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Helping Yourself Help Others by Susan Golant, Rosalynn Carter

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4

Educate and Prepare Yourself

“SOMEBODY NEEDS TO GIVE CAREGIVERS A ROAD MAP!” THAT’S what one participant in our study said, and I’m sure his statement echoes the sentiments of many.

It’s natural to feel bewildered by it all. Most caregivers do. Most have never before faced the situations they now find themselves in. I frequently receive letters from family caregivers appealing to me for help. “We don’t know where to go or what to do,” they write. “We’ve exhausted all of our financial resources, and we’re frightened.”

Many don’t have the information they need to cope successfully with the illness they suddenly are forced to deal with: “What do the symptoms mean?” “Why won’t the medicine work?” Others have difficulty envisioning the future: ...

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