In a recent conversation I was asked about caregivers who are kicking ass at caregiving. There are many examples of caregiving done right. I’ve written about a few of them over the past year:
I love this example. There are a lot of people doing a great job with assisted living, but these geniuses in Holland have taken it a step further. Instead of recreating the home (assisted living), they’ve recreated a village.
The Often Awesome Army helped Tim LaFollette as he battled ALS. This is a great example of the importance of a support group.
Jen Lee Reeves started a community around limb differences when her daughter was born. Jordan, age 9, is an extremely important voice for those with limb differences in the US.
This totally freaks people out, but we should be open to it. There are many ways robots can help us be happy, or help us live the lives we want to live.
Who should I be adding to this list? Tell me a great caregiving story and I’ll write about it. If you don’t know of an example you may want to consider helping someone you know who is a caregiver. Perhaps your help can help them do something amazing. Read this (Don't ask what someone needs, offer ways to help.) and do something for somebody today.
P.S. If you're a caregiver and don't know where to start, the following might help you get started:
- Opening personal finance conversations with your family. These conversations can help you if you find yourself in an unexpected caregiving situation.
- It's not just about losing your memory. A few tips to help you understand how to interact with someone with Alzheimer's.
- 7 tips for online communities. A few tips for finding people like you.
- Is it politically correct to say disabled? Is it? Does it matter?
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Caregiver related articles:
The US transportation system falls short for the elderly. Understanding why can make it better.
Stephanie Thomas is cur8able, curating clothing and lifestyle products that are accessible /smart/ stylish for people with disabilities.
A video game, Forget-Me-Knot, helps people understand what it is like to have Alzheimer's.
BrainDance is a collaborative project bringing together dance choreographers, neuroscientists, physicians, philosophers and people with Parkinson's disease to explore movement.
The dying process is messy. It’s hard on everyone. It’s confusing. It’s painful. It’s the beginning of your grief. Talking about it early will help the survivors cope.
Emily McDowell made empathy cards to say all the things that are difficult to say.
As your parents and loved ones grow older you start to notice subtle differences in the way they live their lives. These modifications generally come after something has happened.
A wearable device that allows you to send messages with simple gestures.
Personal experience helped a Boy Scout create a wearable to prevent Alzheimer's patients from wandering.
An online decision tool that helps family caregivers make health and care decisions.