Caregiver Speaker, Elaine K Sanchez, http://elaineksanchez.com/, shares an excerpt from her book, “Letters from Madelyn, Chronicles of a Caregiver”. She talks about how maintaining a detached attitude can help a caregiver avoid becoming emotionally ravaged by the disease of progression of event.
This is the third video in the Caregiver Videos Getting Started segment of the video-based caregiver support program developed by Elaine K Sanchez and Dr. Alex A Sanchez. It introduces you to Elaine’s unflinchingly honest and very funny mother who wrote letters about her caregiving experience during the six-and-a-half years she cared for her husband following his debilitating stroke.
Both family and professional caregivers identify with Madelyn’s stress, boredom and frustration, but her strategies on managing stress are quite unique and can be especially helpful to people who are trying to figure out how to cope with their anger, guilt, depression and grief while caring for individuals who are stroke survivors, aged, disabled or are suffering with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other degenerative and progressive diseases.