In marriage we consent to stick together for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness as well as in health – but what doesn’t come up in our vows to each other is how to handle the growing difficulties of senior care as our parents age.Read More
“It’s just been one of those days,” we sometimes bemoan, shrugging our shoulders hopelessly. After all, sometimes things happen that are completely out of our control, and some days they all seem to happen at the same time – making us wish we’d decided to simply stay in bed! But the truth is,Read More
Do you find yourself constantly wishing for just a few more hours in the day to help you accomplish everything that needs to be accomplished? In particular, if you are a member of the sandwich generation – those who provide care for both their children and their senior parents –Read More
With as many as 18 million family members providing care for an elderly loved one, the latest report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is alarming: these caregivers are “routinely marginalized and ignored within the health care system” – resulting in seniors at serious risk for harm from uninformed,Read More
We’re a do-it-yourself society; one that highly values independence, and applauds those who pull themselves up by their bootstraps and handle everything on their own. But the reality is, there are some things we simply can’t do alone; things that can cause harm to ourselves or others if we resist seeking assistance.Read More
There’s no emotional rollercoaster quite like the one ridden by family members providing care for an aging or chronically ill loved one. In our experience, there’s hardly an emotion that does NOT come into play at some point during caregiving – and sometimes, the majority of those emotions can happen all within the span of a day!Read More
Family dynamics: they can shape who we are from where we’ve been, and the roots from our past can grow stubbornly deep. When a hurtful family history collides with a present family caregiving need, is it possible to work together for a positive outcome?
AARP offers the following tips to help family members overcome difficult dynamics and provide the best care for a loved one:
- Learn from the past.
The holidays are a wonderful time to get together with friends and loved ones, but it’s rarely considered a relaxing time of year. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season, from shopping to parties to family gatherings, can be highly stressful, and when you’ve got a loved one to care for,Read More
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But, if you’re one of the millions of Americans who is providing care for a senior loved one, the approaching holidays may seem more like the most stressful time of the year. Carving out time for yourself may have been relegated to the very bottom of your to-do list,Read More
As more Americans choose to remain in their own homes as they age, oftentimes the responsibility for care falls on a loved one’s shoulders. In fact, statistics show that services of the over 50 million people providing some level of care to family members represents 80 percent of all home care services delivered today.Read More