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I’m delighted to find your site, Victoria! Our town is a dementia friendly community…. As a board member I was trained… now onto businesses etc. We just memory cafes each week at my senior center. It’s the sweetest thing to see caregivers having a break… chatting with others, feeling their relief and joy. Same with our Parkinson’s classes… caregivers have time for themselves and gather for coffee etc. I’m on the board and love we are leading the way for our state!

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Joan, Thank you SO much for subscribing. I'm so pleased to welcome you into the network- community of Carer Mentor

Big heart-swell for everything you've described. FYI, Here in the UK, May 13-19th is Dementia Awareness Week; perhaps you can share more about your dementia-friendly community during that week?

Also, if you haven't already connected to her, you may enjoy @Jody Day's publication

Thank you Joan!

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What an amazing resource and community you've built here already, Victoria.

I cared for my mom both in our home and in a nearby condo, until she finally needed round-the-clock care, which my wife and I couldn't manage any longer. Though she and my dad are both gone now (dementia x 2), I'm finding that recovering from the long period of seeing them through their declines and the ensuing grief when it was over, all needs ongoing care, consideration, and patience. It's such a relief to find a resource like this, which I'll undoubtedly be digging into—all these wonderful roundups and think pieces. So glad to have found your work. Thank you for doing what you do. 🙏

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Thanks to YOU Rob. This is the feedback that completes my daily goal of helping 1 person a day, here on the website or on other carers/caregiver forums online.

I hear you, and right there with you given some of the traumatic moments that punctuated our long period of caring for Dad, through to his passing. I'm blessed that the tempo and care-routine is much easier now with Mum than it was with Dad.

It's rewarding to hear that the information and resources can support you. As you've read, my mission is a fire-in-my-belly conviction that I know is shared by many caregivers. I'm grateful for the opportunities I've had during my career and feel the need to share what I know. FYI I've a huge knowledge database that I've curated so if you're ever looking for a resource, DM me! Thanks, Rob! You made my day!

P.S Please could you share the website with anyone who you think needs empathy and inspiration - especially as a caregiver! I can't host live chats or online services etc, BUT I can facilitate networking, and provide a Hub and portal to others/experts. THIS is what I've found is easiest & fosters connectivity for us , caregivers,

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You are an amazing woman and I just wanted you to know that. After my childless aunt became a widow, I moved in with her just to help with the isolation. My role as simple as it was had an impact on my schedule so I can't imagine what full-time caregivers would think. Thank you very much for your efforts and spreading awareness.

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Bless you for that. Thank you!! I'm sure your caregiving & role as a carer was anything BUT simple. You were/are a carer.

I made a very conscious choice for the love of my parents to resign from work and care for them, many people sleepwalk into caring and don't have the luxury of making a choice like you and I have.

I started my own very small company to keep my brain cells dancing. The company and setting up the first website in 2020 fuelled my conviction that this is exactly what I'm meant to be doing. Hence, for me, changing the narrative, supporting & advocating for caregivers is a mission. Thanks for subscribing & being part of this journey.

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Thank you for your kind words Victoria! It's an honour to be on this journey and to sail with other caregivers as well.

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I look forward to following you, Victoria! I’m a hospice massage therapist and writer and always interested in topics related to caregiving.

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Thanks, Addie. I'm following you now. I can very easily imagine how much comfort and care you offer in the hospice. Thank you for what you do.

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Thank you, Victoria. It’s amazing work and I feel honored I get to do it.

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