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Caregiver Quotes and Tips – Be There | by Linda Brendle

Be There

When I first began to write, I did it strictly for myself–as a way to vent my frustrations as a caregiver and to maintain my own sanity. Then, when I began to share what I had written, the feedback I received told me that other caregivers found comfort and sometimes inspiration in reading about my experiences. Caregiving is extremely difficult, but the Apostle Paul says we can comfort other with the comfort we receive from God. When things are hard, remember what and who helped you survive, what helped and what didn’t, what comforted and what didn’t. Then, when you have passed through the storm and come out on the other side, you can use what you’ve learned to help those who are still struggling. It is a way to help give meaning to the battle your loved one has endured.

Blessings,

Linda

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Caregiver Quotes and Tips – Singing Their Song | by Linda Brendle

Learning the song in their heart

 

I’ve written before about how music can serve as a connecting link between a caregiver and a loved one with Alzheimer’s. I found this beautiful quote on Pinterest, and I wanted to share it with you. I love the image of the door, because several times I saw the door into Mom’s mind open when we shared a song that we both loved. Read or sing the stories, poems, and songs you shared with your loved one before Alzheimer’s. Perhaps that door will open, if only for a moment.

Blessings,

Linda

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Caregiver Quotes and Tips #5 – Matching Socks | by Linda Brendle

Matching Socks

 

With Mom, the issue wasn’t whether or not the socks matched. Instead, it was the number of socks. If I wasn’t helping her get dressed, she’d sometimes forget where she was in the process, so she’d put on another sock. I think her record was four socks on one foot and two on the other. It’s really hard to get a shoe on when you’re wearing four socks–and it’s difficult to get the outer layer off without a pair of scissors.

As for me, I don’t think I ever left the house with my clothing on backwards. I did, however, often run out the door on Sunday morning with my jewelry in one jacket pocket, my lipstick and mascara in the other, and my knee highs and belt in my hand. Fortunately, God looks at the heart and not how well put together you are.

Blessings,

Linda

A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos

Caregiver Quotes and Tips #4 – Being Grateful | by Linda Brendle

Grateful Heart

There were days during my time as a caregiver that my attitude was really bad. I had plenty of excuses and even some valid reasons for my feelings, but being negative didn’t improve things a bit. One day during my quiet time I read something about being grateful, and it stuck with me. I wondered how my attitude would improved if I focused more on the positive. (more…)

Caregiver Quotes and Tips #3 – Dancing in the Rain | by Linda Brendle

Dance in the Rain

 

Too many people spend too much of their life waiting.

  • When I finish school, then…
  • When I get married, then…
  • When the children graduate, then…
  • When I get a promotion, then…

If you wait for life to be perfect before you begin to enjoy it, you will come to the end and realize you missed it.

Caregivers have to shift much of their focus away from themselves and onto the loved one who needs their care, but the shift shouldn’t be a total denial of self. When David and I became caregivers, we were determined to continue to have a life. We no longer took cross-country trips on our motorcycles, but we bought a motor home that was big enough to accommodate four and took Mom and Dad with us. It was chaotic, and at times it was heart wrenching–but at times it was lovely beyond belief.

The next time the rain begins to fall in your life, go outside and dance!

Blessings,

Linda

Caregiver Quotes and Tips – Sharing Burdens | by Linda Brendle

Pinterest LogoI have a new vice—Pinterest. In order to justify the time I spend cruising the many boards, I’ve added a new feature to my blog. Each Monday, I’ll post a quote or tip related to caregiving. Let me know what you think. (more…)

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