When my Dad’s health declined, I had a hard time acknowledging it. He was always my big, strong hero and protector. I couldn’t imagine my life without him, and seeing him like that was painful.
It must have been harder on him…he felt frustrated — and even angry — that he couldn’t do the things he’d been able to do before. He was a proud man, and he felt embarrassed and humiliated with his diminished capacity to care for himself.
As Dad needed more and more attention, I never once thought of myself as a ‘caregiver.’ Not until I was lucky enough to get support from Dr. Ina Gilmore, our Ambassador of Caregiving.
I was worried about Dad, afraid I’d make a bad decision when it came to his care, and all the while struggling to keep all the other “plates in the air” — wondering if at any moment they would all come tumbling down. It was terrifying, and I felt alone…
Dr. Ina knew exactly what I was going through, and without her help I’m not sure how I would have made it through.
That’s why I am so honored and thrilled to share the following information with you…
Dr. Ina, Founder of Caregiving With Purpose, is hosting a remarkable global telesummit, and it’s important that you know about it! Please read what she has to say:
Are you an Alzheimer’s caregiver or know one struggling daily?
Caregiving can be the best thing you ever do for another. It can also be the hardest thing you’ll ever do. You can get so involved in giving care that your own wants and needs take a back seat, often ignored.
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia can be additionally challenging and isolating.
Additionally, there’s a social stigma too often attached to Alzheimer’s and other dementias. People often are uncomfortable around someone with dementia.
Even talking about dementia and the changes is brings can be upsetting and embarrassing.
Caregivers get included in this isolation due to the disease itself, the caregiving and the lack of time for a social life.
The causes of isolation are multiple and often chronic, easily going on for years.
If you think this will not affect you, consider this…
- More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s
- Alzheimer’s is now the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.
- 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia
It’s likely you will know someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, their caregivers or become a caregiver yourself.
That’s why I’m delighted to be share an important telesummit February 10 through 14, 2014 by Dr. Ina Gilmore MD. It’s free and available online or by phone. No travel involved! Replays will be available if you can’t make the sessions “live.”
Dr. Ina helps caregivers, especially those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. She knows dementia caregiving, having been “in the trenches” as both a professional and family caregiver.
She nearly lost her health while caring for her elderly mother Clara. Clara had cerebrovascular dementia, which has many symptoms and signs in common with Alzheimer’s. Dr. Ina understands the sacrifices caregivers and their families make and knows simple steps help you move from dragging yourself through each day… into thriving.
Dr. Ina’s telesummit, “Triumphing Over the Isolation of Alzheimer’s: Simple Solutions for Family and Professional Caregivers” is a place for experts in Alzheimer’s and other dementias to share their caregiving tips and solutions.
Wondering who will be in this telesummit? She’s lined up some of the world’s leading authorities!
The speakers include…
Lori La Bey, Recognized as the #1 Alzheimer’s Influencer by Sharecare and Dr. Oz, speaking on “Improving Dementia Care Through Economical & Global Collaborations.” She explains how Memory Cafes, The Purple Angel Project and Dementia Friendly Communities reduce the isolation of Alzheimer’s care.
James Creasy, Founder of Jiminy Wicket, a program using croquet to reduce the isolation of Alzheimer’s for both caregivers and patients.
Janet Edmunson, Inspirational Author and Speaker with over 30 years experience in health promotion. She cared for her husband Charles who fought a degenerative neurological disease. Janet will speak on the “Importance of Positive Emotions for Caregivers.” She uses science, personal stories of caring for her husband during his neurological illness, and practical activities to explore positive ways to get through this challenging life experience.
And 14 more!
This is your opportunity to connect with these Alzheimer’s experts and with other caregivers who understand the isolation and pain of giving care to someone with dementia.
You need this information, and it won’t cost you a dime.
Join us to discover the secrets of moving..
- from stressed to blessed…
- from isolated to nurtured…
- from just surviving to thriving!
Live on Purpose…Change the World!
Gakina-awiiya (We Are All Related),
Founder, How to Live on Purpose
“Teach us love, compassion and honor…that we may heal the Earth and heal each other.” – Ojibwe