Greetings Dear Sisters!
Many of us have had experience caring for a parent or loved one with a chronic illness, or at the end stage of life, so we know of the challenges such a role presents. The caregiver for persons with Alzheimer’s experiences great pressure on her mental, emotional and physical health, especially when she is caring for a loved one.
Alzheimer’s is a slow killing of a person. It gradually robs the person of her or his recent memories, capacity to form language, solve problems, make plans, regulate emotions, interpret the natural world, most treasured memories, balance and coordination and-ultimately- breath. (Understand Alzheimer's Disease in 3 Minutes). The caregiver must endure this slow dying, while expending great deals of her life reserves to care for a loved one she cannot save. She is choosing to pour herself out in a context where it may be hard to identify the gains. It is not unusual for her to wonder, Does it make a difference? It is also not unusual for her to experience guilt at her very human response to the stress that results from her caring.
The caregiver can become so consumed in ministering to the needs of her loved one that she may negate her own self-care. Full time, or primary, caregivers often suffer from high blood pressure, depression and other physical ailments that come about from providing constant care, leading to mental, emotional and physical exhaustion. (Alzheimer's Effects on the Family: Coping with Difficult Emotions) Do you know a primary caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease, who is experiencing any of the symptoms below?
If yes, it is a sign that things must change in order to safeguard the health of the caregiver. Next week, we’ll share resources to support primary caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease in Christ-centered self-care.
We recommend visiting alzgla.org and exploring their caregiver tips video collection. or simply dialing the Alzheimer Association 24/7 Helpline at 1.800.272.3900.
The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting you to fundraise to support research to find treatments and cures for Alzheimer’s Disease. They have even come up with some great ideas for how you can help during social distancing.
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Carolyn Sinclair McCalla is a daughter of God who believes that as we seek the truth of God's Word, and humble ourselves to live in agreement with it, that we will experience the transformation which allows us to enter wholistic wellness: spirit, soul and body. She is the Founder and President of EarthBasic and leads its Be-Held Community: a group of women seeking, living and being transformed by the truth of God’s Word together. She is excited about this addition to the Be-Held Community, which will provide loving, sustainable, Christ-centered and well researched resources to support women in cultivating a life of wholistic self-care: spirit, soul, and body, which will in turn equip them to bless the generations in their care.