Carmel’s Notes: A former caregiver’s reflections and looking forward

by Carmel Christine

It’s been twelve years since the lightening bolt of change pierced through the effervescent life of my one and only. It is still too heartbreaking to recount, that night, those times, but it changed everything and everyone around him and us and my future hopes. Thankful his life was spared, that was the hardest part of watching his mind taken over. But the best part was watching it unfold to the saved, strengthened and reshaped mind it is, and he is now, both mentally and physically. Now, sharp, keen, determined and skillful in his profession.

Caregiver Month

by Kathy Eide Casas

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 42 million Americans who help care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones. At first glance, those numbers may appear staggering, but we all know someone who is providing care for an aging parent, relative, or friend. Any of us can become a caregiver in the blink of an eye. One minute your mom is walking, and the next you receive the call that she’s fallen and broken a hip. Or, you notice that your spouse or parent is forgetting more than they’re remembering. Life changes and roles change quickly as well.