Hello and Welcome!
I am sooooo glad you are here! 🎵🎄💝🌞☕
– Judy Shone –
Q: Are you an informal, unpaid caregiver, a family member? a spouse? partner? friend or neighbour? or caregiver support?
Q: Is your loved one’s need for care related to memory loss?
A: This caregiver-focused site is for you.
THE INTENTION and HOPE:
…to help others understand the caregiving life of caregivers of those with memory loss;
…to connect with the hearts and minds of caregivers walking an unfamiliar path;
…to be support for caregivers managing their own life while caring for another;
…to encourage others to reach out as reassurance so no one feels alone.
Learning from other caregivers will make interactions easier for those who want to understand, or those who want to offer assistance.
“Sometimes your caregiver stories find their way into my life
at just the moments I need them.” ~ Carla S., caregiver, blog reader
Since becoming a caregiver, I have heard and
read stories of many who tend to those who need care.
I have learned that caregivers:
…display the bravery of gladiators,
…possess the natural ability of geniuses,
…draw upon the wisdom of sages;
…borrow magic from wizards,
…hold hands with angels,
…confirm the selflessness of parents,
…are gifted with shoulders of Atlas;
…are so busy caring for their loved one that they don’t realize they need to take time to laugh!!
Caregivers are God’s treasures in the universe.
“Stories break through into the heart space.”
Walking Each Other Home, by Ram Dass & Mirabai Bush
Accepting the Gift of Caregiving is not just the name of a blogsite and is not just the name of the book series of my journey. Acceptance is a process that many caregivers go through by the caring experiences we live, from the desperation, and sometimes even the despondency, we feel until we reach awareness, insight and understanding and eventually acceptance. It is not an easy journey.
My purpose in writing Accepting the Gift of Caregiving blogsite and books is to be support and encouragement as caregivers make their way from that desperation to acceptance, from anxieties to courage.
READ OUR CAREGIVER-WRITTEN STORIES
We know from childhood that we learn from stories.
In that same way, I hope our stories will:
1. broaden the knowledge base for a caregiver’s toolbox, and
2. guide those who, by choice, support them.
The authors of these stories are caregivers who stepped up to, or fell into, the role of caring for loved ones with memory loss. They are family members, friends, or those who encourage and support caregivers.
Caregivers can also be professionals in the field of caring, as well as members of support teams. They have lived in the world of caregiving and have helped carry the burdens for those who no longer can manage on their own.
WALK WITH CAREGIVERS
When I first became a caregiver, I did not find information as available as it is now, nearly ten years later. I hope we can provide the help I wish I had had.
I invite you to walk with me and my guest authors who reveal joys and sorrows from their personal caregiving experiences.
We all share in the hopes that you will find something new and meaningful that you can take away to use or share on your journey.
Although we may never meet in person, I still hope you will let these words shine a light on your path.
Do not feel alone … contact me !
💖 We look forward to seeing you walking beside us. 💖
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HEAR THE WORDS SPOKEN – “A Conversation for Caregivers with Judy Shone“
“This is soooooo worth the listen! Totally “my story” thank you ” ` ~ Linda Stock, Facebook comment.
Listening to the voice of the one who wrote the words helps me get a sense of that person’s tone, perhaps the personality and demeanor of the author. It helps me feel I know them, and when I read, I ‘hear’ the author’s words from a broader perspective It is with that in mind that I direct you to the interview video with the Alzheimer Society, “A Conversation for Caregivers with Judy Shone.”
Production by Halton Hills Public Library, Moderated by Danielle Arbour, Education Coordinator with Alzheimer Society, Hamilton Halton.
Read the Oakville Beaver/In Halton press release about the video.
Put your arms around your shoulders and squeeze…that’s a bear hug from me. -Jas
Annie B and Archie Bear are the source of bears and bear hugs associated with these books seen on
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
When you see a bear, feel the hugs from Annie B and Archie and me!! 💕Remember, you are my sunshine!🌞
Judith Allen Shone
“I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile.“
Charles de Lint
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Do not wait. You can be the one who responds to a caregiver’s plea, the one who reaches out with encouragement to a caregiver who needs your friendship. You’ll know the one.
It feels good to discover others have been angry or sad, felt similar guilt, made the same mistakes and wondered about the same unanswered questions. Let them know it is OK!
“Where Caregivers are Encouraging One Another”, December 18, 2019 © Judith Allen Shone, updated regularly
“Accepting the Gift of Caregiving” blog Copyright © 2019 Judith Allen Shone
A REMINDER before you go, these stories are copyrighted with all rights reserved. If you choose to copy any words from this site, for education purposes, for your school project, for sharing with other caregivers, for inclusion in a speech, please, please honor the rights of authors, as you wish to be honored and include the author’s name, mine or the guest, the article name and the date, the name and link of this blog. THANK YOU.
Do something each day to make others smile and your heart sing.
DO YOU UNDERSTAND the caregiver’s life?
Do you yearn to feel encouragement and support?
Those who do, will resonate with the shared experiences, both here and in the two books.
Accepting the Gift of Caregiving
Is There Any Ice Cream?
Did You Hide The Cookies?
NOTE OF THANKS TO ARTISTS
All illustrations for book cover, the lilacs, and the illustrations for the Caregiver Feels, Caregiver Tips and Sharing Our Knowledge lead images were co-created and adapted from artwork from talented artist, ©Tatiana Mitrushova, with license from fotolia.com.Visit her site, @MitrushovaArt on Etsy. The cone of the book cover original by Jiri Hera, with license from dreamstime.com
A Canadian artist Luciana Silva from Pixabay has created many lovely watercolour flowers shown on Caregiver Tips and other pages on this site. Click on link lucianapappdesign to see her artwork..
Header logo image by the author, Judith Allen Shone
Photo credits: Many photos on this site are from Pixabay.com.
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In Ontario, phone the Alzheimer Society:
Alzheimer Society Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton website
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