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Does your spouse have Alzheimer's?

Posted Sep 07 2008 8:38pm
There's help just for you!

Those of us who have journeyed the road of caregiving for our parent, spouse, partner, significant other, siblings, or other share a common bond.

However, those who care for a spouse face a unique experience indeed.

First, unlike married caregivers of parents, spouse caregivers no longer have someone to share intimate moments with or someone with whom to discuss important issues. While caring for my father, I could still discuss caregiving options and challenges with my husband.

Second, unless they have children close by or even living at home, spouse caregivers bear the caregiving burden mostly alone.

There are many other differentiating factors that caregiving spouses already know.

That's where Joan Gershman comes in. She launched TheAlzheimerSpouse.com a year ago finding it difficult to locate resources to help her cope with caring for her husband, Sid, who has Alzheimer's.

She sent me an eMail (abridged): Believe me, it is a completely different emotional dynamic than dealing with a parent or grandparent, and most spouses have no where to turn with their conflicting emotions and guilt.

If you are a caregiver for your spouse, partner, or significant other, be sure to visit Gershman's website. Then, let her know you learned about her site at TheCaregiversVoice.com.

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