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Dear Diary: Journaling for Caregivers

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Dear Diary: Journaling for Caregivers

Anne-Marie Botek, AgingCare.com editor

Tuesday November 11, 2011

Today mom threw her bowl of oatmeal at me.

I ducked under the spinning projectile. But, despite my maneuvering, I still came up covered  stray grey flecks.

For a second I just stood there, watching the gloppy remnants ooze down the wall and plop onto the floor among still-teetering pieces of smashed ceramic.

When did she get so strong? How can she hurl a full bowl of oatmeal like she’s channeling Walter Johnson, but, she can’t open her pill bottle or get out of a chair on her own!?

6 Reasons to Appreciate Your Job as a Caregiver

A caregiver’s journey is full of “dear diary” moments—those times when you just wish you had some way to discharge the knotted mass of emotions swirling around in your head.

The concept of keeping a diary may conjure up images of teenage girls confessing crushes. But, even adult caregivers can benefit from this practice.

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Dear Diary: Journaling for Caregivers originally appeared on AgingCare.com.  Visit AgingCare.com for more information on caregiving, senior living, and elder care.

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7:26PM PST on Jan 31, 2012

It sounds like a good idea, if you can find the time.

5:12PM PST on Jan 22, 2012

Facebook helps some. I can't bring myself to keep a journal, but will sometimes post how I feel.

4:40AM PST on Jan 19, 2012

When my Mom was in a nursing home with Alzheimer's, my sister and I rotated nights to be with her. For 2 years,we would send each other e-mails every night about her. I printed them out. It's more like a very thick book than a journal.

Mom's gone for almost 2 years now, but I still can't read any of them.

12:27PM PST on Jan 17, 2012

Journals can be very helpful. I'm so glad my parents aren't at this stage yet, but I will love them just as much when they are

8:28PM PST on Jan 13, 2012

It can be useful

11:03AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

Thanks.

6:50AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

interesting.

10:56PM PST on Jan 12, 2012

Thanks.

2:16PM PST on Jan 12, 2012

I am a caregiver of a disabled mother and 3 autistic children, plus 3 normal children and a somewhat normal husband, lol....and I do find journaling helps keep me sane.

6:04AM PST on Jan 12, 2012

I'll suggest it to a caregiver I know. It may help the person.

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