Surviving Spouse Corner: Resources for Caregivers

Surviving Spouse Corner: Resources for Caregivers
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Each caregiving journey is unique. My role of caregiver for my husband expanded from not only getting him to medical care but also making legal decisions in his stead. Common issues that affect most caregivers include navigating VA procedures, obtaining help with specific disabilities and diseases, learning how to deal with dementia, organizing paperwork, and knowing what legal documents are needed with regard to consent issues, legal capacity, and decision making.


During my journey as a caregiver, I found the following resources to be beneficial:


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Finally, and perhaps most importantly, caregivers need to take care of themselves. Eat healthful foods, stay active, ask for help, and pamper yourself. Like the pre-flight instruction says, “Put your face mask on first.” If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of your loved one. 


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About the Author

Barbara Ann Bowman
Barbara Ann Bowman

Bowman is a member of MOAA's Surviving Spouse Advisory Council.