We made it through another week! I hope yours was as low-stress as possible, and maybe included a bit of joy.
Here are my favorite stories for the week.
- Christopher Wahl Faces of Caregiving Portraits: This is just a beautiful photo piece profiling the spouses, children, parents who are caregivers. Caregivers are usually the underappreciated workhorses in the home, so this piece beautifully celebrates them.
- Caring for Centenarians Requires Self Care by Family Members, Too: I hadn’t thought about the fact that with more and more seniors living to be 100 or older, their “children” are likely in their late 70s or early 80s. This post highlights the importance of healthy living to make sure we are able to care for others. It includes information on habits of centenarians so maybe we can live to the ripe old age of 100+ ourselves.
- The Debilitating Cost of Long Term Care: I have seen quite a few articles recently about caregivers of people with dementia having to go without essentials to cover costs of dementia care. This article addresses the astronomical costs of long-term care and the fact that currently, Medicare does not cover it. Policy will need to change as our population ages. A line from the article that really struck me was “Being able to stay in your home when you are faced with illness or disability should never be considered a luxury.” We should do better for our community.
- The Sandwich Generation is Forgetting to Care for Themselves: Approximately 47% of adults in their 40s and 50s have a parent older than 65 years old in addition raising or financially supporting a child, most of whom are also employed full-time. Pretty much everyone in my social circle falls in this group. With so much on their plate, it is difficult to squeeze in time for self care. This post addresses the importance of “looking out for number one” so that you can better care for yourself. I also have a post on the sandwich generation and a post on caregiving shortcuts, which address ways to light the load.
- Just Turned 40? An Architect Says It’s Time to Design for Aging: As I am rapidly approaching 40, this article was of interest to me. According to the article, statistically, people move three times in the last three years of their life as their health declines. This article talks about beginning the planning sooner. Perhaps setting up your own home to be a suitable place to age in place or setting up a nice social support network that will grow with you. I think this is a great idea as I saw so many families faced with the challenge of how to handle their parent’s new health situation after they are faced with it. I’m a planner, so planning ahead resonates with me
That wraps up my five favorites for the week. If you missed my blog posts this week, don’t forget to check them out: Caring for a Reluctant Parent, Moving Mom in With You, Letting Go and Moving Forward and Three Minutes, Three Sanity Savers.
Have a wonderful weekend!