We had a nice turn-out for the chat and book signing yesterday at Barnes and Noble in Fargo. It’s always fun to talk with caregivers and share stories. As always, I learned as much from them as they did from me. I advised and encouraged. We all shared.
Each caregiver is different, as is each caregiving situation. With my seven elders, there were huge differences in needs. Those needs, of course, changed daily with each of them. So it’s an evolving process, and support from those who’ve been there is vital to caregiver health – mental and physical.
I was told, early on, with Minding Our Elders, my caregiving support book, that there wasn’t enough interest in the topic. Now, I’m told that I’ve been on the cutting edge. How times change. I am still amazed, however, at how huge the interest is.
Caregivers, whether they are seniors themselves or of the boomer variety, are hungry for information and starving for support. I always feel fulfilled when I can leave a group with a little of each. Their need feeds my sense of mission.
My time at Barnes and Noble gave me another opportunity to connect with readers and that is always a joy.