Prevent Caregiver Loneliness

28. September 2016 Relationships 0
Finding Ways to Combat the Isolation of Caregiving       I read an article recently about caregiving issues and one of the biggest issues is that while everyone is worrying about the caree’s health and well-being, no one is worrying about the caregiver. It is assumed that since they are the “healthy” one, their ...

Documenting Your Family Memories

21. September 2016 Relationships 0
How to Preserve Family Traditions, Recipes and History       We all hate to think about the fact that our aging family members may pass away some day. Unfortunately, if there’s one true fact about life, it’s that no one lives forever. I know I’ve talked about it before, but I’m so sad that ...

Sharing Caregiving Duties with Siblings

Does your parent suddenly need care and you and your siblings are struggling with how to manage caregiving duties? While it can be difficult to figure out a system that will work for your family, once you create a plan that includes everyone, the burden will be lighter for all involved.       Define ...

Totally Normal Caregiver Emotions

While people may look at all you do and say things like, “you’re so strong,” or “I don’t know how you do it,” we don’t always feel these things, and sometimes, caregivers have thoughts and feelings that they may not be proud of.       Guess what? You’re not alone. Anyone who tells you ...

Caring for a Difficult Person

  How to stay sane when you are a caregiver for a difficult person   In an ideal world, the person you provide care for would be thankful and happy to have you in their life, caring for their personal, physical and emotional needs. Unfortunately, in the real world, sometimes being a caregiver is hard. ...

Are You Ready To Be A Caregiver?

What to consider before jumping into the role of your parent’s caregiver.       Being a caregiver to a family member can be rewarding, but it can also take a toll on your emotions, your finances and your family. While you may feel like you have no choice, there are resources that you can ...

The Emotions Behind Caregiving

  Whether you are the caregiver or the caree, there are a lot of emotions tied to caring for someone or being the person who needs care. Understanding what you are each going through can help you both accept and move forward.     Sadness: Both the caregiver and caree can experience sadness during the ...

Respecting Your Caree

    Sometimes, as caregivers, we get so wrapped up in the task of providing care and ensuring our caree is safe, healthy and well cared for, that we don’t treat them with the respect we would normally show, particularly if they have dementia or are physically or cognitively dependent. We don’t do it intentionally, ...

Understanding Social Challenges of Aging

    As we age, we don’t just go through physical changes, there are many social changes that can impact our emotional well-being. Understanding what our elderly parents are going through can help us approach the situation with empathy.   Changes in Employment and Financial Status For many, our career is part of our identity. ...