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Itís Okay to Laugh: Appreciate the Humor in Caregiving

Humor in the Media

The media has picked up on the fact that caregiving can be funny. For example, Fox Television’s hit TV sitcom Raising Hope stars Cloris Leachman as Maw Maw, the great-grandmother, once the rock of the family who now vacillates between moments of lucidity and dementia. In her mind, the house is infested with mongooses, she’s cheating on her dead husband and it just might be World War II.

The Number One Issue That Causes Caregivers to Break Down

It’s not just made-for-TV moments that have grabbed the media spotlight. In a real-life example, Justin Halpern moved in with his 73-year-old father after hitting hard financial times. He soon discovered that with old age, his father had lost all inhibitions, and said whatever was on his mind. Halpern, who describes his dad as “like Socrates, but angrier and with worse hair” began writing down his father’s rants and posting them to a Twitter account. Now, more than a million people follow Halpern’s philosophical musings on Twitter. As a result, Halpern was offered a book deal. In less than three months, the aptly named Sh*t My Dad Says made it to the New York Times Bestseller List.

Humor is a Necessity

Laverty urges all caregivers to give up the role of the martyr. “If you listen to the news then you know that caregivers are supposed to feel overwhelmed and exhausted and without hope,” she says. “When that mentality takes over, it’s a recipe for disaster. Don’t fall into victimization! I urge you to avoid adopting this mentality. It’s a horrible place to be and the longer you stay there, the more difficult it becomes to get out!”

Caregiving is hard Ė we’re not dismissing the gravity and hardship of the situation. But, during the tough times, it can be too easy to forget the importance of humor. Etch the funny memories in your spirit, and hold them in your heart. When you’re loved one is gone, you’ll be glad you did.

Read real-life upbeat, funny stories and words of inspiration here at AgingCare.com’s Breath of Fresh Air Ė a lighter side of caregiving.

Related:
Caregiver Strong: Reviving and Harnessing Your Personal Talents
Relaxing: Why Itís Hard, and How Caregivers Can Learn to Unwind
Bringing Out a Caregiverís Inner Optimist

The Lighter Side of Caregiving: Appreciate the Humor originally appeared on AgingCare.com.

 

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4:25AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

When my Mom got Alzheimer's, her whole personality changed. She was doing and saying things that she would never have done or said before. If I laughed at her, she would laugh right along with me some days. If she was afraid or scared of something I would laugh and tell her it was OK and then, she didn't look so afraid any more.

3:30PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Thanks for this!

8:51AM PST on Jan 30, 2012

interesting. thanks for the article.

11:11AM PST on Jan 29, 2012

thanks for sharing this

8:16AM PST on Jan 29, 2012

Quote of the Day:
A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

2:46AM PST on Jan 28, 2012

God bless you and thank you! :)

4:52PM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Thanks.

3:00PM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Really? Why are we even being given the thought that laughing is BAD!? If you are a kind and loving person let your heart be your guild.

6:23AM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Being able to laugh together...as much as cry together...is exactly what got our family through times like this.

5:51AM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Thanks.

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