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Even keeping a simple chronological log in Excel or Word can help.
As many as 15% of caregivers must travel an hour or more when caring for an aging parent with dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association’s latest Facts and Figures report.
It helps to meet in-person, but if you are a long-distance caregiver, all is not lost — it’s a great idea to establish a network of friends and family in the vicinity who can check-in on Dad or Mom.
“One-on-one interaction is important to keep your loved one socialized and stimulated, not to mention, people in your network can let you know if they observe anything out of the ordinary,” said Joan Lunden in “Caregiving Tips From Joan Lunden: 6 Ways to Stay Connected.“ Joan Lunden also says she frequently sends her mom mail — either letters or just brief postcards — to let her know that she’s thinking of her. agrees: she types up her letters to her mom on the computer, where she can insert photos of her family, and then prints them out to send.
Long-distance caregiving can lead to difficulties with communication, coordinating care and handling expenses, not to mention the emotional burden of caring for someone who lives far away.
As a result, caregivers have had to come up with creative ways of addressing the problem of staying connected with their loved ones and coordinating with other family members.