In this feature of the Genki Living blog, I would like to share with you helpful articles, interesting research, and useful health information that I came across in the past week.
On the recent passing of former First Lady Nancy Reagan, President Obama said, “Our former First Lady redefined the role in her time here. Later, in her long goodbye with President Reagan, she became a voice on behalf of millions of families going through the depleting, aching reality of Alzheimer’s, and took on a new role, as advocate, on behalf of treatments that hold the potential and the promise to improve and save lives.”
The President’s word ring true for millions of caregivers across the country. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s (and/or dementia) can be “depleting” and “aching”.
It turns out that while more men are taking on the role of caregiver, recently published research found that women caregivers had much lower self esteem, less family support and more harmful consequences in terms of their health and schedules than men who are caregivers.https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_157628.html
One way for caregivers (women and men) to manage their caregiving experience is to share time with other caregivers. A setting to share experiences and to learn to better manage the caregiving experience is Keiro’s lifelong learning course, “Powerful Tools for Caregivers”. Based on Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, this course is designed to provide family caregivers with tools and strategies to better handle the unique caregiver challenges they face. Course meets for 6 weeks, 1.5 hours per session, once a week. The next scheduled sessions are:
- Saturday, April 30, 2016 at East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center
- Saturday, May 7, 2016 at East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center
Keiro’s Genki Living Programs support people age on their own terms with dignity, vitality and confidence through:
* Knowledge (understanding?)
* Self determination (choice?)
* Engagement (connections?)
Keiro’s programs focus on supporting caregivers, making informed lifestyle choices, supporting residents of Keiro’s former facilities, and strengthening our community organization that serve seniors.
About the Author:
Dianne Kujubu Belli is the Chief Administrative Officer of Keiro. Dianne staysgenki by doing cardio and light weight training four days a week at the gym and dances Argentine tango.
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