Posts Tagged ‘ caregiving for cancer patients ’

Seniors: When Presence is Required, Caregiving for Family

Nov 17th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

One of my cousins, an only child, has been diagnosed with cancer, requiring radical surgery. He lives alone, has friends, but is limited in the number of family who live near by. We are among that family. When we learned of his diagnosis, we called him immediately and indicated that we would be making our way to our Texas home, where he lives close by. We know, as do most, how important it is to be aware of When Presence is Required. Loneliness and isolation are not desirable when faced with serious and life threatening illness. My cousin and I both enjoy the luxury of being an only child. That luxury comes into question at times like these.

Presence is Required when someone in our circle is met with the anxiety, fear and concern which needs the availability of a shoulder, an ear, a heart and a strong embrace. If that is not our role, what is? Being there is a major



Seniors: When Everything Else Becomes Unimportant

Nov 9th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The word itself strikes fear in all our hearts. It is referred to as the Big C. None of us, whoever we are, wants to go through any of the tests that determine whether it has struck us. None of us wants to hear that it has been found in the body of someone we hold dear. But come it does. And often. Too often. Just within the last month two very close, dear friends, one a family member have heard the news, received the report and the prognosis was not good. In that moment, everything else becomes unimportant.

Daily routines are altered. Agendas are changed. Anxiety is introduced. It is real and it is frightening, threatening and life changing. What can be done is evaluated. What must be done is discussed and deliberated. How it changes everything is realized. Now, to decide. Now, to adjust. Prevailing on strength and others becomes a little easier. One cannot fight this alone. One cannot defeat this by self will. One cannot overcome the fear and anxiety it produces without someone nearby to hold onto. Some turn to faith. Others find solace in friends and associates. Its okay. Strength is evidenced most in leaning on others at a