“Caregiving is a marathon and not a sprint. Equipping yourself for the long haul is essential. You shouldn’t walk the caregiving journey alone.” ~ Lisa Mayfield
Doug and I could share dozens of sad stories about losing a parent to a progressive memory loss disease. While his father and my mother each struggled with a different type of dementia, we know how painful it can be to face changes in your relationship with a beloved elderly parent — and to make difficult lifestyle decisions on their behalf.
Ever since my mom died, it’s been one of my missions to share my caregiving experiences — things I learned the hard way — in the hope that those experiences will help someone else on this path. My new article in The Oakland Press offers a few caregiving tips and suggestions for readers whose parents are newly diagnosed with a memory loss disease. These are just a few of the lessons I wish someone had shared with me early on.