That was the doctor's diagnosis in 2006. My father had just passed passed away the year before. I was an only child, had three young kids of my own, and was working full time. I had absolutely no understanding of the disease. I thought I could manage my mom, everyone, and everything.
I was caught up in a cyclone of caregiving that lasted for many years. It took me a very long time to see the impact it was having on my health and the well-being of my family. In 2011 I suffered a nervous breakdown and was completely burned out.
There were warning signs that I ignored. Looking back, had I known about the type of support that was available to me, it would have had a profound impact on the quality of care that my mother received, as well as the level of stress that I experienced as a caregiver.
It has become my life's mission to help others identify and move through caregiving challeneges by sharing my knowledge, and my most honest, and insightful experiences. This is why I founded Caregiver Crosswalk.
Claire Webster is a Certified Alzheimer Care Consultant, as well as Lecturer and Trainer in the field of Alzheimer’s disease. She is Founder and President of Caregiver Crosswalk Inc., a consulting firm that helps families navigate the journey of Alzheimer’s disease and identifies all of the necessary resources that are available in the community. Claire is also a guest blogger for the Caregiver Network, Canada’s largest tele-learning network for family caregivers. As a former caregiver to her late mother, Claire has had first hand experience in dealing with the overwhelming emotional and physical impact that the disease places on the individual and family members.
"Help is available for Alzheimer Caregivers"
Claire Webster shares her personal voyage in a special op-ed piece in the Montreal Gazette.