Managing Energy and Emotion in Trying Times

Susan Marshall will share her recent journey with both parents dying of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. What happens to the family that’s left, how she, as the spokesperson for her family, was on a daily roller coaster with associated organizations in finance, legal and health, and other matters she had to negotiate. What she’d like others to know if they too find a loved one ‘missing’ due to a disease with no cure.

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Tips for Caregivers (Part Three)

Clinical information is your bedrock. Family members who do not have experience with providers or the understanding of the situation you have gained may dispute you at every turn. This is normal. Their aggression can certainly trigger an emotional response. You’ll lose it at times. Forgive yourself. Get some rest.

Tips for Caregivers (Part Two)

Listen carefully to information provided. Take time to consider it before asking questions that may have already been answered or cannot yet be answered. Remember that providers are fellow humans, subject to all the emotional challenges you are experiencing.

Tips for Caregivers (Part One)

Family members who are not directly involved in caretaking may have strong feelings about what is being done. These feelings can come out as forceful opinions or judgment of your efforts. Recognize that these feelings are normal during times of high stress.

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