Welcome to House of Light, a blog produced and managed by the staff of Casa de la Luz Hospice. Casa de la Luz ("house of light" in Spanish) is a locally owned and operated hospice, serving the city and surrounding communities of Tucson, Arizona. Through this blog, we hope to offer education, information, and support about caregiving and hospice care to terminally ill patients and their loved ones. For more information, visit the contact us page.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday Five Cares

The Friday Five is our weekly roundup of links to smart articles and helpful resources for family caregivers.

1. I stumbled across a blog this past week titled, Alzheimer's - My Mom My Hero, and the entries will make you smile even as tears come to your eyes. Lisa Hirsch, the blogger, writes about her experience having a mom with Alzheimer's. Lisa also offers perspective as a long-distance caregiver. Her entries are sad, heartwarming, touching, and just all-around compelling. I think it's an interesting read for anyone who had/has a loved one with Alzheimer's, or for anyone who's just interested in learning more about Alzheimer's.

2.  Speaking of Alzheimer's, did you know that 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, according to the Alzheimer's Association? Learn the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's. An early diagnosis offers more treatment options, and more time for you and your loved one to plan for the future.

3. It's so easy to get caught up in caring for your elderly parent or your seriously ill spouse, but research shows that family caregivers end up putting their own health at risk. U-T San Diego featured an article on just this issue earlier in the week. "Don't forget to care for the caregiver" cites studies that found "20 percent of employed female caregivers over 50 years old report symptoms of depression, and younger female caregivers say they experience stress at home." It's important to know the symptoms of caregiver burnout, and how to respond appropriately. We hope you find this article to be a good reminder why.

4. Speaking of caring for the caregiver, we always encourage family caregivers to locate resources in their community. Local agencies on aging, such as Pima County's Pima Council on Aging, offer information to services, workshops or classes, referrals, and more. These agencies are a great resource for aging adults, or for caregivers of an elderly adult.

5. Casa de la Luz Hospice has made a commitment to honoring our nation's veterans, and we are always interested in hearing great veteran stories. This week, our very own Tucson12 posted a great YouTube video with a veteran who shared his story as a former prisoner of war. Watch Remembering Our Heroes to listen to Lew Sleeper's story.

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