Spring is on the way and we don’t want to lose one moment of it, if we can. It’s easy for caretakers to experience one day or one season blending into the next. Nose to the caregiver’s grindstone, we forget to step outside and take notice of the seasonal change that is beginning to take place all around us, especially here in beautiful Marin.
The daylight is lasting longer and the days, at last, are warming up. Tulips and crocus are already breaking ground and tree buds are beginning to appear. With them come the hopes of spring. While hope has many faces for caregivers as they help their loved ones through various phases of illness, it consistently offers a sense of newness and wonder that cannot be contained. It is in the air, so to speak. If we are lucky we can sense the seasonal change and find ways to enjoy it both with the loved ones we are caring for and by ourselves.
I’ve rounded up a few website links to spring activities that are geared specifically to caregivers. These sites can provide brief respites, growth opportunities, and humorous insights into our lives as caregivers.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I have:
The Caregiver’s Voice. Looking for joyful story submissions about caring for a loved one with brain impairment or dementia caused by Alzheimer’s, stroke, related illness, or trauma.
Hope for the Warriors Fall 2013 Spouse/Caregiver Scholarships. Apply in spring for program that identifies, recognizes, and rewards spouses/caregivers for their strength, fidelity, and resolve despite adversity. Scholarships aid in continued education at a reputable, accredited university, college, or trade school for spouses/caregivers as they assume critical roles in the financial well being of their families.
Caregiving Quiz. How well do you think you’re doing as a caregiver? Find out with these fun and easy quizzes. Also check-out blogs, articles & more by family caregivers.
Health Expectations Self Care Quotes. Uplifting reminders to remember our value, strength and courage as caregivers.
J. Dietrich Stroeh is author of Three Months: A Caregiving Journey from Heartbreak to Healing (2012 FolkHeart Press). For more information, visit www.threemonthsbook.com.