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  •  neato! (2+ / 0-)
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    Sara R, JaxDem

    I didn't know about this DKos project. I thought quilt diaries had to do with a shared hobby.

    What a wonderful idea!

    When I was in graduate school, I worked as a part-time caregiver for a woman with alzheimers in exchange for low rent. The primary caregiver was her husband, a man who was in his 90s!!!! His devotion was amazing.

    Political representatives give short shrift to eldercare support because they assume there is always some "family" taking care of it. Perhaps they should be obliged to be a primary caregiver a few years before being qualified to formulate policy for our country.

    •  We've been making quilts (1+ / 0-)
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      for people facing all sorts of difficult situations where some community support is helpful -- mostly health care related but we did do one for a Kossack who lost her house and everything in to fire.  She arrived home with two of her kids to see emergency vehicles and the house in flames.

      There is no doubt in my mind that being a caretaker is very hard -- and you are right, you don't know just how hard until you do it.  I myself gave care to both my parents in their last illnesses and, although it was a privilege to be there for them and I wouldn't have traded that role for the world, it was exhausting.  It is largely exhausting because it involves a lot of worry and anticipation.

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