Listening to our President on Tuesday evening I did not hear anything new about caregivers or how to prepare for this role in our lives. Certainly, we will be directly affected by the role; ether being one, hiring one, needing one or just being around one in our lifetime. What I did hear a lot about is gun control. This is a big issue for our family members requiring caregiving.
The current population in need of caregivers is in the majority those who lived through WWII. This is very frightening to them, to think someone will either take their guns or want them registered. I understand their fear and where it comes from as you will when you look at the history of WWII. Most of these people fought in that war and remember it very clearly, even those with dementia. Those feelings and emotions are very real to them.
We need to try to put their minds at rest regarding the information coming out in the news and help them see that family will take care of family. We need to help them see this is the U.S. and we are not registering guns here now any more than have been 10 years ago. What I am talking about is showing some empathy for our family and friends who do not understand. I am not taking a public stand that is not the reason for this column. Rather we need to provide as much peace and comfort as possible for our family and friends as we can. Reassurance and empathy is the best avenue to pursue this goal for our loved ones. And for the caregiver's safety lock up the guns.