When caring for an elderly relative, one's own sense of self can get lost. Such alienation can increase the likelihood of exhaustion and burnout.
Yet who has time for anything "extra"?
Caregiving Is an Art redefines caregivers as natural storytellers -- and in this way, this project helps caregivers think about themselves, and their role, differently.
Who hasn't found ways to laugh at the absurdity of dementia? Yet where do those stories go? Might they be captured through drawings, paintings, video, photography, or poetry? How about a cartoon?
The site offers caregivers a place to express themselves artistically - in a nonjudgmental, supportive environment. It's not about venting or problem-solving; there are other places for that.
This site is about converting the pain, purpose, and problems of caregiving into something beautiful, thought-provoking, or helpful, both for the artist and for others.
What does it feel like to sit with someone who is repetitive, confused, or mute? How might that experience be expressed through a photo, drawing, or story?
Caregiving Is an Art not only accepts uploaded artwork; it also encourages self-expression via prompts and lessons in the fundamentals of drawing, painting, photography, poetry, and storytelling.
Former caregivers would also be welcome. They might have more time for such artistic expression -- and their work might inspire or educate current caregivers about the role and its multiple meanings and possibilities.