Grateful for local
classes for caregivers
I don’t seem to give out kudos very often, but I would like to
thank the person or persons responsible for putting together a
six-week class for caregivers.
The Burbank Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department
and the Los Angeles Caregivers Resource Center will bring the classes
to the Joslyn Adult Center for family caregivers.
One of the good things about these classes is that they provide
relief for the family caregiver. The Los Angeles Caregivers Resource
Center helps those family caregivers who are caring for
brain-impaired loved ones. LACRC helped me with counseling and
My father was diagnosed with vascular dementia in October 1997. It
took me almost one year to find the resources to help me pay for
respite care such as adult day-care centers and supplies for my dad.
Like most new family caregivers, I felt as if I was drowning.
Although I am sorry these classes were not available to help me, I am
ecstatic they are now available to help family caregivers.
Again, kudos to the people responsible for hearing this to
fruition and for listening to me about just how hard it was to find
resources to obtain help. Other than the Alzheimer’s Assn., I didn’t
know the resources, and it was a hardship finding other resources
while I was “drowning” as a new family caregiver. There is help out
there, it is just a question of getting the help and taking the time
in order to navigate the system to get it.
Being a family caregiver to a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease
or some other form of dementia is a long, hard road -- financially,
physically and emotionally. Thank you for putting this together on
behalf of all family caregivers. I know they will be glad they took
the time to attend.
to DMV woes
Having experienced my own nightmare at the Department of Motor
Vehicles on a Tuesday, I identified with David Silva’s column in the
May 17 Leader.
I went there on a Monday to get my license renewed and found the
office closed. There was a note on the door in Spanish, but I don’t
speak the language.
So, I went back the next day to get the ordeal over with, and I
had to have my eyes checked, and my thumb prints and photo taken. I
thought this shouldn’t take long, but I was there for
The numbers I looked for on the computer screen weren’t in order.
A letter is in front and mine was G122 (permanently ingrained in my
brain). A’s, B’s and C’s came up and not in order.
Also, a female voice (not unpleasant) would say, “Number H304 is
being served at Window 15.” You have to be alert and watch the screen
until you feel mesmerized.
Also, there were children running around, screaming and crying.
However, I parked three blocks away without any parking
restrictions, so I was lucky I didn’t have to contend with getting a
When it is time for my next renewal, I’ll call ahead for an
appointment or just say it isn’t worth it and give up my driving
privileges, which could be another nightmare.