Looking for a part-time job? AARP's online career fair Jan. 24 can help! Register for free.

 

Reply
Info Seeker
0
Kudos
595
Views

Re: AARP Caregiving Summer Break Contest

595 Views
Message 71 of 1,085

Hi, my name is Christie. I had to quit my job three years ago in order to provide care to my husband. He had a life-threatening illness. After being discharged from the nursing home, he was not able to safely probide his own care (forgot meds, fell to floor and forgot how to get up). He had been working full time as a high school teacher on a Friday and was almost dead on the following Monday. 

I have been going to school for a Masters Degree in Nursing Education while taking care of him. He has had two more heart attacks in the past two years that have weakened him further. (He is younger than me.)

I can't really get away from caring for him, but my homework helps. We did take a two day trip this year to attend the Highland Festival in Flagstaff, AZ. I am the Deputy Commissioner, Greater Phoenix Area for ClanRoss America. As such I represent my Clan at Highland events throughout Arizona. It is fun to get out there in my kilt and dance to the bagpipes. At least, at these events, we fit right in!

Report Inappropriate Content
0
Kudos
595
Views
Info Seeker
0
Kudos
609
Views

Re: AARP Caregiving Summer Break Contest

609 Views
Message 72 of 1,085

I take care of my grandson who has Autism, ADHD and Anxiety Disorder.  We love to take him for ice cream and he loves to play miniature golf so we do that also.  He is a very loveable child so it is no problem for us to watch him.

Report Inappropriate Content
0
Kudos
609
Views
Info Seeker
0
Kudos
605
Views

Re: AARP Caregiving Summer Break Contest

605 Views
Message 73 of 1,085

Caregiving an aging parent can be a great learning experience, and quite humbling. My mother has always been reluctant to use public restrooms, almost to the point of phobia. This can serve as a barrier to traveling, and seemed to be keeping her from attending important family events that required traveling. I was very irritated, until I realized that her reasons, now, were no longer just the old dislike of public restrooms, which could be overcome by the importance of the events. She is afraid of falling, and once my sister and I figured that out and assured her that we'd help her, life has been a lot more enriching. I wish I'd understood earlier, instead of being irritated by incorrect assumptions.

Report Inappropriate Content
0
Kudos
605
Views
Info Seeker
0
Kudos
612
Views

Re: AARP Caregiving Summer Break Contest

612 Views
Message 74 of 1,085

We've had to be very careful with where we take my mom. In addition to accessibility, there's the question of what happens if she gets sick. Staying within the US or Canada is key, as is figuring out if she will enjoy the vacation and the travel to get there. Road trips are a bit easier because we can stop whenever we want.

Report Inappropriate Content
0
Kudos
612
Views
Info Seeker
1
Kudos
605
Views

Re: AARP Caregiving Summer Break Contest

605 Views
Message 75 of 1,085

Summertime means taking a break from work and stress in order to spend time with love ones. It doesn't matter if you guys are at a beach or staying in watching movies at home. It is the time spent together and memories that make summertime special. I do not qualify for the sweepstakes, but I want to share my story. My mother is ill with diabetes. She loves to do Zumba as a way to exercise and stay healthy. I join her, as much as I hate cardio, but it makes her happy. I love seeeing my mother happy, especially when I am partaking in her happiness. We may not be at a beach together, but we are exercising together and staying healthy. 

Report Inappropriate Content
1
Kudos
605
Views
Info Seeker
0
Kudos
533
Views

Re: AARP Online Community Caregiving Summer Travel Contest 2018

533 Views
Message 76 of 1,085

There have been many challenges.  My husband had a stroke and we continued to vacation the best we could based on his limitations due to his stroke.  We planned ahead to ensure we had an assessible hotel room.  However, one still has to plan by taking other familiar items you utilize at home (i.e., a raised commode seat, mobile chair, brace for leg, etc.).   So, we are on our way to Jacksonville, FL for a book signing and reunion.  After we passed Tallahassee, FL I noticed something blew off the back of the car.  I pulled over and found that the car tag had gone airborne.  We knew there would be problems checking-in and parking at various places since we had a handicapped tag.  We contacted the State Trooper's Office and he gave us a case number, etc. to show if we needed it.  We continued our vacation and later laughed about the incident.  We never received a call that the tag was located.  So, remember to check the screws in your tag if you are planning to take a vacation before getting on the road!

Report Inappropriate Content
0
Kudos
533
Views
Info Seeker
0
Kudos
603
Views

Re: AARP Caregiving Summer Break Contest

603 Views
Message 77 of 1,085

It's important to take care of loved ones and give them strength when they need it

Report Inappropriate Content
0
Kudos
603
Views
Info Seeker
0
Kudos
615
Views

Re: AARP Caregiving Summer Break Contest

615 Views
Message 78 of 1,085

I care for my mother who has short term memory loss after being in a coma for 2 months from and asthma attack. It is very hard sometimes on myself and my family, but we always remind ourselves how grateful we are to still have her with us.

Report Inappropriate Content
0
Kudos
615
Views
Info Seeker
0
Kudos
607
Views

Re: AARP Caregiving Summer Break Contest

607 Views
Message 79 of 1,085

My name is Melissa and I often share in the caregiving of my father who has Parkinson's.  I found even the small breaks while he was napping or while someone else was able to stay with him while I shopped helped.  I appreciated the chance to be by myself for a little while and destress.

Report Inappropriate Content
0
Kudos
607
Views
Info Seeker
0
Kudos
607
Views

Re: AARP Caregiving Summer Break Contest

607 Views
Message 80 of 1,085

We are planning on a family vacation to Disneyland. It's fun for a multi-generational trip since we can all feel like kids again!

Report Inappropriate Content
0
Kudos
607
Views