Care Tender

A monthly newsletter bringing encouraging words, inspiration and useful ideas to those who care for others

From the November 1998 Issue

Most of what we read and hear regarding caregiving is about the problems and difficulties. I think we have forgotten to assess some of the positive things surrounding caregiving. Caregivers do have things to be thankful for. Here are a few I've thought of:

I'm thankful that caregivers now have better options in finding the care their loved one needs…better kinds of care facilities; better training for those who care, especially for those with Alzheimer's; better resources to turn to; better support; better understanding of the task of caregiving.

I'm ever so thankful for teachers like Moyra Jones who are making such a tremendous difference - teaching us a better way to care for those with dementia.

I'm thankful for those who advocate without ceasing for the needs of caregivers - making legislators listen and then write laws that make the caregiving journey more bearable.

I think it is appropriate that the National Family Caregivers Week is in November. How thankful I am for people like Suzanne Mintz and Cynthia Fowler who have brought the needs of all family caregivers to the public front.

Most of all, I am thankful for the experience of caregiving - it has enriched my life in ways I could never have imagined. Life might have been easier without the experience, but it certainly would not have been richer.

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