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New Year 2013 News and Notes

New Year’s in the Big Apple

It’s 2013!  New Year’s Eve, Carol and I shared a bottle of champagne and watched the ball drop in Times Square.  That happens at 10:00 PM our time, so we were just a little late for bedtime.  We got pretty giggly after all that wine, so we rang in the New Year in style.

Both of us think that this New Year is the start of a world-wide shift in consciousness.  If we are right, look for more compassion, cooperation, harmony, and probably a lot of turmoil.  It seems that the end of 2012 involved turmoil in our family.  Happy Holidays.

There is an interesting news story about how the U.S. lags in Alzheimer’s support.  Especially troubling is our lack of support for caregivers in keeping Alzheimer’s patients in the home.  That only works if the caregivers have a lot of support.  That support is almost totally lacking in the U.S., although the VA is starting to respond.  The New York Times has the story.

Worried about your weight?  As caregiver are you worried about your aging parent’s weight.  If you or your loved ones are seriously overweight, you are right to be worried.  However, a new study indicates that persons who fall into the overweight category or even the mildly obese are not at risk as much as was believed.  In fact, overweight people may live longer than people with lower weights.  Again, The New York Times has the story.

Remember, caregivers, that you can’t be a good caregiver if you don’t take care of yourself.  Carol and I took quite a while to really bounce back after our stint as caregivers for Frank ended with his death at 92.  We were tired more, had more anxiety, our work suffered somewhat, and we had much less time for each other.  Now, work is better, we aren’t as tired, and our stress level is down.  It is imperative for caregivers to make use of all the resources they can, including bringing other family members into the caregiver loop.

We have an elderly friend who is becoming increasingly more frail at age 92.  Her daughter is the caregiver and is experiencing the same problems we faced.  Home health care, assisted living, nursing home, and all those agonizing choices she and her daughter are confronted with.

This is even more difficult for a fiercely independent woman who has lived in her house over 50 years.  She doesn’t want to move and says she is fine, but she really is not fine and needs more help all the time.  What to do?  Caregiving and aging are just so hard at times.


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