• February 25, 2013 /  Basics

    alzheimer's and the caregiverYour loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. What happens now? Do I give up my life? Do they? This wasn’t part of our plans. This is not fair. This is so overwhelming. I need help!

    You prepare.

    No, neither your social life nor theirs ends with the diagnoses; but you both will need to prepare for the future.

    There are many things that we don’t plan for but there are many blessings and growing opportunities that will come out of the road ahead. It will probably be both rewarding and depressing; but planning now is your key to surviving with your sanity intact.

    Fair? It all depends on how you approach it: hide, run or…plan.

    Ah, my favorite part. Overwhelming. That’s my favorite part! God created us as community beings and that’s how we get through most of the bad stuff in our lives. It makes those good times even better, because we have friends, family…community around us.

    With that thought, I would like to remind you of www.alz.org/norcal as one of those resources that will help you plan and lead you to others who are working through the same or similar issues that you both are facing. They have tons of educational programs in your area and in the Placer/Sacramento County areas. Del Oro, http://www.deloro.org, partners with them on many of the educational programs. Seniors First, http://seniorsfirst.org/, also assists with training, referrals, relief and many other resources.

    Don’t despair, there really is help. But you have to reach out first.

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  • February 12, 2013 /  Basics

    caregiverThere are many issues in caring for someone whether it is your child, parent, spouse or friend. I will be writing a series of brief articles to help you or direct you to resources that can help in your role as caregiver. This article concentrates on you, the caregiver.

    It has been said that the doctor cannot take care of the patient unless s/he takes care of themselves. The same is true for the caregiver. If you are stressed or sick how do you effectively take care of your charge?

    AARP has many resources to help caregiver and suggests the following:

    1. Figure out your priorities
    2. Take time out from caregiving
    3. Ask for help
    4. Spend time with other people
    5. Find some free outlets for your energy

    They have a host of other suggestions and resources that you can find and use at the following web link.


    Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center is also a great resource and Seniors First has referred many of its clients to them. You may reach them by calling 800-635-0220 or visiting their website at: http://www.deloro.org

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