“It’s hard work to be in tune with each other”
Alice chose to look after her mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s , rather than put her in an assisted living home. Her husband, Vic, stood by her decision and helps as well as they arrange their schedules every week to ensure Alice’s mother is well looked after.
Although Alice is grateful to Vic for his support, in dealing with the caregiving process, they also argue with each other or just end up neglecting their own relationship. They minimized their relationship so much that even when they did get an evening together, they had nothing to say to each other.
Since they both love music, they are introduced to a music therapist who can help them relax and connect with each other again. The experience was an enlightening one for Alice as it showed her that it is possible to de-stress. Doing justice to other equally important relationships in her life is a real possibility while remaining on course in her caregiving journey.
If you can identify with this story, please share it with others who care for someone. The feeling of understanding, not being alone and access to support is what keeps caregivers going.
Produced with the participation of TELUS Fund – http://www.telusfund.ca