Characteristics of a resilient caregiver

“The ultimate measure of a man/woman is not where he/she stands in moments of comfort, but where he/she stands at times of challenge and controversy” Martin Luther King Jr.

Resilient caregivers know they have control over themselves in the present moment – they acknowledge other risks but know where to ask for help.

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I did a wonderful Time Out for Caregiver workshop with 51 amazing Parkinson’s caregivers, sponsored by the Parkinson Society BC on May 25th. One of the things we discussed was how to be a resilience caregiver.
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Some characteristics of caregivers who are resilient…
1.Able to adapt to change healthfully as disease progresses
2.Feel in control of one’s life
3.Know and rely on your own strengths
4.Have close, dependable relationships
5.Know where to turn for help, and ask for help
6.Remain optimistic
7.Persevere
8.Savor the small joyous moments that occur in the day
9.Be ok with uncertainty
10.Find meaning in what happens
11.Come to like challenges
… how do/will you incorporate some of these qualities into your own caregiving experience? let me know how you are resilient in the comments below! much love.
References:
—Parkinson Society Canada
Parkinson Society British Columbia
—National Parkinson Foundation
—Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
—Kripalu Centre for Healthy Living
—Susan Impke FNP GNP
—Maria Sirios
—Alexis Abramson, PhD
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2 thoughts on “Characteristics of a resilient caregiver

  1. Caregiving is an art. Some PD people get to lean on their spouses, and some have to rely on themselves or their extended families, Any method one chooses is tough, and many people feel like the load they carry is unbearable. Who wouldn’t, but those very special people you describe as resilient. You’ve hit the description of a good caregiver right on the nail, and I think it encourages us all, so if you don’t mind, I’d like to share your post!

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