Welcome to Support The Caregiver
You Are Stronger Than You Know
Our mission is to support and empower caregivers in caring for their mental, physical and spiritual well being and to create greater awareness for family and friends to the daily challenges all caregivers and their Loved Ones face.
There is very little that is easy about being a caregiver for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s disease. However, at the center of any challenge is opportunity. Support the Caregiver was created to illuminate the opportunities within each of us and to turn this time of hardship into one of profound growth.
The Buddhist philosopher Pema Chödrön said:
“Only to the extent that we expose ourselves to annihilation can that which is indestructible be found in us.”
Being a caregiver can destroy us, or it can resurrect us into a life of wisdom and compassion. When my wife Linda was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease at age 51, both of us embarked on a journey that would reshape our destinies. To search the depths of my pain and thus discover empathy, patience, understanding and love is the path to my healing. It is my strong desire for those who share this journey with me, to experience hope and inspiration, in a community of love and support that by our choice, can be Positively Transforming.
-Dr. David Davis
"If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete."
- Nearly 60% of caregivers rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high; about 40% suffer from depression, according to the Alzheimer's Association.
- Caregivers are at a 63% higher risk of mortality than non-caregivers in the same age group, according to a study by University of Pittsburgh researchers Richard Schulz and Scott Beach reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association in December 1999.
OUR RESPONSE TO ABOVE FACTS:
We strongly encourage you to reject the "inevitability" of these facts. Instead, we ask you to broaden your perspective that caregiving is an insurmountable obstacle that will lead to exhaustion, illness and death.
Let’s begin to look at the caregiving path as an opportunity for
Let’s examine perceived limitations of what you think you are capable of and have your caregiving journey be an opportunity to discover and create the very best version of yourself.