Did you know that caring for your aging or ill loved ones can actually be good for your health?
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.
When is the last time you had a good night’s sleep? If you’re a caregiver, and if you’re in the Sandwich Generation (caring for your aging parents and your growing family and a career), chances are you have an even harder time shutting off your mind and getting a good night’s sleep. You’d think that with all of the items you’re tasked with that you would fall into bed, exhausted, and sleep the entire night; unfortunately that isn’t always the case.
New research conducted a study of thousands of older adults in several countries to determine if walking pace is in any way related to dementia & Alzheimers. Researchers who attended the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen presented several studies focused on the markers related to early stages of dementia. They found that the pace at which older people walk may provide a reliable clue about how well their brain is aging and could eventually allow doctors to determine whether they are at risk of Alzheimer’s, researchers have found.
Chances are, you are either caring for your aging parents, or you know someone who is in the role of caregiver. There are many individuals in the 50-something age range and in the so-called Sandwich Generation (caring for aging parents while still raising children of their own) who are being tasked with the care of aging parents.
When aging parents and their caregivers get free time, it’s great to have a mixture of fun activities to help lift everybody's spirits and provide a chance to let your hair down. Exercise & activity is so important as it has the ability to boost one’s spirits and improve health.
The problem with not aging at home is that when issues like inability to fall asleep occur, a new environment such as a nursing home could create confusion and an unsafe environment. It’s not the sleeping part itself that is the problem but the after effects that are caused by lack of sleep and inability to gain proper rest. In the event that your loved one takes 30+ minutes to nod off, gets up over and over every night, has problems falling back to sleep, or gets up feeling tired and unable to work well the following day, they may be experiencing the effects of a sleeping disorder. One reason this may be occurring could be a direct result from things like acid reflux, a neurologic condition, prescriptions or even over-the-counter medications.
Caregivers face almost daily challenges when it comes to caring for aging parents. These challenges range from not having enough time or energy to care for them in addition to caring for a growing family and career responsibilities. When you add long-distance into the mix and it becomes even more difficult for a child to care for his or her aging parents.