Tips For Caregiver's

People with Alzheimer's disease frequently become more disoriented after dark or when waking. Leaving a night-light on in the bedroom may be helpful.


Sunday, October 12, 2008

Flossie, Respite, and The New York Times

A few months ago, I was interviewed by The New York Times writer John Leland about the use of respite care services for Flossie aka Muddear.

I didn't realize the article was already in print, otherwise, I would have shared it sooner. I have posted an excerpt of the article; however, if you follow the link you can read it in its entirety. Originally the article ran electronically on August 18, 2008 and in print on August 19, 2008.

For Families of the Ailing, A Brief Chance to Relax
By John Leland
MILWAUKEE — Mildred and John Fischer thought their retirement years would be a time for traveling and visiting their grandchildren. Then last September, just as Mr. Fischer was retiring as a postal carrier, Mrs. Fischer’s mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease, came to live with them.

While friends and neighbors enjoyed carefree time, Mrs. Fischer said she felt that her world was closing in on her. She could sense her heart palpitating from the constant stress. It got so bad one day, she said, “I needed to go down to the basement and just sit.”

I send many thanks to John for shedding a light on the impact Alzheimer's Disease and other dementing disorders have on caregivers. As the U.S. population continues to age, many more men and women will be faced with the challenging question... "How do I care for my mother/father/ husband/ wife with Alzheimer's Disease (dementia)?" 

1 comment:

Shadowspun said...

Great article. Thanks for helping with it.