Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Hard to believe that we are at the halfway point of 2014! This Saturday will be the June meeting. As always, we will be meeting in the Casey Conference Room from 12:45 pm to 3:00 pm. Anyone with an interest in hydrocephalus is welcome to attend. Drop ins and kids are welcome.
We serve families, friends, caregivers and those (of all ages) living with the condition of hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus can impact anyone, at any age--be it through accident, a congenital situation or spontaneously (Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus--NPH). Unfortunately, the latter is often misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's or some other form of dimentia before being diagnosed as NPH. NPH is very treatable and manageable, especially if found early.
I'm sure that we will discuss the stresses on family & friends that are caregivers, given the loss of Casey Kasem and the high profile situation surrounding his final months. While we don't often talk about elder abuse, or abuse of the disabled in general, that may also be a point of discussion. Many of our members are very functional and don't require constant care, but we've all known folks with hydrocephalus who required constant care for some period of time. It can take a toll on ANY caregiver, especially family and friends. Respite care and sharing the responsibility can be difficult for some families.
Those of us who are highly functioning now, always have it in the back of our minds that we may be the ones needing constant care. Spouses have a tendency to lose themselves in caregiving, taking on a very different role than spouse.
Most families will look at the Kasem's situation and think that could never happen to them, but it is all too common. Most families don't garner the kind of publicity/media attention that Mr. Kasem or his family did.
As always, we look forward to seeing familiar faces, as well as new ones at the meeting.