Welcome to Stop # 1 on the CrossRiver Author Hunt
After you read my blog post I wrote just for you today, feel free to peruse my site and get to know me a bit, then enter the giveaway at the bottom of the blog post. Join my email list at www.RJThesman.net and answer the question I’ll give you below and you will receive a PDF of the “7 Tips for Caregivers.”
Before you head over to the next stop, collect the clue at the bottom of the post. You’ll need it to enter the drawing for CrossRiver Media’s giveaway.
One winner will receive a Kindle, loaded with CrossRiver books! The winner will be chosen randomly from among those who enter the correct phrase.
Four winners will receive hard copies of 3 different CrossRiver books, signed by the author !
My blog started several years ago as a way to encourage people who were going through a tough time. Then my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and the life of our family changed.
As I blogged through my feelings, my blog became a bit more focused on providing encouragement to caregivers. But all of my original readers weren’t dealing with Alzheimer’s, so I decided to focus on the topic of “Finding Hope When Life Unravels.”
You’ll find posts about Alzheimer’s here as well as other encouragements and some of my own personal journey.
During November, which is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, I’m posting about the topic: “What Alzheimer’s Cannot Do.”
I hope you’ll join me here and sign up for my monthly newsletter which features my writing life and my speaking events centered around the Reverend G trilogy. These novels are published by CrossRiver Media and include:
For my part in this Scavenger Hunt, I would love to send you a PDF version of the “7 Tips for Caregivers.” This is one of my speaking topics and an example of something you could share with a caregiver.
So how do you get this informative PDF? Sign up for my newsletter at www.RJThesman.net.
Then…in the comments section of this post, answer this question: How do you encourage caregivers, especially those who deal with an Alzheimer’s patient?
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Next stop on the CrossRiver Author Hunt: MelodyBalthaser.com
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Ciao! I didn’t know there was an awareness month for Alzheimer, but it’s great to know that. Funnily, I wrote a very short post on it a little while ago, because I truly think that this disease deserves more attention. Thank you, and off I go to check out your blog!
Thank you! Hope you enjoy the Author Scavenger Hunt!
Hi, Rebecca! I’m already on your email list. What I do to encourage caregivers is to simply listen to their stories. Whether recounting unexpected joys or chronic frustrations, I just listen. No advice unless specifically solicited. An active listening ear, lots of time, and silent prayers constantly directed to our loving Father.
Love that advice, Deb – the listening ear and the praying heart. Thank you!
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Since we have not experienced Alzheimer’s in my family, I let people know about your blog and your books. I already get your blog posts.
Thanks, Genie ! You’re an awesome marketer!
I read the first Reverend G book, and now I need to read the next two. I liked the way you approached a serious subject, but also injected compassion and humor into it.
Thanks, Judy. I hope you’ll enjoy the other two books as well.
What fun! An author scavenger hunt. Now that I understand what I need to do–I’ve off to visit the next author’s page. R.J., you already have my address. Blessings!
Have fun, SuZan! Maybe you’ll win the Kindle!
I have a friend whose wife has Alzheimers, and I continue to admire them both deeply for their courage each day requires.
I’m sorry about your friend and the struggle he and his wife are going through, but I’m sure it helps them to know you care. Thanks for the comment, Anna.
My mother was just diagnosed by Mayo Clinic with Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease. They say Lewy Body Dementia is the second highest dementia compared to Alzheimers. They say Lewy Body Dementia is often misdiagnosed as Alzheimers.
From personal experience, a caregiver needs a chance to talk and share without judgement or condemnation. Therefore, I encourage my father who is my mother’s caregiver by allowing him to talk freely. I don’t become defensive about my Mom.
I support him by offering to stay with Mom so he can leave the house without feeling worried or concerned. I will also provide meals so he doesn’t have to cook.
A caregiver deals with multiple instances throughout the day of items being moved or their loved one throwing the items away. Just as toddlers ask the same question repeatedly, a dementia patient will too. Sometimes within a time span of 5 minutes.
I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s diagnosis. My father was diagnosed with trauma-induced dementia and so many of the symptoms are the same as Alzheimer’s. You are so correct that caregivers need to talk and share. I’m glad you are available to encourage your father. Blessings as you walk through this journey.
Thank you for your kind words. I will be praying for your father and family.
Thoughtfully and beautifully written Posts. Thank you,
Thank you for your encouragement, Elsie. I’m glad you’re participating in our Author Hunt!
So far I have Alzheimer’s has not touched my life. It is good to know there are resources out there should the time arise when I need some support or know someone that needs support.
I hope and pray, Patricia, that Alzheimer’s will never touch your life. But with 5.4 million sufferers – just in America – and over 43 million caregivers – it’s possible that at some point someone you know will need your support and encouragement. Thanks for stopping by.
I am a caregiver and so is my mom. I have been an encourager and helper to a families who had family members with Alzheimers. Mostly I tried to be there to help and give them a break.
Bless you, Jan, for the incredible work you do to encourage caregivers. You may actually be saving lives. I appreciate you stopping by and making a comment.
Beautiful and encouraging blog, RJ. May God bless your ministry!
Thank you, Keely. I appreciate the encouragement!
I loved your first two books in this series of Reverend G. I can’t wait to read the third!
Thank you, Catherine! Hope you enjoy Rev G 3.
I think when you’re trying to encourage a caregiver of a loved one, whether the loved one has physical problems, Alzheimers, or another form of dementia, you need to remind them it’s okay to take time for themselves. If the care-giver loses their health, who takes care of them? I learned this the hard way.
You are so right! In fact, that is one of the tips in the pdf I’ll be sending you. Caregivers need to take care of themselves. 70% of caregivers go through some type of depression. In fact, sometimes caregivers DO pass away before the Alzheimer’s patient and stress is a big factor. Thank you for your comment. May you be encouraged today.