If you’re looking out the window and see the ground covered in snow and more coming down, you know that you won’t be opening your windows for fresh air any time soon.
Today’s families are no longer just mom, dad and the kids; in many cases there are blended and step-families and this can lead to the need for conversations like “Who’s going to care for Mom and Dad as they age?” This is especially true if a couple had been married for decades and the in-laws were an integral part of their lives – it’s not always a relationship that is easily dismissed.
In today’s electronic era, there isn’t anything we can’t find online… including our medical records. Chances are, the last time you saw your physician, he or she handed you a piece of paper with instructions for accessing your online medical records. There are great reasons to log into your online account and to check to make certain all of the information is correct.
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.
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.