Happy Friday! I hope you have had a mild week and had the opportunity to practice self-care. I overdid it earlier in the week so am trying really heard to practice self-care to get back on track.
Did you know May is Older Americans Month? Older adults are a growing and increasingly vital part of our country. The contributions they make to our communities are varied, deeply rooted, and include influential roles in the nation’s economy, politics, and the arts. From 69-year-old NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Jr. to 84-year-old actress Rita Moreno to 83-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who took her seat as a Supreme Court Justice at age 60, older adults are blazing trails in all aspects of American life. Let’s celebrate older Americans this month!
Here are my five favorite articles for caregivers this week.
How to Care for Yourself as an Unpaid Caregiver: Caring for yourself is difficult when you are caring for others. This article shares 9 ways to care for yourself. I particularly like the tip to connect with other caregivers and to take time for yourself. For more caregiver tips, you can check out my tips on caring for the caregiver and self-care on a time budget.
7 Ways to Respond to Mean Dementia Behavior: Fantastic reminders that there may be an underlying cause to mean behavior in dementia patients. From overstimulation to hunger or health problems, there are a number of possible causes for angry behavior.
Medical Alert Systems Reviewed: I am a big fan of medical alert systems. Many of my clients who lived alone had a system and I have seen them in action on several occasions. In every situation where a client fell, the fire department arrived quickly and handled things professionally and there was no long-lasting damage. I had one client who refused to use hers and she fell in the middle of the night, broke her hip and wasn’t found until her caregiver arrived in the morning. It breaks my heart to think of her lying in pain for hours before being found.
Americans’ Estimates of Long-term Care Costs Are Wildly Off: This article was eye-opening. American’s don’t just underestimate costs of long-term care by a few dollars, they are underestimating the cost by 50%, in some cases, a few thousand dollars. If you don’t know how much long-term care costs, how can you plan for the future?
Four Daily Habits That Will Make You Happier: I see a lot of self-care articles that can be unrealistic for caregivers, who are already strapped for time. The habits in this article are easy to implement into daily life. Even if you care for someone else, you can squeeze in a walk – you can include your caree so that both of you get exercise and fresh air. For more quick self-care acts, check out my three minute acts of self-care and ways to bring joy to your life post.
That wraps up my roundup for the week. In case you missed my blog posts for the week, here are my newest posts: