Happy Friday! I hope you had an uneventful week with plenty of opportunities for self-care. The weather has been beautiful in Los Angeles, which makes me feel like getting outside. I hope you have experienced nice weather in your neck of the woods.
Here are my five favorite stories for caregivers this week.
- The Importance of Self-Care: We all know self-care is important to well-being, but how important? This article explains the benefits of self-care and provides ways to implement self-care and how important it is to overall well-being. For more ideas, you can check the self-care section of my blog.
- Our Parenting Can Determine the Quality of Our Aging: This article resonated with me. I worked with many seniors who had fractured relationships with their adult children. At the stage in their lives that they were in, it would seem their children must be callous, but really, you never know what their relationship was like, or what type of parent they were. If you are dealing with caring for a toxic parent, I have some resources and recommendations to make it more bearable.
- 10 Medical Tests to Avoid: A panel of doctors recently released a list of medical tests that are not always necessary and can lead to pain, radiation exposure and unnecessary surgery. Before you go through the motions, ask your doctor how necessary it is and whether the tests will affect how the doctor treats you. For example, I was going through a new pain flare. My doctor said he could do an MRI, but the results likely wouldn’t impact treatment, so I opted not to do the test. Having that type of discussion with your doctor can save you money and time.
- What is the True Cost of Caregiving: In addition to the loss of wages (which is no small cost), there are a number of unexpected costs to caregiving from out-of-pocket medical expenses to transportation expenses. It can add up very quickly. I had a small infection on my skin that ended up costing me more than $300 out-of-pocket in a three week timeframe. If you are struggling with caregiving costs, you may want to check out my Resources page for links to benefits and programs you may be able to tap into.
- Adapting the Home for Grandma: This article provides useful information on making sure your home is safe if you are moving an elderly parent in. It addresses safety hazards and how to evaluate the environment. You can also check out my fall prevention guide and home safety evaluation, as well as whether a medical reasons for falls.
In case you missed any of them, you can also read my posts this week to catch up:
Have a wonderful weekend!