Caregiver’s Magic Potion
I'm so frustrated I could spit wooden nickels! Another article regarding stressed out caregivers and what they can do to help themselves. And nowhere in that article was it mentioned, or even hinted at, that the "best-est" stress reliever a caregiver can have, is AN ALZHEIMER'S DOG. Not only can a dog relieve the caregiver but also other family members and the patient. Dog's don't talk back, they're cheaper than drugs and have no harmful side effects, you can never forget to take them or overdose, and unlike medication, they relieve a myriad of human ailments simultaneously. Further, one does not have to refill a prescription, nor get another written script. The only known side affects that I'm (personally) aware of are my smiles, a sense of well being, camaraderie, and relief. Several folks advocate that chief caregivers need to avail themselves of someone else to help when needed. What about a dog? They are companions and Allys content to be with their patient and caregiver 24/7. I, too, burn out and how wonderful it is to have a warm, furry body voluntarily come quietly up beside me to make a gentle sympathic contact. I am the first person to advocate for necessary relief caregivers and prescriptions but ... you can not bottle this stuff called unconditional canine love.