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Over the last several months I have been co-hosting mini-presentations at various locations in The Greater Tampa Bay area to invite professional caregivers have lunch and learn more about The New Age of Caregiving Symposium and why they would want to attend.
The response has been sensational. I am very grateful. Recently, Jennifer Naster from The Fountains of Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg, FL helped me with one of our mini-presentations at her beautiful community. We had 17 various healthcare professionals attend who represented different aspects of our caregiving field. Such as Bob Nordstrom, an elder law attorney, Robin
Blinder, professional organizer, Ronda Pelusio, admission liaison from a rehab center, Patricia Hall from The Guardian Association, and Chuck Bingham from a senior publication. Individually, we are very purposeful and focused, but when we get together we become extremely dynamic. Our commitment to helping seniors and all types of caregivers is uplifting and powerful. We go the extra mile to help any caregiver in need.
As a group, we believe there are many aspects of caregiving that need to be addressed and many of us as individuals have experienced the hardship of caregiving as well. We get the challenges, the heartbreak, the ups and downs, the twists and turns. In Gail Sheehy’s book, PASSAGES in Caregiving turning chaos into confidence, she perfectly describes how a caregiver named Felicitas began having chest pains and dizziness and tried to pass it off as [Oh! it's nothing. It's going to pass. For five years she never went to see a doctor.] Unfortunately, this is why hundreds of caregivers become ill or die while taking care of a loved one. As Felicitas said, “I wasn’t thinking of myself, just taking care of others.” This is dangerous thinking, but Felicitas is not alone. That is why as healthcare professionals we want to embrace this “new age of caregiving” era and become more conscious of our thoughts and actions that will allow us to take responsibility of how it effects others, as well as ourselves.
It’s time to create the balance of taking care of our loved ones or clients and to circle back and take care of ourselves.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could devote a day to honoring caregivers?
The answer is yes and there’s a good chance that it could happen in the Greater Tampa Bay area. Here’s what’s happening…..
This past Friday, 24, 2011 was an exciting day for me. I visited the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco and Pinellas, Inc. to co-sign with Helen King, who is the Deputy Director of the Agency. The letters are being sent to various municipalities asking for the dignitaries to put their stamp of approval on a proclamation stating Friday, September 23, 2011 as “Caregiver Day” in our area and to be announced at The New Age of Caregiving Symposium that same day.
There are over 1 million professional and family caregivers in The Greater Tampa Bay area and it feels exhilarating to recognize their devotion to taking care of their loved ones, have an understanding of the endless hours of care they provide, and the unique challenges they face sometimes alone. The Symposium is symbolic of recognizing professional and family caregivers as their day to create balance in their lives, re-energize their spirits and provide them resources and information. What a proud moment we will have at the Symposium as we stand up and shout “Yes, It’s Caregiver Day in Tampa Bay!”
Several months ago I visited Senior Living Guide’s office to see for myself their newly dubbed space called the “Happy Room” where hundreds of lap blankets are waiting patiently to be handed out to seniors later this year.
The sight of all of these blankets did make you happy. It was if the variety of the colors, patterns and texture generated a sense of comfort and warmth. I believe that SLG has hit the ball out of the park on this project that has not just benefited seniors who have fallen in the love with the art of knitting, but have fallen in the love the idea of living. This project has brought joy and purpose to many lives. At The Caregiver Hour we say, “Yes, it would be great to live to 100 years old, but what really matters is the quality of life you lead throughout all your years.”
Enjoy the stories below from Jill at Senior Living Guide where she tells us about a few very special ladies contributing to the 500 Lap Relay.
When you are 96 years old and have Alzheimer’s, the days can be long for you and for your caregivers. Boredom and depression can be part of the daily routine, but not for “Mary” anymore. Mary’s health care provider, knowing that she knit years ago, suggested that she try knitting for Senior Living Guide’s 500 Lap Relay, a service project to provide 500 handmade lap blankets to seniors in wheelchairs. (more…)