On Monday, I presented the keynote at Care and Connect, the annual conference sponsored by Alzheimer’s Association, Delaware Valley Chapter. I presented The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey, which walks you through the caregiving experience, from when you first worry a family member (or friend) may need your help to after your caree’s death.
Because my presentation lasted 90 minutes, I gave everyone a break 45 minutes into my speech. The break, though, included homework. Think of an intention you want to make about this day, I said. What do you want to know, to find out, to discover? Today, find the answer to that question you often ask. Once you have your question, I directed, introduce yourself to someone you don’t know and then ask that person your question.
A few moments after I gave these instructions, the room became a buzz of conversations. About 10 minutes later, we gathered again. Who received an answer to your question, I asked.
An attendee toward the front of the room raised her hand–she had heard her answer. What was your question, I asked. Her question:
Why do I do this?
What a great question, I said. Then I asked for a show of hands of others who have asked a similar question. You guessed it–lots of hands.
So, I’d love to know: What’s your answer to this question, Why do you do this (caregiving)? Please share your answers in our comments section, below. I’ll choose a random winner to receive an autographed copy of my handbook, The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey.
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