What We’re Reading Now: Family Caregivers Honoring Life and Memories

  • Published: September 23rd, 2012
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As a family caregiver, the experience of caring for an aging family member, a chronically ill or seriously ill loved one can at times feel very isolating and lonely. Many caregivers have noted that reading about, or sharing experiences with, other caregivers in similar situations can be a source of comfort and strength.

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Hospice executive Jeanne Davis shares the story of a family caregiver in his 40′s who cared for his grandfather when his illness progressed. The caregiver recalled how his grandfather cared for him when he was young, noting “I made a promise I’d be there for him when he made a turn for the worse…” Read more in the Huffington Post.

13-year-old Simon Glezer honored the legacy of his father, who died shortly after his 9th birthday, by remembering those who supported him, his mother and family during their grief. In celebration of his bar mitzvah, he raised $2,100 to support the grief support programs at San Diego Hospice. Learn more about Simon’s journey

The question of a “preferred caregiver” for aging parent was the focus of a Purdue University research study involving interviews with 234 older mothers, which found they have preferred caregivers among their children. Researchers suggest that “families may want to discuss caregiver preferences when older mothers begin to need some help, but before they need a lot of help…” Read more about this study.

Written by mdelacalzada

Communications Executive, Social Media Aficionado, Caregiver Advocate. Currently serves as the Executive Director of Communications and Public Relations at San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine, a non-profit community-owned healthcare organization since 1977.

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