Apple Valley resident Lauren Edstrom helped her mother move into assisted living and then into memory care two months later. Lauren’s mother now lives in a residential care home for women with memory loss.
For Lauren, the most rewarding part of the journey through aging with her mom has been forgiveness. “I now understand her struggle started many years ago and we just didn’t know it. I also forgive myself for the resentment I felt taking care of her leading up to her significant memory loss.”
The most challenging part of the journey for Lauren has been coping with being unable to lean on her mom for support. “The only person you want to talk to when you’re having a hard day, is the person you’re caring for, and you just can’t. I’m a 34-year-old only child, and sometimes I just need my mom, but I don’t have her the way I need her.”
“Sooner or later, each of us will be faced with some aspect of a caregiver’s role,” said Lauren. “If we wait to speak up, we’ll just be dealing with the same issues at a later time. We need to care about these issues now.”
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Lauren. Your voice is vital as we advocate for awareness and address the needs that accompany the reality of a rapidly aging society.
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