"After the Caregiving Ends" + aftergiving.com

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"After the Caregiving Ends" + aftergiving.com

Postby Robin » Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:44 pm

There were two blog posts in last week's "New Old Age: Caring and Coping" blog in the New York Times that were about life after
caregiving. Thursday's (3/7) article includes two stories -- one of which is about a woman whose husband had MSA, a "devastating diagnosis." Friday's article also includes two stories about caregivers who derive comfort in knowing that they helped their family members.

Thursday's blog post also references a website that some "former caregivers" or "veteran caregivers" may find of interest:
aftergiving.com. The website describes itself as follows: "AfterGiving.com is a community of former family caregivers transitioning to a life after caregiving."

Here are links to both blog posts in case you want to read further.


http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2013 ... ving-ends/

New Old Age: Caring and Coping
New York Times

End-of-Life Care
March 7, 2013, 10:05 am
After the Caregiving Ends
By Judith Graham

In January, the 93-year-old mother of my oldest friend died in a Chicago suburb. Suzy was exceptionally close to her mother, and had long dreaded saying a final goodbye. But when it came time to do so — after a year in which her mother struggled with illness and increasing disability — my friend was surprisingly at peace. ...

http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2013 ... ng-helped/

End-of-Life Care
March 8, 2013, 7:02 am
After Caregiving, Comfort in Having Helped
By Judith Graham

Caregiving is so all-consuming, it can seem impossible to imagine life after, when all of those responsibilities are suddenly gone.

It is then that many people become aware that they were on autopilot, with their deepest emotions and needs kept at bay. Some are washed with relief. Others feel adrift. Some go back to life as usual. Others are permanently changed. ...
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