We would like to wish all the mothers out there a very happy Mother’s Day. In this blog however we specifically we would like to take time to appreciate all the mothers out there who not only care for their young children, but those who have transitioned into a caregiver role for their elderly loved ones suffering from debilitating illnesses like Alzheimer’s.
“Women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s crisis. That’s why we must be at the heart of the solution.”Maria Shriver, WAM Founder and Cleveland Clinic Strategic Partner for Women’s Health and Alzheimer’s
A study by Maria Shriver founder of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement found that three out of five people who take on the enormous task of caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease are women. And, almost a third of the women who were surveyed reported that they are the primary caregivers for both their children and their elderly parents.
Below we have some great ideas for showing these tireless and loving people how special they are, including:
- Offering them some respite time by helping them with their daily duties and allowing them to de-stress.
- Connecting them to a support group which offers a confidential outlet for sharing feelings and receiving comfort.
- Tell them about online resources and help to identify specific issues they may be struggling with and seek out resources that may help them.
- Honor them by posting a thankful message on the Alzheimer’s Association website.
- Encourage them to journal so that they can confront their own emotions and begin to process them in a healthy fashion.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin’s Family Caregiver website also offers some great resources to support caregivers. including virtual support groups, tips, and guides for caregivers by caregivers and much more.
If you are acting as the primary caregiver for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, you don’t have to go it alone. Connecting with resources in the community, including elder law attorneys, can help ease your burden and offer you the comfort of knowing your loved one is receiving the care they need. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or considering what options your family might have, call our office to discuss how we can help.