Links We Like-June 28

| By Jodi Horton

We read this article last week, “Honoring his father by honoring Alzheimer’s caregivers,” and found it a slightly sad, but touching piece about how one man is honoring the memory of his father and the years his father required. We’re sure this caregiving story will resonate with at least a few people–the recognition that a parent is aging and needs help, juggling caregiving shifts with siblings, the profound moments of connection that can occur at the end of life.

Plenty of stories are written about individuals with Alzheimer’s, but they’re usually from a caregiver perspective. That’s what makes this blog, “Watching the Lights Go Out,” particularly interesting. It’s written by a retired physician who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in September 2012. He writes reguarly about his experience with the disease, his daily life, and says his goal is to dispel fear and embarrassment about Alzheimer’s.

If you are a caregiver for an individual with Alzheimer’s disease, we wouldn’t be very surprised if you told us you’re under a fair amount of stress. That’s to be expected, but it is important to try and keep stress in check. Otherwise, it can overwhelm a person and be harmful to your own health–not very helpful for a caregiver. Take the Caregiver Stress Check from the Alzheimer’s Association to see how you’re doing.

And for a touch of inspirationg this week, we offer you the Life, Uninterrupted column from the New York Times, written by a 22-year-old with cancer. She’s been writing about her disease and her treatments, chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, and her words are articulate and inspiring. This week she offered a wonderful piece about making resolutions and being patient with yourself.

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