How can we not let caregiving get in the way of loving him/her?
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How can we not let caregiving get in the way of loving him/her?

Be Present – Visit often I see John daily in his Assisted Living area. I am so blessed that we moved to a Continuing Care Retirement Community back in 2006. That was long before he showed any signs that he would develop significant issues with his cognitive abilities. John didn’t show any before he was…

Pear Martini
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Pear Martini

Purchase a painting: Pear Martini 8″x10″         $125.00 Purchase a painting: Pear Martini. Grace your home with a ©ArtbyKarlene original oil painting. Purchase my Pear Martini painting here. It’s taken me quite a while to feel ready to post my paintings for sale. This is the first that I feel ready to make…

When is enough enough? When is caregiving too much?
Caregiving

When is enough enough? When is caregiving too much?

Some friends had been going to the monthly support meetings run by the Alzheimer’s Association. As our loved one’s abilities were lessened by the disease, more and more was happening during the month. We knew we wanted and needed to be together more often. We did get together weekly. We ran what amounts to our…

When is it time to ask for help? OK Know who you can call
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When is it time to ask for help? OK Know who you can call

Caregiving Crisis Indicators: If you’re already in a crisis, it’s too late! These are the obvious times to immediately call for more help. If you’ve already found a facility for your love one’s next level of care, great! Call them. If not, find one NOW! The Caregiver’s support team cannot or is not available to…

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3 Things I really know about John’s Alzheimer’s:

These are the 3 things I really now about my husband’s Alzheimer’s. I didn’t cause Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s is a brain disease. He’s not forgetting things on purpose. Doctors do not know what causes the disease. I need to really understand that I did not cause it. I can’t cure it, It can’t be cured or…

What can we do on those Blah Days? When everything goes wrong?
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What can we do on those Blah Days? When everything goes wrong?

Today nearly everything went goofy The alarm didn’t go off so I was late getting to see John It was raining and still hot and steamy John hadn’t slept well so he wasn’t able to walk to the table The nurses were not particularly helpful moving his chair and I can’t And so on… What’s…

Happy times can be had even with Alzheimer’s
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Happy times can be had even with Alzheimer’s

Even though John’s condition is deteriorating he perked up when he got this visit from his son, Nick and his girlfriend, Chris. On days like today it’s difficult for me to realize this visit happened just a few months ago. Nick is not able to visit very frequently so it’s important for me to stay…

Finally I feel better about this painting – Out of the Darkness 4
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Finally I feel better about this painting – Out of the Darkness 4

It has been quite a stretch for me. Learning to just take my time is not an easy lesson for me. It’s likely a flaw in my personality that I’ve worked to hide for my entire adult life! Being able to do things quickly (and kind of well enough) has been a trademark of mine….

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