In the United States, about 40 million people provide unpaid care to an ill or disabled adult according to AARP. Many of the readers of Sixty and Me are in this situation now or might be in the future. Usually, the patient and caregiver would prefer this care be given at home, if possible.
When I taught writing, I asked my students to describe their parents by using the five senses.
The hospital can be a frightening place for seniors and their caregivers.
Whether you’re there for a scheduled surgery or an emergency situation, as a caregiver you want to ensure that your loved one gets started on the road to a quick recovery.
Research states that approximately 12-million Americans will need long-term care by the year 2020. In addition, 68% percent of individuals over the age of 65 will eventually develop some form of cognitive impairment or need assistance completing at least two activities of daily living such as dressing, showering and eating.
I love this statement by Sophia Loren: “A mother always thinks twice, once for herself and once for her child.” How true! And, after you mother dies, you think of her often. Your mom lives with you all the time, even when she’s gone.
My mother just received the results of her PET scan. Did the radiation treatment she got in September work or not?
If there is one thing that the women in our community value, it’s their privacy. Unfortunately, when you are caring for an aging parent, your privacy is one of the first things to go. Of course, you understand all of the reasons that you are stepping up and lending a helping hand – but, that doesn’t make it any easier.
As many women in the Sixty and Me community know, caring for an aging parent is a difficult, often emotional process. While some of us are lucky enough to have parents that stay healthy and mobile, others are not so fortunate.
Dementia caregivers face unique challenges. They are often so focused on multiple tasks that caring for someone with Alzheimer’s becomes a stressful and high pressure responsibility. So, it is critical to find ways to maintain a sense of balance.
Boomer women often find themselves being responsible for elderly care in their families. Unfortunately, figuring out how to be a caregiver, while finding balance in all aspects of your life, is hard.
If you feel drained by multiple and conflicting life challenges, this episode of the Sixty and Me Show may be perfect for you!