Is your life spent running in a zillion directions?

If so, there is a holiday for you.
Happy Cat Herder’s Day!
Really! It was invented by a couple in California in honor of all the people in the world whose lives can be compared to the impossible task of herding cats. (I have three – I’ve tried it and it can’t be done!)
Can you guess who in particular I’m thinking of?  Caregivers of course!  So many families of an ill senior have described their lives in similar terms. Their days can be endless, attempting to put out fires. Once “one cat” is caught” another gets away. And it’s like this, day after day. This may be especially true with an Alzheimer’s patient.
Click here to see my Caregiver’s Bill of Rights.  Then, add these “one liners”:
  • Be a helper not a boss . . .
  • Walk ahead going down stairs and behind going up stairs.
  • When they can’t hear you, change your pitch not just the volume.
  • Take care of yourself.
  • Empathize what an elder can do and avoid talking about what they can’t do.
  • Laugh.
  • Ask for help.
  • Medications are both savior and killer, be very, very careful.
  • Alzheimer’s patients should be agreed with, not corrected.
  • Write down what the doctor tells you.
  • Never transfer ownership of their money without consulting an attorney.
  • No skipping meals.
  • Make conversation by asked about events from their younger life.
  • Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and change the batteries.
Let us hear your one line tips. Just click here to send us an email and make the list grow.

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Alice Reiter Feld,
Posted in Alice Reiter Feld Florida Elder Law Monday Memos
One comment on “Is your life spent running in a zillion directions?
  1. Nyvaeh says:

    That’s what we’ve all been wiiatng for! Great posting!

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