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Lessons We Learn from Caregiving for Our Loved Ones With Dementias and Alzheimer’s Disease

A well said commentary on the life of a caregiver. I also feel the lost sense of purpose with the passing of my dad.

Here’s to a new year, more prayers and the pursuit of my life’s purpose. Encouraged.

Going Gentle Into That Good Night

In Nick Norton’s blog post, “10 Things Caregiving Taught Me in 2013,” he lists some of the things he learned from caregiving, along with his mom, for his grandfather who suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease (his grandfather died in June 2013). 

Several of Nick’s lessons resonated with me from my own experiences caregiving for Mama the last several years of her life as she suffered with congestive heart failure, vascular dementia, Lewy Body dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease. The lessons I learned were ones that I could not have learned any other way or through any other of life’s experiences.

That makes them priceless, although I would not have ever wanted Mama to have to go through what she went through so that I could learn them. However, I consider these lessons that I learned as Mama’s last and lasting gifts to me, giving to and helping me, as she…

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4 comments on “Lessons We Learn from Caregiving for Our Loved Ones With Dementias and Alzheimer’s Disease

  1. Thanks for the reblog, Kay! It’s oddly comforting to know that we all share that loss of a sense of purpose once our caregiving days change or are over. Your mom, though, will need you more and more and my hope is that not only will some of that sense of purpose be fulfilled through walking through the rest of the journey with her, but also with the great work you are doing through your website and blog with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia advocacy. Best wishes, my friend!

    • Thank you. I am mindful that my job is a little different. The overwhelming crush of my Dad’s critical care when he was diagnosed with cancer brought a whole new level of intensity to the my role. The feeling of failure and guilt shrouded me the first few weeks after his death. I really liked your comment about the only way to learn these things was to experience them — my life will forever be changed. As you have shared before — I don’t regret a moment. Happy New Year.

  2. Each post is better than the last, I am so glad that I found this site. Thank you, Kay, you have helped me more than you’ll ever know.

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