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​510 W 29th St., PO Box 610 Hays, KS 67601 | call/text: 785-628-8204 | 800-432-7422 | fax: 785-628-6096 | nwkaaa@nwkaaa.org


Helping Seniors Remain Independent in the 18 Counties of Northwest Kansas

​NorthWest Kansas Area Agency on Aging

JUST REMEMBER THAT I NEED YOU,
THAT THE BEST OF ME IS GONE.
PLEASE DON’T FAIL TO STAND BESIDE ME,
LOVE ME ‘TIL MY LIFE IS GONE.

DIFFERENT

Copyright 2013. NWKAAA. All rights reserved.

 

I’M SO CONFUSED BEYOND YOUR CONCEPT,
I AM SAD AND SICK AND LOST.
ALL I KNOW IS THAT I NEED YOU,
TO BE WITH ME AT ALL COST.

am the caregiver, the watcher, the guide
walk down the hall with you by my side
     a smile, a laugh, a hug or embrace
I watch the worry fall away from your face
I am the caregiver, the watcher, the guide
I Walk down the hall with you by my side
I am your compass, your shinning north star
I try to remind you of just who you are
I am the caregiver, the watcher, the guide
I walk down the hall with you by my side
     Pictures and letters, music of old
     keep your mind warm and away from the cold
I am the caregiver, the watcher, the guide
I walk down the hall with you by my side
     the routine of night shows no wear and tear
     the light of the morning so soon will be here.


​​What the First-time Caregiver Needs to Know
by Carol Nelson​, RN, BSN, MBA

Everyone ages, and there comes a time when older or ailing loved ones need help. Oftentimes friends or family members rise to the occasion to assist them. If you’re one of those first-time family caregivers, you are not alone.
If you’re caring for a grandparent, parent or other loved one for the first time, there will be both challenges and rewards in the months ahead. It can be difficult, and you might not even be sure where to start. Don’t despair, though. Here is what you need to know. ...

DO NOT ASK ME TO REMEMBER,
DON’T TRY TO MAKE ME UNDERSTAND.
LET ME REST AND KNOW YOU’RE WITH ME,
KISS MY CHEEK AND HOLD MY HAND.

CONFUSION

SO DO NOT LOSE YOUR PATIENCE WITH ME,
DO NOT SCOLD OR CURSE OR CRY.
I CAN’T HELP THE WAY I’M ACTING,
CAN’T BE DIFFERENT THOUGH I TRY.

MEMORY LOSS

A Poem from an Alzheimer’s Patient

DEPENDENT