Aging and Awesome Interviews Family Caregiver, Bonnie Read
Bonnie Read, Family Caregiver, shares with Aging and Awesome her caregiving journey, caring for her father during the pandemic. She credits the Washoe Caregivers Guidebooks and WashoeCaregivers.org for being helpful resources for her. She writes, "We are all caregivers at some point. Through the guidebook and website, assistance has been given to thousands l am convinced of that."
To watch Bonnie and Royce Read's interview, click here.
Caregiver Support Initiative Email Discussion Group
The Caregiver Support Initiative Email Discussion Group is a virtual forum for family caregivers to connect with caregivers to start a discussion, ask questions, and give advice on caregiving-related topics. Below are some stories family caregivers have shared:
Topic: Why members decided not to orient the person they are caring for with dementia (orienting is when you expose the person with dementia by providing them with a "reality check" that might not always be pleasant news. e.g., a person they think is still alive, but in reality has passed away.)
"My cousin's husband was a successful businessman who always dreamed of an alternate career as a country-western singer/rancher. As his wife was preparing him to go to a memory care facility, she called it "the ranch." He wore his cowboy hat to the initial tour. As he moved it to 'the ranch,' he lived a life he loved. He woke early and rounded up residents to help with chores, played his guitar, and sang cowboy sings every day. My cousin gave many thanks for the blessing of his happiness."
Read other stories and share your caregiving experiences by joining the email discussion group. There is no cost to become a member. Sign up at https://washoecaregivers.org/connect/ or call 775-333-5499.