Posts Tagged ‘Altzheimer’s’

3 Weeks Left . . .

September 18, 2016

Oct. 9, 2016, Health Faire and Safety Show. 9 AM – 1 PM. Check it out!

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Lakes Recreation Center, 19251 N Westbrook Parkway, Peoria AZ

 

 

 

Proactive Caregiving (While You Still Can Ask For Help)

March 29, 2015

toothacheCaregivers never want to “bother anyone” because it’s “not bad enough yet.”

I hear this so many times in the group that I facilitate that I took the challenge last week.

“So,” I said after hearing an account of falling in which the caregiver and her husband with advanced Alzheimer’s  both sustained bruises and bloody limbs.  He fell into the front flowerbed and could not get up by himself.  She reached down to hoist him up and ended up catapulted against a concrete wall when he proved too heavy for her to lift.

“If you had a sore tooth, you would wait until there was pus coming out of your gums and you were delirious with throbbing pain before you called the dentist?”  There was silence from the eight caregivers in my living room.  I continued, “You know it isn’t going to get any better by itself.”

It’s hard to ask for help.  I know it so well.  But when a loved one becomes more and more unable to help with transfers, when he is too weak and falls often, his caregiver is risking her own good health if she doesn’t make arrangements for assistance.

Soothing Talk on Saturday Mornings

December 15, 2014

Rebecca’s words will flow over you like a relaxation tape.  You can close your eyes and just listen.  She talks about caregiving.  She knows a lot about taking care of people and so do her guests.  Her interviews with other caregivers are chats about their personal journeys through grief, loss and decision-making.

“Do what you love and do it with love” is the motto of Lifestyle Improvement Radio KLAY 1180.  It’s on at 8 AM Pacific Time on Saturdays, but the interviews are available anytime you have a few minutes.  My interview will air in January.

Here is the link to Soothing Caregiver Talk on Saturday Mornings Lifestyle Improvement Radio

My Two Best Men

My Two Best Men

Ms Dale’s Caregiver Book Wins Two Awards Survival Story Offers Tools to Combat Burnout

November 22, 2014

More Than I Could Ever Know: How I Survived Caregiving is a best seller in the Arizona retirement community of Westbrook Village.

Residents there quickly climb on board Ms. Dale L. Baker’s carousel and follow her through the ups and downs of caring for her dying husband. They savor her love story; treasure the lessons learned listed at the end of most chapters. Available in paperback and e-book format, her book is usually read in one sitting, then passed on to another caregiver, if not kept for reference. Often gift copies are bought.

Now, two national book competitions, the Living Now Book Awards and the USA Best Books Awards, have recognized More Than I Could Ever Know: How I Survived Caregiving as more than a how-to manual to overcome caregiver burnout.

The Ups and Downs of Caregiving

The Ups and Downs of Caregiving

On September 16, 2014, the Living Now Book Awards presented by Jenkins Group of Traverse City, Michigan honored excellent newly published books that enrich readers’ lives in 38 lifestyle categories from cooking to spiritually. Ms. Baker’s book was the Bronze Medal Winner in Caregiving.

On November 12, 2014, USABookNews.com, the premier online magazine featuring mainstream and independent publishing houses announced USA Best Book Award winners and finalists in over 100 categories. More Than I Could Ever Know: How I Survived Caregiving placed as a Finalist in the “Health: Death & Dying” category.

Ms. Baker, a published poet, short story writer and experienced caregiver to three loved ones, currently facilitates a caregiver support group in her Peoria, AZ home. Her caregiver experiences took place in Portland, OR between 2003 and 2011 where she nurtured her husband Richard through his prolonged fight with cancer, then managed end-of-life care for her parents as they struggled with Alzheimer’s and heart disease. For details, visit http://www.msdaleLbaker.com or just Google “Ms Dale caregiver.”