Caregiving is a full-time job, which is incredibly difficult if you already have a full-time job and a family to raise. When you are already pressed for time, finding information on caregiving or issues important to your senior parent’s health is challenging, so here is my roundup of my favorite caregiving content I discovered this week.
1. How Do You Know Which Tests You Need as You Get Older: I found this article interesting as it really puts into perspective whether someone in their 80s really needs a mammogram or prostate screening. In some cases, the treatment for these cancers is far more harmful to an elderly person than the general progression. The points below really capture the essence of the piece:
“I ask people, ‘Do you think you’re going to be around in 10 years? Help me decide whether to order a mammogram,’ ” said Bynum, whose work focuses on geriatrics.
As people near the end of their lives, it’s especially important for patients and their family members to discuss their goals and wishes with clinicians. Patients often want to be kept comfortable rather than undergo medical interventions, but physicians and nurses are still trained to do everything possible to prevent death, said Diane Meier, the director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care and a professor of geriatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.
If you haven’t already downloaded my free family medical log printable, be sure to get it while it is available.
2. Go 4 Life: I recently attended a well-being seminar on healthy living for seniors and one of the presenters shared this website with the group. Go 4 Life is created by the National Institute on Aging at NIH, as part of an exercise and physical activity campaign. It includes nutrition tips and photos and instruction on exercises perfect for seniors.
3. More Men Take on Caregiver Role: Much of the discussions surrounding caregiving are tailored to women, but according to this article, “Almost twice as many men now are taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, up to almost 40 percent of caregivers from 19 percent just 15 years ago, according to two studies, one by the Alzheimer’s Association, the other by the National Alliance for Caregiving.” This article profiles a man who is caring for several family members and how men in general handle caregiving versus how women handle their caregiving roles.
4. Car Recipients Go From Guilty to Grateful: This article really resonated with me. As I’ve mentioned, I have a chronic illness that is usually invisible and I can usually power through. However, there are times when I’m in a flare and am really struggling and I have to rely on my husband to do the “heavy lifting” with our family. Guilt and frustration are always my first emotions. I feel guilty that he has to do more than his fair share, even though he has never once complained. I feel guilty for being sick, even though I obviously did nothing to cause my condition. I usually end up at grateful that I have such an amazing and capable spouse, but letting go of the guilt is tough!
5. Caregiving and Anger – Coping Skills: People don’t like to admit that they sometimes get angry with their loved one they are caring for. Not every moment is going to be filled with love. Anger is a normal emotion. This video offers coping skills to come out on the other side.
Of course, if you missed any of my posts for the week – here is my wrap up:
1. Get Your Senior Parent Tech Savvy: A handy guide to help your parent connect with old and new friends online even if they’ve never used a computer.
2. Is Your Senior Parent’s Home Safe?: A room-by-room safety check for fire and other hazards in the home.
3. Is it a Medical Issue or Just Age?: How can you tell if a change in vision or a change in appearance to your or your parent’s skin is more than just a sign of aging. Find out what’s normal and what isn’t.
Did you read any great articles for caregivers this week?