Honoring the caregivers
TO THE EDITOR: This November, during National Family Caregivers Month, we recognize the impact of caregiving and honor the more than 16 million Americans caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, in 2018, caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias provided an estimated 18.5 billion hours of unpaid assistance, a contribution to the nation valued at $234 billion.
I am one of these caregivers. My husband, Don, has Alzheimer’s and although he is very high-functioning and it is progressing slowly, the unknown of what’s to come is haunting. It feels as if I’m constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop.
We are fortunate to have a great support system with friends, family and our church, but there are also wonderful services available in our community to ensure you’re on the right path. You’re not given a caregiving manual when your loved one gets this diagnosis. It can feel overwhelming, but our local Alzheimer’s Association has helped us get our medical and legal affairs in order, as well as provide a sounding board.
This month, take time to think about how you can support a caregiver. Ask for a list of errands that need to be run, spend time with the person with dementia so their caregiver can have a break, and educate yourself about the disease; the more you know, the easier it is to help.
Reach out to the Alzheimer’s Association and get involved. These small gestures make a big difference.
She'll be comforted
TO THE EDITOR: I see in the newspaper that Representative Stefanik is unhappy that Hunter Biden is not going to be called to testify before the impeachment committee.
Perhaps she will be comforted to learn that, during the Watergate investigation, the people who worked at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate building were not called to testify. Neither were the people on President Nixon's "enemies list."
These people were not the problem; the president was. The same is true today.