Not sure what to get the caregiver you love for the holidays? Are you a caregiver who would appreciate help from friends and family more than any stocking stuffer? We’ve put together a holiday coupon book with a few ideas to help make a big difference in any caregiver’s life. So open it up, print it out and give the gift of caring this holiday season.
In this video series, we highlight caregivers Stephanie and Dolores. These women care for their husbands who have Alzheimer’s disease. Here’s a look at what an average day looks like from sun up to sun down!
Holidays can be challenging for people with Alzheimer’s disease, and can be a particularly stressful time for caregivers. The added layer of seemingly required holiday rituals, family and other social obligations, may completely tear apart an already stretched thin caregiving schedule. If you know a caregiver or their loved one, what can you do to help? If you are a caregiver, how can others help you?
Angie is a caregiver for her husband John, who is in the early middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease. While John is still able to do many things, such as shower, brush his teeth and get dressed, he needs physical assistance, direction and cues from Angie on how and when to do them. He spends time watching TV, counting money – and lately has been holding something invisible in his hands that he keeps handing to Angie! Angie works full time and helps make caregiving ends meet through the use of adult day care and family and friends. Here is a brief look into Angie and John’s morning routine.
I want to tell all of you about an event I’ll be attending next week that I am very excited about: the Bay Area premiere of a documentary film call The Genius of Marian. The film, by local filmmaker Banker White, focuses on his mother as her Alzheimer’s disease advances. If you are in or near San Francisco on November 23, I highly recommend you get tickets – plus, I’ll be moderating a conversation with Banker and film producer Anna Fitch immediately following the screening. Details on the event appear at the bottom of this post. I asked Banker to tell us a bit about the film and his family’s journey with Alzheimer’s disease. Here’s what he had to say:
The Genius of Marian is a documentary film about my extraordinary mother Pam White, and her struggle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The last few years have been a roller coaster of emotions, filled with frustration, sadness, joy and celebration. I didn’t originally set out to make a documentary film about my mother’s disease. The project began as a series of informal recorded conversations with my mom in the months after her Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2009. She had begun writing a memoir called “The Genius of Marian” about her own mother (my grandmother), Marian Williams Steele. Marian was a well-loved and well-known painter and was in many ways the matriarch of our family. In 2001, Marian died of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 89. Continue reading “SATURDAY: The Genius of Marian in San Francisco” »
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