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Laurel DuBeck is an RN, and a Certified Dementia Practitioner, gaining knowledge regarding caregiving from personal experience as well as dealing with family caregivers in the nine-county area served by The Area Agency on Aging, Region 9.
Scheduling “me” time is so important to caregivers if they want to be able to take care of their loved ones. Laurel has experience dealing with families who are caring for a loved one with dementia and has provided education to many struggling with the uncertainty caregiving brings every day.
- Why is “me” time so important?
- How do I find time for myself?
- Is it OK to have negative feelings toward the person I am caring for?
- What is the one question family caregivers never want to hear again?
When dealing with family caregivers, she always draw on her personal experience caring for her father and an uncle in her home. They both suffered from dementia. Laurel and her husband learned something every day and it was certainly trial and error, as their situations were similar yet different, and the learning process was continuous.
Laurel is recently retired from Th Area Agency on Aging Region 9, but is still active in a consulting capacity.