On a crisp, sunny, spectacular fall day in California’s wine country, I did a presentation for the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California. The leaves were every color imaginable. The town of Yountville, a tiny and charming setting in Napa valley, was a gorgeous location. The community center where the event was held was filled.
The program had various interesting speakers. I spoke about about how to advocate for our aging parents in the healthcare system. I think I learned a lot more than I taught while I was there. Before I went on, I listened to a panel discussion of family caregivers, all of whom were taking care of a loved one with dementia.
Their stories were moving, touching, sad and instructive. We had a lump in our throats hearing them. I want to share with you some of the most important things they said. Deanna posed the question, “what advice would you give to other families who may be just starting out as caregivers?”
As I say often, we’re in this together, and we learn from each other about caring for our aging parents.