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Caregivers Return from Respite Cruise in the Caribbean (February 24th, 2010)

A group of rested, happy, caregivers have returned from 5 fun filled days on a Caregiver Caribbean Cruise.

Full time caregiving is an exhausting job, but a group of members from, joined Patrick Toal from, for respite, shopping, eating, swimming with the dolphins, sightseeing, caregiving seminars, and support groups, on the Celebrity Century cruise ship from February 15-20th. They left from Miami, Florida, and toured Key West and Grand Cayman.
Joan Gershman, founder of, the #1 site on the Internet for support and information for spouses of Alzheimer/Dementia patients, and Patrick Toal, geriatric social worker, and owner of Open Seas Travel Company joined forces to shine some sun and bring rest and enjoyment to overworked caregivers.
Log onto to see the album of pictures from the Caregiver Cruise. Those caregivers who were not able to actually take the cruise, did so “virtually” with the clever aid of pictures, creative outfits, and willing cruisers who posed with the “virtual” cruisers. is a full service website for Alzheimer spouses, filled with resources, information, support, message boards, and blogs written by Joan, as she struggles to cope with her husband’s Alzheimer’s Disease.
The idea for a respite cruise for caregivers was conceived by Patrick Toal of It is his goal to put joy into the lives of harried caregivers. If you are interested in joining the September, 2010 Alaska Caregiver Cruise, log onto and for more information.

Joan Gershman
The Alzheimer Spouse LLC