Wednesday Workshop – Why Caregiving is a Constant Learning Experience
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. The most successful people in the world never stop learning. They may have graduated from school a long time ago, but the learning continues forever. The same is true for caregivers, especially the caregivers who serve loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease. The truth is that if you want to grow as person, and a caregiver, you have to constantly learn new things.
The best professional athletes are not always the most talented. They are the athletes who are the most coachable and work the hardest. The richest people in the world are not the smartest people with brilliant ideas, they have learned from others and hired the best people to work for them. The richest people may not always have a great formal education, but they have mentors and people who have taught them how to succeed. The most successful people are constantly learning and adapting. The same is true for caregiving!
As dementia progresses, the person with Alzheimer’s will require a greater level of care.
During this time, it’s important for the caregiver to educate themselves on the next stage of the disease. Caregivers will need to learn the likes and dislikes of their loved one to genuinely connect with the person they care for. You’ll need to learn how to properly combat difficult behaviors. You’ll need to learn about community resources and support programs that can help you. You’ll need to learn how to be more flexible and patience. The list goes on and on.
The best thing you can do to learn is to surround yourself with experts! Being open to receive help is a sign of strength. Admitting to yourself that you cannot do all things alone and reaching out for help and guidance will make caregiving much easier. Find a local resource center in your area, like the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center. We have a wealth of information about Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, difficult behaviors, resources, and program information. We even host a monthly FREE family caregiver workshop, which allows you to get up-close and personal with our President and CEO, Elayne Forgie who has been helping and educating caregivers and families for the past 16 years.
There are always new things to learn when it comes to caring for a loved one.
Remember, when you’re ready to reach out, the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center will be here for you! We encourage you to learn as much as you can about the person you care for. Not only will it help you be a better caregiver, but it might even help you become a better and overall happier person. A bonus to all of this is that being a life-long learner decreases your risk for dementia, so continue to keep your brain active by learning!
To speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week!