chat with other caregivers. Both websites are self-explanatory and very easy to navigate. Whether you have just a few minutes or an hour, you will gain from checking these out.

Caregiving.com

This website: http://www.caregiving.com is by far my favorite website for caregivers. It is a very user-friendly site and offers many choices.

There are several blogs including caring for spouses, caring for children, caring for parents, caring for grandparents, caring for 2 or 3 or 4 at once, etc. There are many free articles and videos as well as a store.

If you tire of reading, they even offer a few free games to play while you rest.

Alzheimer’s Association for more than Alzheimer’s

www.alz.org offers articles drawing clear pictures of the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. A great place to start if this is an area you have concerns about for yourself or someone in your care.

Alzheimer’s Association offers help finding geriatric resources in your area; an informative e-newsletter, and overview of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia.
The facts are astounding, yet there is help and there is hope. I pray you will be encouraged today, and will find a way to encourage others along the path.

Have a great week, and let me hear from you.

Hugs,

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Hope and Encouragement for Busy Times

words of hope and encouragementWe all need words of hope and encouragement for busy times today.

To the gals and guys who get my newsletter—this one’s for you personally! Whether you are parents, child, family, friend, neighbor, or caregiver; I want to share some personal words of hope with you.

Today I want to offer much-needed encouragement.

Whether you are at ease in Zion right now and you have life in hand or you are stretched and stressed to the limit, this one is for you.

Maybe you know me real well and know where I’m going with this column. Perhaps we have never met (yet) and you are ready to quit reading! I know the “I don’t have time for this” feeling! Well, hang on and let’s see where we end up!

You really are important to me.

First, I want you to know you really are important to me as an individual. The very fact that you made time in your busy life to sign up for my newsletter is a blessing! The few minutes you allow reading my ramblings could probably be used in many other ways; I thank you for giving me space in your day.

I pray for you when you leave a personal note.

Secondly, this column is to thank those of you who have taken your precious time to drop me a note. It’s helpful to know what you are dealing with and how an article has helped you in some way. It also gives me direction as I prepare to write each week. I read each one carefully and prayerfully.

You are a caring friend as you share with others.

A special “thank you” goes to you who have forwarded the newsletters on to others in your circle who need encouragement. What a caring friend you must be to be sensitive to the needs of those around you.

Here is the bottom line:

Today I prayed for you—individually, by name or by e-mail address, as I went down my list. I do not know each of you and some I do not recognize by your e-mail addresses. (By the way, some of you are certainly creative in that respect, I could never guess who-or what- you were!)  

For your times of doubt and frustration, I prayed from Proverbs 3:5-6 that God would help you “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding … “.  

For assurance I prayed for you from John 3:16 that you would remember “for God so loved the world (YOU) that He gave … “. I hope you have learned to personalize God’s Word; put your name in the verse; He wants you to know He loves you!

It was an honor and blessing to pray individually for you today.

How exciting to experience the richness of God’s family working together to care for one another. I challenge you to keep on working, hoping, praying for others as we learn together how to be encouragers in our world.

Hugs,

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