Maintaining your health and staying safe is essential if you want a happy tomorrow. There are many things you can do, regardless of your age, to plan for a healthy and productive lifestyle.
Monthly Archives: December 2014
The Sandwich Generation is called that because the caregivers are being “sandwiched” between two generations. The caregivers in this situation are typically in their 40s or 50s and studies have found that close to 70 percent of these caregivers are also working full time jobs in addition to rearing their own children and caring for their aging parents. These caregivers – because they are trying to juggle so many tasks – are faced with physical, emotional and mental stresses which are leading to burnout and such a sense of overwhelm that they have a hard time getting through the day.
Whether you’re caring for an aging parent or a child or spouse with a serious illness, caregiver burnout is very real and the caregiver needs to be aware of it and take steps to address it. Caregivers may scoff at that because with the tasks they are charged with, they may feel they simply don’t have time to care for themselves, but it is crucial that they do or their health will suffer.
Chances are, your parents are determined to age in place. It is something many of us will likely choose to do for as long as we are able. As caregivers though, there will come a time when you notice that Mom and Dad just can’t handle living in their own home and a move to either an assisted living facility or in with a family member will need to be considered.
Much has been written about long term care insurance and whether the premiums are worth the coverage you may be able to collect upon. In many cases – and you will want to verify this with your financial advisor – long term care insurance is an investment in your future care.
Maintaining long-distance relationships with the elderly can be tough. Not only do they not get out like they once did but we all lead very busy lives making it more difficult to travel to where they live. In these hectic times, sharing lives and activities is made a little easier through technology. With a smartphone, tablet or computer, hearing and seeing family members is a breeze. Now, though you may be miles apart, seeing the latest Halloween costume, a new dance move or the loose tooth is possible the use of Skype, Google Hangout and FaceTime and Facebook.
There comes a point when each of us comes to the realization we need assistance. Between work, dealing with our families and trying to find a little personal time, its difficult to take on more tasks and responsibilities. If the need arises to begin caring for an aging loved one, there are numerous considerations. The ideal situation for all is if the individual is able to stay at home providing the persons health and mobility is adequate. One important step toward aging in place is to equip the home with a medical alert system. This system provides the senior with independent living while allowing the caregiver some time for herself.