As many of us know Leeza Gibbons has recently talked about her struggles with caring for her mom. Her mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s more than a decade ago. With Gibbons personal experience of the caregiver’s journey it was no surprise when she partnered with Caring.com to create an online video series. The online video series entitled “Caregivers Confessions” is a 13-part series that covers a variety of topics such as how to keep your family together during difficult times after a loved one is diagnosed and how to deal with the guilt many caregivers feel. To relate with her viewers, Gibbons reveals her own personal journey with her mother, delivering her own insights and expertise to the series.
“The truth is, ALL caregivers sometimes feel afraid, overwhelmed, resentful, angry, and more,” Gibbons says. “There’s just not a safe place to confess those feelings. That’s why I wanted to create this video diary of my own caregiving journey to share what I learned. With Caring.com, we have a chance to support caregivers by acknowledging what’s real, so we can help them be ready.”
Results from a recent study by Caring.com indicate that caregivers rate the emotional stress of caring for a loved one twice as high as the physical or financial stresses. The survey also revealed that caregivers’ own health is impacted, with about 24% suffering from depression.
In addition to “Caregiver Confessions”, Caring.com also offers Steps & Stages, the first-ever interactive guide and support system to deliver specific, stage-appropriate advice for those caring for a loved one suffering from forms of dementia.
“The Caregiver Confessions series is one of the most important introductions to the site since we launched,” said Andy Cohen, CEO of Caring.com. “Leeza is an amazing person and her knowledge, combined with her unique talents in telling a story and connecting with others, helps make this video series vital viewing for all caregivers.”
Gibbons has advocated for caregivers for years, and her book Take Your Oxygen First: Protecting Your Health and Happiness While Caring for a Loved One With Memory Loss tells the story of her family’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease after her mother’s diagnosis. She also created Leeza’s Place, a resource that provides free support services and programs for family caregivers whose loved ones have a memory disorder or any chronic and/or progressive illness.
The series can be watched at http://www.caring.com/articles/caregiver-confessions
Take the time to share this with anyone you know who is on this path with a loved one.