The main goal for any caregiver should be to take care of himself or herself first, so they can continue to do their best for the person they are caring for. To do that, they must move through the process of learning what to do and how to do it as quickly as possible while avoiding additional stress from confusion and poor choices. The best way? – to learn from the mistakes of others.
Some of our elderly needlessly end up broke. Many others pass along much less to their heirs and beneficiaries than they had planned, worked and saved for during their income producing years. They didn’t just wake up one morning and decide to deplete their accounts nor was there a major event that took everything they had. It happened gradually and was barely noticeable, if at all, until it was too late.
Guest Post by Dr. Keith Giaquinto, DC
Givers must set limits – takers don’t have any. People who like to give, help, and support others often have difficulty setting boundaries that allow them to stay healthy; and it costs them dearly. Takers can be energy vampires who thrive on the goodwill of those who don’t know how to say, “No.” Hang around them long enough and you’ll soon feel drained and exhausted; which will prevent you from helping anyone else. Dr. Keith shows you how to be a healthy giver.
Caregivers and seniors who depend on Ecumenical Adult Care of Naperville, a 501c3 charitable organization, urgently need your help. Later today, an emergency meeting will decide the fate of the center which has faithfully served the Naperville area for over 33 years by caring for society's forgotten ones while their family members try to make ends meet and keep their jobs. Here's the story.
Thankfulness, Love, Peace, Joy, Family, and Friends are the ingredients of a happy holiday season. Stress is not. Any undue pressure caregivers put on themselves to make everything perfect is nothing more than a negative whirlwind of emotions that lead to unrealistic expectations, overspending, mental fatigue and physical exhaustion. Even if your loved one has dementia, you can, and should, have a good time.
On Thanksgiving Day, as families were gathered around their tables, nearly every caregiver expressed gratitude for their loved one and genuinely meant it. After the work of getting everyone and everything ready, a sense of calm and thankfulness took over as they considered the blessings they had received. But for some, there was also a sense of guilt. Sometimes, no matter how hard people try to stay focused on the positive things in their lives, they can’t avoid recalling times when they didn’t measure up as they thought they should.
November is National Family Caregivers Month. This year’s theme is, “Take Care to Give Care” meaning that caregivers ought to practice the things that keep them in good physical, emotional and spiritual health so they can be at their best when doing for others. Who will take care of your loved one if you aren’t able? Caregivers must make their own needs priority one: but it isn't easy.
Working caregivers live with one stress-inducing situation after another. Confusion, distractions, conflicting demands on your time and an inability to see your plans through are just some of the culprits that push your patience to its limit. If you don’t take every opportunity to reduce the pressure that builds up inside, you’ll end up feeling like a truck ran over your already exhausted body. This is burnout and here are steps to get out of it.
Hey, it's Friday. Is there a better day to see what's going on in the world of articles and blogs for the past week? Today's post will offer our top picks in eight categories. We are passing along links to informative and entertaining articles we hope you can use as you continue to improve the quality of your life and the lives of all family members.
If you are a caregiver and your day is going well, one of two things is likely. Either today is one of your rare lucky days or you follow a morning routine. If this is just a lucky day for you, go ahead and enjoy it. This too shall pass. Tomorrow or the next day will be chaotic again and you’ll be reacting to every disturbance as if it were the first time you had to deal with it. Learn how carers who seem to have it all together when they come to work do it.