By Carolyn Johnson
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter once said, “There are only four kinds of people in this world: Those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.” The point she was making is that nearly all of us will have to deal with long term care for ourselves; our parents or other relatives sometime in our life. Most people do not plan to be caregivers. They are thrust into the role by fate and circumstance. They really don’t think about long term care until it hits then in the face.
Whether you are caring for a person with cancer, Alzheimer’s, or some other debilitating disease—you have never experienced such a challenge as you are now going through. Caregiving is one of the most demanding, time-consuming, and exhausting job a person can have. But for many, caregiving for an older parent or other relative is not their only job. In addition to having their own homes and families to care for, more than two-thirds of today’s caregivers also hold jobs outside the home.
If you are trying to juggle a family, a job, and an aging parent you are probably feeling a little stressed. The effects of juggling all can be devastating to both your health and your finances.
We have recently started a caregiver’s support group at our Senior Center here in Muleshoe. Their wisdom and compassion contribute greatly as they live and work on a daily basis with those affected by these types of health issues.
Anyone who is interested is invited to come and join the group. The intent of the program is to offer tips, techniques, and practical advice on how to cope with personality and behavioral changes that occur throughout the disease progression. And though sharing ideas and experience, gives support to caregivers who are learning to cope with these changes occurring in their loved ones.
For more information, call 806-272-4969.
menu July 29-August 12
MONDAY, July 29 – Cubed Steak, Roasted Ranch Potatoes, Carrots, Tossed Vegetable Salad, Lo Cal French Dressing, Cornbread, Apricot Halves
TUESDAY, July 30 – Crispy Chicken Breast on Bun, Tomato & Lettuce, Fat-Free Mayonnaise, Potato Wedges, Carrot & Raisin Salad, Fruit Cocktail
WEDNESDAY, July 31 – Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Country Gravy, Stewed Okra, Seasoned Corn, Pumpkin Square
THURSDAY, August 1 – BBQ Beef Brisket, Ranch Style Beans, Cornbread, Buttered Carrots, Strawberries
FRIDAY, August 2 – Fish or Chicken Strips, Borracho Beans, Green Peas, Tossed Vegetable Salad, Lo Cal French Dressing, Whole Wheat Roll, Tropical Fruit Mix