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DAILIES

on March 9, 2011

alz continued…

Having participated in groups of husbands and wives who were caring for their loved ones, it was apparent that men were having the most problems.  #1 Many were not homemakers; #2 many were still in jobs, #3 men  had given  money matters (bill paying etc)  to their wives; wives were often overwhelmed by money matters. #4 had physical problems of their own, #5 believed they didn’t need assistence, and #6 were angry, in denial and socially withdrawn. 

It was evident that the male caregiver was more in need of services provided than were women.  The latter were more adaptive to the caregiving, but #6 was evident in them as well when family members were unavailable or in denial and withdrawn from providing help.

It was my perception that overall wives were more capable as caregivers but were definitely suffering the stresses of irritability, anxiety and depression.   

For more information you can contact the Alzheimer’s Association * 1 800 272 3900  or www.alz.org.  There is a definite need for funding, unrelenting advocacy and dedicated individual support.

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3 responses to “DAILIES

  1. An informative series… and as both an Alzheimer’s survivor and a writer you’re better equipped than many others to communicate what people ought to know about it. I hope there will be more in the series.

  2. Heather says:

    We were just talking about caregivers in the “Human Development” class I teach. Things like “role strain” and caregiver burnout are HUGE realities for those caring for loved ones. I keep thinking that if we had tons and tons of money, just imagine the kind of cooperative facility we could construct so that patients had the care they needed, families had care and respit, and care workers had the time to do the job they dream of doing. Just imagine….

    • elderfox says:

      Heather, Great to hear from you and I really like what you are doing re your class; there are some youths from Highschools that are pairing up with ALZ/Parkinson patients in nursing homes that give young people a great education and they are also developing friendships as well as knowledge from another generation. I hope that this coming epidemic garners more attention from the public AND our governments (altho the latter is already there????) Getting elderly is scary. (don’t like that word “old”)

      hugs mE

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