Reach Out and Touch…

My family was just discussing how scary the world is becoming. Day after day we hear news of senseless crimes that leave a trail of death or disability in their wake. The mother of an acquaintance I met recently through a friend is now grieving the loss of her son to highway gun violence. Needless to say, we are all also traumatized by the pandemic in some form or another.

Caregiving now takes on a new meaning and responsibility for each of us.  A friend, acquaintance, or loved one doesn’t have to be terminally ill for you to become a caregiver. Today’s trauma is teaching us that we need to check on others more often. And this may not be as serious as the police welfare check in which people involve the police to ensure another person’s safety.

This is simply caring enough to reach out to others yourself. Think of the many people who have limited contact with others because of the pandemic – especially those in nursing homes. Think of those you know who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 or to street or highway violence. How can you care for some of them? A card in the mail, a message via social media, or even an old-fashioned phone call to let someone know you care or that you are praying for them can really help others get back on their feet. This world has made all of us caregivers. We just have to find it in our hearts to take the time to make a small difference to a few people at a time.

🙋Your Turn- Are there 2 people you can care for this week?

Published by Ardella

My mother’s experience through Alzheimer’s was nearly a 5-year journey. During that time, I learned how to be a caregiver along with other family members and friends. During that time I kept a journal which I later turned into the book, Learning to Love Olivia: A Daughter’s Journal of Her Mother’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s. This blog will draw on some of that content along with my experiences with other caregivers and will hopefully offer support and encouragement to those who find themselves walking in the same shoes.

6 thoughts on “Reach Out and Touch…

  1. There are three that I care for in some way shape or form every day or so. I have a 23-year-old daughter, aaliyah, who lives with severe cerebral palsy and must have assistance with all of her personal needs. My 86-year-old aunt still insist on driving and so when I can convince her to allow me to do so I step in and run her errands and have become somewhat of her personal assistant checking and replying to her emails. She is a community activist who is still quite active lol. Finally there is my 75 year old mother who lives one street over from my aunt and three streets away from me. I make sure that she goes to the store, has her meds, and other things that she needs. I’m grateful that I still have my aunt and my mother on this side. And that even at 54, I can still take care of most of my daughters needs I’m a recognizing that I am fortunate that I do get care for almost half the day Monday through Friday.

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    1. Oh my goodness, Terri! You are truly a caregiver! I understand how our “elders” can be when they still want to do everything themselves – both a joy and a challenge. Continue to be the blessing that you are. Thanks for responding.

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    2. Terri, I was scrolling back through this page and see that my response never posted – sorry. You are an amazing woman! Your hands are certainly full, and I agree that you are fortunate to have weekly help with your daughter. As this week’s post says, we never signed up for this, but your generosity and care for your family are a true blessing to them. Keep smiling!

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