You can’t do it alone. Whether it’s through an online support group such as this one, or recruiting family members to help with hands-on care, caregivers need support physically and mentally.
I love the blogging idea--writing is always a good way to get your feelings out, whether you let people read it or not! I'm trying to write something for this caregiver site I found-- they're looking for real life stories...hey, I could win a prize, but more importantly, I'll be letting out those feelings! http://www.eldercarelink.com/Go/contest/main/1
Care giving for my mom, by myself made it impossible to get out to any support group meetings. Any time I did get off I wanted to do something for myself like get a massage or read a book. However, I did need to find my voice as a care giver so my husband recommend that I start to blog.I did. I've been writing about my journey with my mom for 2 years. Blogging helped me to build a support group of other care givers, many who are bloggers too. Now, I have friends all over the globe because of my blog. I write almost every day. My readers offer support and great advice, always when I need it the most.My blog is here: http://backdoorlogic.blogspot.com
We can still travel, so when I am away from my "home support group" I join a local caregivers' group through the Alzheimer's Assoc. All have been caring and helpful.
My local support group is amazing. It's in one of the care homes in our area. I didn't realize how important is it to talk to other people who are in a similiar situation until I found this group - it's been a Godsend! :-}
Absolutely! There is nothing like a local support group of people with similar experiences and concerns.
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