A growing number of Americans are developing dementia, with this progressive brain disease causing problems such as memory loss and confusion. And older adults struggling with depression are even more likely to battle dementia.
February 19th, 2013 at 12:00 am
Thanks to all those who participated in our contest by submitting stories or reading and voting for stories. We asked you to tell us about your caregiving experience, both the good and the bad, and we thank you all for your honest and touching submissions. And, now, here are our Share Why You Care Contest winners.
February 4th, 2013 at 10:00 am
The Week 4 Winner of our Share Why You Care Contest is Judy. B of of Leesburg, Florida, for her story, “Shower of Blessing.”
Judy writes about being a caregiver for her mother-in-law, who suffers from declining health and Alzheimer’s, with its companions such as anger and profanity. The reference to a shower has a deep meaning; Judy describes having an awakening to her blessings while helping her mother-in-law bathe. While giving her mother-in-law a shower, despite her resistance and cussing, Judy went through many emotions, including anger, stress, resentment and exhaustion — but in the end she felt grateful for being showered with blessings. This experience helps her through the difficult times in caregiving, and she offers her story in the hope that it could help others.
February 1st, 2013 at 12:39 pm
January 28th, 2013 at 9:00 am
Congratulations to our third weekly winner, Mary C. from Spokane, Wash., for her submission “Honoring Dad Caring for Mom.” Mary describes her mother’s many struggles — dementia, visual problems due to macular degeneration, pneumonia and financial challenges as well. Mary wants to provide a quiet, safe home for her 95-year mother, who lived through hardships like the World War II bombings in London. Mary writes that she hopes her father is looking down with pride on his daughter.