We apologize for
not writing yet in 2014; it has been a very busy year so far. More
postings soon, but for now, one important, recurring point.
peer support is great, but if it's possible for you, we suggest setting up an
in-person caregiver meeting in your community. If you choose, include family caregiver supporters too. It's up to you.
There's something about looking
someone in the eye who understands, and nothing replaces a hug. Pick a
place, set a time, and whoever shows up - you can visit, talk, debate, and
share. If no one shows that day, give yourself the gift of quiet
time. We highly recommend it.
those who support them are exceptional people. In 2014, give yourself the gift
of meeting other caregivers beyond the Internet. It's a very old Barbra
Streisand song, but "People, people who need people are the luckiest
people of all!" Reach out and grow your in-person network through
your community organizations, your churches, and your civic organizations.
Your heart and
head will thank you.
Linda Kreter and
the VeteranCaregiver Support Team.