Inspiration from Other Caregivers

Sometimes, the best kind of inspiration and support comes from those who have walked a similar path. We believe that a HUG – from a friend or family member can help get you through life’s toughest moments can’t they? That’s what we’ve noticed in the ten years since we’ve been observing our communities of caregivers.

What we’ve learned from all of you is this: the best person to help guide a new caregiver along the path is someone who has walked it before. That’s why we are proud to introduce a new program called HUGS Ambassadors that is a peer-to-peer support circle that allows those who’ve “been there; done that” to lift and encourage those who may be lost and afraid, still asking themselves, “Now What?” after a diagnosis.

Very soon we’ll be adding this service to help our friends and neighbors. In the meantime, read some inspiring stories and poems below. We hope they inspire you as you continue on your caregiving journey.

 


 

Where’s Mother?

Where’s Mother?  Sitting quietly in her chair.
Eyes once alert, now dull and vacant.
Hands once busy, lie folded in her lap.
A mind that once composed poetry,
has forgotten the words.
A voice once full of song,
no longer speaks at all.
She walks with help.
She eats when fed.
She sleeps when put to bed.
Sometimes she smiles.
Sometimes she’s fearful.
Alzheimer’s
“A cure” is what I pray.
For it sneaked in.
And slowly stole my mother away.

~ Della Jean Shipley

New & Noteworthy
The Irmo News: Dr. Carlos W. Gibbons has been awarded the 2016 Poet of the Year Award by the PoetryFest Foundation. Gibbons has a poem in the 2016 PoetryFest Publication, “On the Wings of Angels,” and has been cited as one of PoetryFest’s brightest poetry stars. Gibbons is a native
Leeza Gibbons knows firsthand of the devastation that Alzheimer’s disease can cause a family. After the loss of her grandmother and the diagnosis of her mother, Leeza and her family created the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation to meet the growing needs of those impacted by memory disorders. Interviewed by Winn
Alzheimer’s disease directly affects parts of the brain responsible for communication. Patients find it harder to both understand others and explain themselves. Patients also begin to forget the names of once familiar objects such as watches or pens. Early in the disease, people with Alzheimer’s are often able to hide
2017 © The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation