Many of today’s caregivers are in what has been termed The Sandwich Generation. These folks are caregivers who have taken on the role of caring for an aging or ill parent or family member while still raising their own children and pursuing a career.
Chances are you know a caregiver or are one yourself. Statistically speaking, if you’re a woman who is between the ages of 48-60 you will be a caregiver (the average age of caregivers is 51), because more than 60% of women are. Consider that close to 70 million individuals (29% of the population) in the United States are in a caregiving role and chances are you know more than one person who is providing care to an aging or disabled relative.
Looking for an ideal caregiver is akin to finding the perfect babysitter for your child, you need to find someone you can trust completely with your loved one. Looking for a caregiver for an aging relative or a family member that is coping with a medical condition is a task that cannot be undertaken lightly.
November has been designated as National Caregivers Month although for anyone involved in the caregiving process, it is a year round task when it comes to caring for frail, elderly or disabled friends or family members. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, the term “caregiver” means anyone who provides assistance to someone else who is, in some degree, incapacitated and needs help; this could be a husband who has suffered a stroke, a wife with Parkinson disease, a mother-in-law with cancer, or a grandfather with Alzheimer disease.
The quality of your footwear is very important especially if you are constantly on your feet walking or running. The quality of your shoes can also impact the health of your lower extremities. By continuing to wear shoes that are clearly worn, you risk injury and placing stress on your feet and joints in the knees and ankles.
There are many phone scams including the "grandparent scam" in which someone calls to tell them their grandchild is in trouble and needs money for bail or medical treatment. They're told to send money via Western Union or other methods.
A medical monitoring system is an important step to creating a safe environment for parents when moving into a new home. Caregiving has changed in the past decade with more and more families opting to move Mom and Dad into the family home rather than moving them into an assisted living facility or a nursing home.
Is your loved one squinting or having trouble reading small print? As we age so do our eyes, so it is important to address vision problems as they occur and have frequent eye checkups. Visits to the eye doctor should occur once every two years or if the loved one begins to experience problems with their vision.
It can be a difficult transition when the time comes to move your mom or dad into your family home. Open conversations and planning prior is a necessity that creates all types of questions.
Studies have shown that seniors who own a pet have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and are healthier overall compared to non-pet owners. A pet is more than just an animal that is kept around the house; it also serves as a loyal and nonjudgmental companion for seniors who live alone.