“Don’t go to bed angry. Don’t give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life.” Ephesians 4:27
A friend, whose husband has Alzheimer’s, sent me a link to an article written by Bob Marco at AlzheimersReadingRoom.com titled “Alzheimer’s–Sitting in the Front Row.” He writes about the emotions of caring for an Alzheimer patient. My friend said, “This article is too good not to pass on.” I agree. Read it and pass it on.
According to DeMarco, the Alzheimer patient’s caregiver feels isolated, like sitting in the front row alone. Every day has new challenges with a patient who might not even know who is caring for them. Compound forgetfulness with the traits of the disease and the caregiver’s response can be anger, which is normal. We are told not go to bed angry, but Heaven knows, it is not that easy to experience the same emotions day after day.
The article suggests we “sit” with the caregiver in the front row to understand a little of what they are experiencing. And, we can go one step further and look for ways to give the caregiver time off just “to be.”
For those who have a strong faith, there is respite in God’s arms. But it is human arms–the hugs and genuine interest in the caregiver that gives him or her the the strength to continue to face each day as the rational person in the relationship.
Lord, help us be aware of caregivers who need a huge dose of love and lots of hugs. Amen.