This week has been absolutely phenomenal!!! This is that week, as a friend said, that showed me that “if you have no money and you get some money, it’s a lot of money!!!!” BOOMERS was contacted by three different organizations this week via the
www.CaregiversNewsletter.comPhiladelphia Regional Resource section and the www.MEETUP.comwebsite. Sticking to my plan to live out my dream of developing a successful Caregiver Support Group for Baby Boomers and eventually an Elder Care Agency, is worth all the time, effort, prayer and sleepless nights.
MALT Caregiver Self-Support Group seminar has been booked up with 2 speakers per night covering Respite Care, Home Care, Fitness, Relaxation, Stress Relief and Financial Planning for attendees on Wednesdays 2/22 thru 3/14/12 @ NIM – 7047 Germantown Avenue, 7-8:30 pm. There’s not much room left, please ensure you secure a seat at
www.mtairylearningtree.org and register for $19.00 for the 4 class series.
I was living in fear of losing my "job security" to reach my goals, when my job gave up on me and I had to make the decision to either continue living in fear under a ridiculously stressful environment or leave it, move to Philadelphia and rebuild my life thereby regaining my sanity. I chose the latter making choices I would never have made before these life changing events. Stepping out on faith and leaning on the Lord for his mighty blessings and guidance to where I need to serve is keeping me moving forward in attaining these community service goals. With the support of friends, family and church, everything’s
Thank you for your continued support. BOOMERS ‘R HEROES is here to assist you through the Caregivers’ maze from doctors reports & medical bills to making the environment comfortable for your loved one and yourself when they are in a “sterile environment” such as the hospital or rehab centers, nursing homes.
Never give up. Keep your dreams alive, no matter how out of reach they may seem, if you believe, it you can achieve it.
Look at me, who knew???
Jean Kirkley, Founder/Facilitator
My experience as a care giver began in the early 1980's when my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. As an only child this was an extremely difficult situation for me. I was working a high pressure job in the graphic arts industry and my mother and I were the only care givers for my dad.
In 1988, my mother suffered a stroke, which meant that dad could no longer live with us and had to be placed in a nursing home. The social workers at the hospital where my mother received care at that time also recommended to me that I place my mom in a nursing home. I chose the alternative of having a home nursing aide to come in to be with my mom while I was at work.
My dad passed in 1990 and I continued care for my mom until she passed in 1994. Because of the stress, I lost my job. I decided to return to school to learn desktop publishing to begin working freelance.
As an only son, I know what it is to be a care giver...receiving calls at work from doctors and nurses...having to rush home
when the doctor told me my dad's heart had stopped...getting a call from a neighbor when my mom suffered her stroke and couldn't talk. Getting calls from mom's nursing assistant at home, telling me she was being difficult.
Did I have a breakdown? Yes, I can admit it after all these years. I hope someone will benefit from reading this. May God bless everyone who is caring for a loved one. Stay strong and think positive.
Jean Kirkley, Founder/Facilitator