You'll find on USATODAY.com - Caregivers' health in 'downward spiral' , an interesting story on caregiver stress. It's strange that this is now becoming news. Many of us, who have been caregivers for years, ask "why now?"
The AARP speaker, Elinor Ginzler, was excellent. In keeping with her mission of elder care for AARP, and her book, co-authored by Hugh Delehanty, titled Caring for your Parents – The Complete AARP Guide, she spoke on caregivers caring for themselves.
When I joined AARP, years ago, I joined as an aging boomer. I'm interested in much of their lobbying efforts on behalf of seniors. Little did I know, then, how much help they could be on caregiving issues. I'm now finding out.
Blogging about blogging. I've read about that, but I find it interesting to be doing it. I blog for www.ouralzheimers.com twice a week. As I was formulating, in my mind, the blogs for next week, I actually came up with blogs for four weeks. About dementia.
So many caregivers are seniors. People are living longer. Some are healthy and active, but others are alive because of modern medicine, yet they have developed physical or mental problems from strokes, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis and other maladies that cause them to need extra care. Spousal caregivers come to mind as examples of both - we are caregivers and seniors.
The thought process today has been on all the types of dementia - likely because I am planning my blogs for www.ouralzheimers.com. I recently reviewed two books, that I'll talk about here, in future blogs. One man's dad had Alzheimer's disease and the other one's mother had multi-infarct dementia.
With the help of the great blog experts at http://buildabetterblog.com, I'm moving forward. I was able to start adding some important links. One seniors don't want to miss is http://www.aarp.com, for benefits, advice, mind saving games and to keep up on news with senior programs.
Welcome readers. Travel with me as I get my feet wet in personal blogging. I am used to tech support with my column, Minding Our Elders, and with my pro blog on www.ouralzheimers.com. My Web site, http://mindingourelders.com is supported by a real pro, Michelle Jakubiak at http://boschelcreative.com Here, I'm on my own.