Taking Care of You
As a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s disease you will likely hear many words of advice that start or end with, “don’t forget to take care of yourself.” Hmmmm.. .supportive advice, but sometimes easier said than done. To be candid, depending on your situation, taking care of yourself may in fact be an ongoing challenge. But you can do some small things along the way to help yourself and your overall family. In the next few blog posts we will talk about ways to take care of the “Mental You”, the “Physical You” and even the “Guilty You”.
The Mental You
As a caregiver, one of the best things you can do for your mental health is to be as proactive as possible. Hearing the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming in itself, but having to react to ongoing unknowns and constant surprises are much worse. Educate yourself on everything possible, starting with the disease and its progression. Continue reading “Taking Care of You – Part 1: The Mental You” »
Happy Dog by Evelyn
Memories in the Making is an Alzheimer’s Association art therapy program for individuals with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Volunteer facilitators help people with dementia – many of whom often have no art background – create drawings and paintings. These sessions provide participants social interaction and boost their self-esteem while opening the channels of communication with loved ones.
Today’s featured Memories in the Making artist is Evelyn. Evelyn is an incredible artist and loves the Memories in the Making group. There is another music group that goes on simultaneously, but each week Evelyn states, “I think we have more fun in here!” She has been coming to the group for several years now and has even taking up painting on the side. Her paintings range from intricate flowers to animals and butterflies – she always looks for striking pictures with vibrant colors that challenge her skills. Even though she is 92 years old, Evelyn is active and energetic and helps set up and clean up with the facilitator every week. Her lovely spirit is an asset to the group. It’s fun to sit with Evelyn as she paints and shares her memories- stories about the places she’s lived, her family, and her thoughts about life and how grateful she is for the blessings she has had.
Evelyn’s painting is just one of the many works of art that will be auctioned off at our annual Memories in the Making Art & Wine Auction, held this year on March 1 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. In addition to work by Memories in the Making artists, the silent and live auction selection will include fine wines, unique experiences and luxury items.
Visit www.alz.org/norcal to purchase tickets and learn more.
>> View more art and artist stories on our Memories in the Making blog posts
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