Unsung Heroes #85

An Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group meets the second Thursday of every month at the Westport Senior Center. A volunteer writes:

Today as I left our meeting, I was struck with a profound sense of admiration for the strength and courage that each of the caregivers around the table exhibit time and time again.

These men and women give of themselves constantly, with no expectation of anything in return. They go above and beyond to make sure their loved ones are cared for physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

It is a thankless job. Burnout is common.

Every day we are surrounded by these unsung heroes. They tackle the responsibilities of their own lives, careers and families, while patiently and lovingly coordinating an array of services, appointments and support for their loved ones.

These caregivers show so much love and commitment to others. They too deserve a little love from the rest of us.

So true! If you are a caregiver — for Alzheimer’s, a family member or loved one suffering from cancer or any other illness, or a child who needs constant, consistent help — take a second, and take a bow. You are our Unsung Heroes of the Week.

3 responses to “Unsung Heroes #85

  1. Bonnie Bradley

    It’s great to see this story on your blog, Dan. Caregivers deserve accolades like yours. They give unselfishly to help others who cannot help themselves, to make their lives bearable, productive, even possible. I salute them… and you, for honoring them. Bravo!

  2. Mary Cookman Schmerker Staples '58

    Bonnie has said it perfectly. I know two families dealing with Alzheimer’s right now and have known several others with either memory loss or other constant care needs. They are unsung heroes who receive little recognition .
    Thank you Dan for highlighting this group and for those who are actively caring know that you are appreciated even when no one remembers to tell you.

  3. Arthur C Schoeller

    For caregivers there is an excellent book entitled “The 36 Hour Day”, written by Nancy L Mace and Peter V Rabins. It has been so popular and well received that it is it’s sixth edition. My in laws are now struggling through dealing with dementia. It has been a great help to better understand the stresses of caregiving and strategies to deal with managing loved ones who are now impaired.