Looking back to my years a family caregiver, I wonder if I'd worn a badge that read "Fragile - Handle with Care", it might have been easier for others to understand me. Why I often had puffy eyes from crying, or scatter brained from sleep deprivation. I can remember a certain period of time when I was issued a number of traffic violations...speeding through a school zone of all things (my children were both in elementary school at the time). Thank goodness this was before cell phones. There were times when I simply wasn't myself. I was emotional, physically and spiritually worn out and burned out. Thinking clearly was often a challenge because I was overwhelmed.
No misspelling here. Who needs AGE-u-cation? Our care teams, family members, elder care providers, hospitals, business community, churches, non-profits need to be MUCH better AGE-u-cated®!
In my office there is a framed print of Nelson Mandela's famous quote "It always seems impossible until IT'S DONE". I believe hospitals have procrastinated long enough in becoming dementia friendly and the urgency to GET IT DONE is now.