We address your...

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Vic, Mom and Sue, 2006

Exhaustion

Self Doubt

Depression

Role Reversal

Worry

Vulnerability

Guilt

 

It matters to me who and what you are becoming as a caregiver.    

We address:

Denial

A New Normal

Contentious-Siblings

Know-it -All's

Unpredictability

Caregiving is about your survival first.

Then we keep our loved one safe, calm,

comfortable, and happy - in that order. 

 

Boundaries

Loneliness

Isolation

Change

Letting Go

Tough Love

Grief

The top 5 things a caregiver needs to understand are:

  • We cannot fix dementia

  • We cannot control dementia

  • We are not at the expense of dementia or caregiving

  • Every caregiver's path is unlike anyone else's.  Do not compare

  • Every patient's path with dementia is different.  Symptoms are similar, but not exactly the same.  Do not compare.  

 

Seeing the Signs

Accepting the Signs

Forgiving Ourselves

Powerlessness

Signs a caregiver is in trouble:

  • Highly fatigued

  • No energy

  • Irritable, impatient, and angry

  • Cynical and detached

  • Depressed, sleep-deprived, moody

  • Feel they have accomplished very little or nothing

  • No concentration

  • Forgetful.  Acting like our loved one and wondering if WE have dementia!-Information from the Alzheimer's Association, 2022

"Come this way... Let's go for a walk and talk about it..."
-Vic, Founder of Forgive and Forget

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"You are not going to be the same person at the end of this journey as you were when you started. 

 

You are either going to be harder, more brittle, more closed off, or you are going to be softer, more open, and more compassionate. 

 

It is a matter of choice.  And it is the choices you make every step of the way." 

 

-Patti Davis, Nancy, daughter of Nancy and President Ronald Reagan

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Susie, Mom and Vic, 1964

"There is no normal life, Wyatt. 

There's just life."

Doc Holliday
- Val Kilmer, "Tombstone"