Treading Dark Waters - a Column by Ray Burow

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As a former caregiver to an elderly parent who had Alzheimer’s disease, Florida-based Ray counts it a privilege to write columns discussing the day-to-day challenges associated with the onslaught of memory loss. Fighting a relentless foe, caregivers find themselves in the deep trenches, right alongside their loved ones. Her goal is to assist the caregiver on their journey by encouraging them to keep trudging through the mire of uncertainty. “I will be your harbinger of better days to come, so that you’ll know it’s possible to make it through the dark hours, and that even a difficult journey through Alzheimer’s disease can be punctuated with optimism. May you find joy on your journey.”

Who knows how many choices an Alzheimer’s caregiver makes?

Each morning arrives with a new set of choices. The average adult makes about 35,000 decisions a day, according to researchers at Cornell University, and more responsibility brings with it more decisions. I wonder how many decisions a caregiver faces each day. Pregnant women are often told…

New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Caregivers are some of the most resolved people, but resolutions can easily escape us. Maybe the goals we set are too lofty. Also, providing care for a loved one requires a lot of energy. So what type of resolution can a caregiver make?…