Supporting seniors is a very broad topic of discussion. Being a caregiver is another very broad topic of discussion. This newsletter series identifies a Senior as a person. Not an accumulation of medical and mental test results, blood reports, and bowel movement charts. Also, this newsletter series identifies a family Caregiver as a person! Not a superhuman, a task manager (although this is a very integral skill), a perfect daughter or son, or someone who can't confidently rely on their own intuition.
Now that we have that out of the way –let's talk! What topics are important to you! I have a few ideas to get us started, such as:
- What are the first few steps a daughter (or son) can take when they suspect mom or dad is having memory issues or struggling on their own?
- How can I help my mom without taking away her independence?
- What kind of supports are out there and how do I know what is needed and when?
- How do I get mom or dad to accept any kind of support? (this is in the book)
- How do I know if it is just forgetfulness or something more?
- What activities are beneficial? It seems like mom is losing her zest for life.
- I'm feeling overwhelmed with this Caregiver role and it is impacting the other areas of my life. Am I being selfish about this?
- And so many more!