What Makes You Laugh?
Given the many challenges of caregiving, it may seem impossible to find a reason to smile. Yet sometimes a chuckle or laugh is exactly what stressed caregivers need. This online support group is here to help you take a lighthearted break, giggle with others who "get" it, and otherwise turn that frown upside down. Share funny caregiving stories, post a joke, or pass along tales of humorous moments. Can't get enough of the belly laughs? Check out the Smile of the Week blog, too!
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Ava Maria said...
6 months ago
My husband died a week ago and I am so sad. Through my sadness the only thing that makes me laugh is that my husband was a compulsive complainer. Until the day he died he complained about everything. He complained about the design of the hospital bed, he complained about the table, the food, the utensils, the noise. He probably complains to God in heaven about God knows what but I am sure he is complaining. That's what makes me laugh in the middle of my misery.
over 1 year ago
It is hard to find humor, when you work and when you get home you have to work some more and it does not seem that it is appreciated. Until that small moment when the person that you don't dare argue with because she/he is always write, looks and you and smiles saying "get me a drink of water, my butt is getting to heavy to get out of the chair" as she/he is tugging with all of their might on the walker to stand up as their butt just keeps falling back in the chair. When they can find humor in their situation than you should be able to also. look for the small things, even a hey sweaty how was work, in a very low whisper. I am talking about my finances, not my husband, but finances, mother. I have never been around an elderly and to put it bluntly dying person. Having a hard time, but the small things make me love her even more. My Butt gets heavy too.
over 1 year ago
Humorous Moment - I worked in a Nursing Home in California back in the early 90's. I had put in a two week notice and we were all set to drive back to New York in our extended van. We were going to take our time traveling to enjoy the country.
Just before the last day of work, one of the female residents asked me to take her with us. She wanted us to drop her off in Nevada near her home town. She was so cute, she said no one will notice her missing and begged me to take her along. I never forgot her over the years she had quite the sense of humor.
Ric's wife said...
over 2 years ago
We are giving mom, who is 91 with mild AD dementia, a good diet of snacks, so she can nibble whenever she likes. Her primary care Doc said this was wiser than three structured meals a day. I keep things stocked and close at hand for her; when she opens the fridge and sees the fruit, crackers, cheese, yogurt, veggies, etc it almost always sparks her appetite. When I am around or, even when I am not, she can snack, and get some nourishment. Well, I also make sure she gets on the scale whenever I come visit her (my sister Val and I stop many times a week, mom's neighbors tap on the door and look in when we are not available. So far, so good. In order to make sure she's going in the right direction and can still live alone for the present, I make certain she gets food, visits, laundry done - and a weigh-in. So yesterday, as I was putting my coat on getting ready to leave, I called to her, "Mom, sorry, I forgot. Before I head out I need you go weigh yourself.." "WHAT??" she answered quickly. "I said, go weigh yourself." She chuckled, "Oh, my goodness..I thought just now... you said, go **** yourself!" We must have belly laughed for five minutes, it was a scream. Another time, about a week ago, I said, in response to something that was bothering her, "I can understand how that might confuse you.." She thought a moment and said, "Honey, EVERYTHING confuses me!" It is critical to understand that dementia is not a complete downhill trajectory. That there are good days amid the bad. That there are chuckles along with the tears. Perhaps a caregivers greatest test, but also a wonderful reward when it does happen. Hang in, everybody! Best from NYC.
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