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In 2008, I retired as an educator with over 30 years of teaching experience, which also included many years of conducting Professional Development to Administrators and Educators. As a teacher, I have many of the traits necessary for being a responsible caregiver…I am…
• Ability to See the Big Picture
My retirement happened at just the right time. My mom was just about 84 years old and needed more help. At my urging, she had moved to my hometown when she was 72 years old, widowed and my older brother had also died. She was alone and I knew she needed to live near her only child as she aged. Mom was able to purchase a ranch home less than 2 miles from my home and, though she had always been close to my children, now she was even more involved in their growing up, which they loved.
Mom is a retired educator and guidance counselor. Having an understanding of the human psyche has helped my mom work through depression, fearfulness, missing her husband, the death of her son, 2 siblings and aging. Seeing my bright face every single day also helps lessen her anxiety. She knows, unequivocally, she will never be alone and I have promised to always keep her in her own home.
I decided to share with others who may be caregiving their parents my own tips learned through hands-on caregiving and some examples of meals that I prepare for mom.
If there’s one thing that I would like current or future caregivers to take away from this blog, it is that, Caregiving changes as our parent’s needs change and we must be up to the challenge.