The Caregiver’s Voice Story Ideas for the Media
In a 1997 speech, Former First Lady Rosalyn Carter, quoted a colleague saying there are four kinds of people in this world–
- those who will become caregivers,
- those who are caregivers,
- those who have been caregivers, and
- those who will need caregivers.
It’s only a matter of time before all of us will either be a caregiver or need one!
Given this, we at The Caregiver’s Voice value your interest in covering caregiving topics online, in print, in the movies, and on television.
We offer a few story ideas below to get you thinking in different ways to help your readers and viewers navigate the caregiving journey–especially when caring for loved ones with cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s.
Finding the JOY in Alzheimer’s / Caregiving
How can we find joy while caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other brain impairing disease or illness such as stroke, chemo brain, or PTSD? We can find the joy, we must find the joy, and we do find the joy … in order to survive.
What are my care options?
Addresses the state-of-the art in the Continuum of Care options from in-home or residential care to assisted living and nursing care, in addition to newer options such as aging in place communities. Baby boomers are savvy, actively involved, and creating new care options.
Helping the family member who doesn’t want any help
It took a lot of patience and three years, before Brenda Avadian persuaded her father to “visit” her in California. Once he agreed, she purchased a one-way plane ticket from Wisconsin. By this time, he was a danger to himself and could no longer live independently. How do we get involved with a loved one who doesn’t think s/he needs our help?
GUILT: The Five-letter word that consumes nearly every caregiver
Am I doing everything possible to provide my loved one the best care?
Am I doing it right?
I’m sure I could be doing more.
I feel so bad when I get angry.
Bottom Line: Most caregivers are doing the best they can with the knowledge, resources, and energy they have.
AKUDA: The art of Elder Abuse Prevention
There are four forms of elder abuse. Learning and applying the art of AKUDA will reduce any chance of elder abuse in the future.
Can I survive as a Caregiver?
The survival rates for caregivers over the age of sixty-five are alarmingly low. Many die before their loved ones. What steps do you need to take as a caregiver to survive?
A Life Transformed
Brenda Avadian, MA, often refers to caregivers as the heroes who perform noble deeds. After all, how would you label people who provide loving care to those who don’t even remember who they are? Brenda shares her and others’ maps to navigate the stormy seas of caregiving only to emerge transformed by the experience.
Brenda Avadian, Founder of TheCaregiversVoice.com believes:
To the world you may be one person
But to one person you are the world.