Being a caregiver is one of the hardest jobs in the world. Whether you are a professional or you are looking after someone in your own family, the work, while emotionally fulfilling, is also exhausting and stressful. Sometimes you just need a break!
My aunt, 83, is like my third parent.
She taught in schools around the world and spent every summer living with us. Always single and with no children of her own, she has been, in my mind, a part of our immediate – not extended – family. I love and adore her.
A month before mom passed, I had the opportunity to attend a health care meeting at a local residential hospice. In my 15 years living in North Carolina, I had never been there and boy was I impressed. So when mom faced the need for hospice care, I immediately knew where we were going to go.
Unsafe senior driving is a serious issue. So, when you see warning signs that your parent or spouse is no longer safe behind the wheel, you have to get them to stop. But some older adults stubbornly refuse to give up the keys.
There is huge media interest these days about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Every day it seems there is a newspaper headline talking about a supposed cure or a celebrity who has been affected. Research indicates that because we are more aware of it, we are more afraid of it.
Being the primary care partner for a person living with dementia is tough.
Beyond the grief of watching a person you love go through an unforgiving disease process, you’ve got the practical matter of another grown person’s life to manage, as well as your own.
I was completely unprepared for my caregiving journey and set out on choppy waters because I was determined to care for my parents.
Caring for a parent or partner living with dementia can become an all-consuming task. It is often an experience that becomes your whole life. Some care partners take on the role because they want to, some because they feel they have to, and others because they never considered any other option.
Caring for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s can be an emotional and exhausting process.
A typical day is consumed by activities of daily living, medical care, and the everyday struggles associated with memory loss. When lost in the haze of our daily routine, it can be all too easy to miss out on opportunities to spend quality time with each other.
Are you a family caregiver to a loved one? Many are. In fact, nearly 40 million Americans are caregivers. Six in 10 are employed while juggling caregiving. And a surprising 25% of family caregivers are Millennials.