First there was The Horse Whisperer then The Dog Whisperer and The Ghost Whisperer. I wonder when we will see The Cat Whisperer. Oh wait, there’s Jackson Galaxy. And now, there’s a unique individual in the world of dementia–The Alzheimer’s Whisperer. Providing guilt-free quality care, this person balances life with caregiving … better than most of us.
The Alzheimer’s Whisperer has the unique ability to communicate with, care for, and comfort a person with Alzheimer’s while preserving her/her own well-being.
The Alzheimer’s Whisperer (AP) demonstrates five keys to caregiving:
1. Know How
The AP learns as much as possible about Alzheimer’s from organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Caring.com, and the National Family Caregivers Association. The AP gains wisdom by participating in support groups, educational offerings, and online chats. If time is limited (due to work or other activities), the AP reads books and informational materials in order to know what to expect.
With knowledge, the AP is better able to accept the reality of a loved one’s condition. The AP exhibits greater compassion while coping with disruptive behaviors and anticipating needs.
5 KEYS to becoming The Alzheimer’s Whisperer (AP)
1. KNOW HOW
5. UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
The AP is committed to providing quality care, despite intermittent tears and joys. The AP takes advantage of the continuum of care–in-home care, adult day care, respite care, assisted living or skilled nursing care–and draws on others to help with caregiving.
The Alzheimer’s Whisperer recognizes that being a caregiver is temporary;
yet, it is a life-changing journey taken by very special people.
Each day, and sometimes every hour, the AP visualizes how s/he would want to be cared for if the roles were reversed. Approaching caregiving from this perspective enables the AP to enter fully into his/her loved one’s world without loss of self. This tip alone is credited with giving caregivers a new lease on their role.
5. Unconditional Love
Building on the first four keys, the AP cares with an open heart that raises his/her own life purpose and meaning in unexpected ways. Despite the challenges, the AP is able to tap into hidden strengths.
What better gift can a caregiver give to one with Alzheimer’s (or other dementia) than the five keys of The Alzheimer’s Whisperer?
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