Saturday, February 17, 2007


Rudi left a comment asking for help. He cares for his MSer wife Vicky, and is very frustrated, feeling there is nothing he can do to help.

Sometimes when people ask me what they can do to help, I really don't know. Specific instructions don't come easy without specific facts. The best advice I can offer you both is to be patient with each other. Vicky finds comfort in yoga and yoga for caregivers can be equally beneficial.

I have written a post called Be Kind to Your Caretaker and in November Everyday Warriors, giving links to American sources for caregiver support. But Rudi is in Italy.

I found Caregiver Regional Resources International where you complete a short form to find support groups in a selected country, and Italy was on the list. This organization has several tools for the family or professional caregiver, including a newsletter, a magazine, and a discussion forum.

The National MS Society provides sources for caregiver information in America, so maybe the Associazione Italiana Sclerosi Multipla will prove valuable. Vicky's doctor can probably give you suggestions, too.

Good luck, Rudi, and to all caregivers.

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