Every fall and spring I head to Concordia Language Villages, where I am in charge of a Norwegian Language and Culture Adult Week. And every year I hear stories from participants on their caregiving journeys. Because I have many repeat participants, I have been honored to walk alongside them for just a part of their caregiving journey. Here are snippets from my conversations (with small details changed to protect privacy):
- Dad now lives alone and has begun to have wine with dinner. He may be drinking too much and I’m worried. What happens if he falls? And he wears a button around his neck, but he doesn’t remember to push it for help.
- Mom has had another small stroke. She is now incontinent. She is becoming higher care. I’m tired.
- Our friend no longer enjoys going out to coffee with his friends. He can hardly talk and is very unsteady on his feet. He mostly sits at home.
Our caregiving stories are important to share; others learn from them. I interviewed KYMN’s Tim Freeland, as Tim is on his grandmother’s caregiving team. Tim’s family is cutting nursing expenses and increasing contact in creative ways. Take a listen, then share your story.