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Advice from Leeza Gibbons – Champion for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Breathe: Start by taking 10 purposeful breaths; breathing in sheer certainty that you are doing your best. Breathe out all the negativity that weighs heavily on you. This can change your physical and emotional state so you can better cope with your caregiver stress.

Believe: Now is the time to be an optimist. Know that your efforts will be enough. Believe that you can get empowered by others who have achieved this before you.

Receive: Everyone has limits. Know that real strength comes from knowing when to ask for help. When someone says, “Do you need anything?” say “yes,” and be prepared to tell them a specific way they could help.

Source: This is a shortened version of interview with Leeza on CNN, April 26, 2011.

Note: After Leeza Gibbons’ grandmother and mother died of Alzheimer’s disease, she decided to help other family members caring for their loved ones with the disease. She created Leeza’s Place, a facility for Alzheimer’s caregivers.

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2 Responses to “Advice from Leeza Gibbons – Champion for Alzheimer’s Caregivers”

  1. Frank's wife says:

    I have just written a book called Caregiving for Beginners, or what I learned caregiving for Frank and his Dementia.
    Frank is the longest living FTDementia research subjects the UCSanFrancisco’s memory and aging dept. They suggest last March that take notes on what I was doing for Frank at home.

    My notes became a little book! One which I wish I had had when Frank was first diagnosed 7 years ago.

    I would feel honored it you would read it and even perhaps recomend it to your readers.
    Xlibrus is my publisher. The book can be obtained on Amazon, or Barnes and Noble’s website.
    Thank you, Frank’s wife.

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  2. Frank's wife says:

    My husband Frank was diagnosed with Frontal Temporal Dementia 7 years ago. He is one of the longest living FTD research subjects they have at the Memory and Aging Dept at UCSanFrancisco.
    Last March one of the researchers said they hoped that I was taking notes on what I was doing for Frank at home.
    Those notes turned into a little book. One which I wish I had had when Frank was first diagnosed.

    I am hoping you would read the book: “Cargiving for Beginners” and perhaps mention it on your website.

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