Caring for a Loved One with Dementia: It Takes a Village!

~ Luci Baker Johnson

In the time that my husband and I have been members at Phinney Ridge Lutheran, my mother, Eunice Baker, has gone into greater degrees of dementia, to the point that she now requires full-time, 24-hour-a-day care, which I feel privileged to provide. Asking for help is not something that comes easily to me, but I’ve come to learn that to offer help means that you also have to be willing to ask for help. I’m grateful to these Phinney (PRLC) members for their time, energy, and prayers.

To Pastor Bryon Hansen and Pastor Anne Van Kley – for allowing both my husband and me to bend your ear and hear our frustrations, concerns, and pleas for help.

To Randi Valdok, Janel Milliren and Linda Thorson – for taking my mother into their homes for a few hours so that Doug and I could have a “date night”. It takes a special person to offer this support to a caregiver.

To Andrew and Erica Shutes-David and Mark and Jill Yetman – for their superior help in our household move on April 29. We could NOT have done it without them. They made it possible for me to stay with Mom while they assisted Doug in the enormous task of moving our belongings to a new home in Olympic Manor.

To the women of the Evening Spirited Women – for allowing me to participate. And for your prayers both on the nights we gather and beyond.

To the Caregiver Circle – for being there and helping me realize that I’m not in this alone.

To the many individuals who ask about Mom — letting me know they care.

To the many individuals who greet Mom at church. See www.imstillher.org to understand what this means to both Mom and me.

God’s peace,
Luci Baker Johnson