ElderCarelink Blog

Week 4 Winner of Share Why You Care Contest

by ECL Staff
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.

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Week 3 Winner of Share Why You Care Contest

by ECL Staff
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.

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Week 2 Winner of Share Why You Care Contest

by ECL Staff
January 22nd, 2013 at 9:00 am

Our 2nd weekly winner is Angie W. from Columbus, Ohio, who writes: “Alzheimer’s stinks.” Angie describes a decade of dementia for her mom, in and out of hospitals and nursing homes. Angie writes about how her family fought hard to keep her Mom healthy, but in the end, it was a losing battle. Her mother was sent home from the hospital with hospice care, and now Angie is preparing to say goodbye. This comes on the heels of the family losing their father, as well.

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Week 1 Winner of Share Why You Care Contest

by ECL Staff
January 14th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Congratulations to Tammy K. from Falkville, Alabama, who wins a $50 gift card as the Week 1 winner. In “Taking Care of Both Parents,” Tammy tells the story of being a caregiver for both her father, who had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and her mother, who has congestive heart failure (CHF). Tammy talks about supporting her parents with all the physical needs and activities of daily living, while working full-time. She admits how challenging caregiving can be: “It has been by far the hardest thing I have ever done.” But she also shares that she’s glad she could be with her dad when he died, knowing in her heart that she was doing the right thing.
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Share Your Caregiving Journey and Send in Your Story

by ECL Staff
January 7th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Caregiving is incredibly important, but it isn’t always easy. We understand how much you give every day to take care of your loved ones and meet their needs. Now we want to take care of you. Share your story about how you take care of your loved ones, including elders and adults with chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease. You can write up to 300 words and submit for our Share Why You Care contest. Tell us how or why you became a caregiver or talk about what caregiving means to you. Your essay could win a $50 gift card as a weekly winner.

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