Making a change in your aging parents’ lifestyle can be a traumatic event. If they are moving to a smaller home or moving into your home, it will mean they will have to divest themselves of some of their belongings. This can lead to a sense of loss of both memories and a loss of control of their lives. It will benefit you to have patience with them and to work through the process slowly – by this we mean, don’t just go into their home with a dumpster and start tossing their stuff.
The fact of life for many people 55 and older is that they may find themselves looking for a job. Whether because of downsizing, “right sizing” or the simple desire to do something different until they retire, finding a job may not be as simple as it was in your youth. A recent study showed that close to 55% of those aged 55 and older had been looking for a job for more than six months.
Did you know that it’s not just teenagers who are driving distracted? It’s been shown that because there are so many Baby Boomers who own smartphones (about 40 million) that they are just as likely to be distracted by the phone and texting as teenagers.
As a caregiver have you ever wondered how you can “find your Zen” or even just an island of peace in a world in which you’re being pulled in so many directions? If you said yes, you’re not alone. Caregivers, especially those in the so-called Sandwich Generation (those working full time, caring for their own family and caring for aging loved ones), it may be difficult to find even one moment to call their own.
As we age there are aches and pains that we wake up with and wonder, “is that something to worry about? Was that pain there yesterday?” In many cases you might have just “slept wrong” or pulled a muscle. In other instances, though, you may have a sign or symptom that could warrant a phone call to your doctor.
When the time comes to think about having to have mom and dad move out of the home because they can no longer live safely there, you should be aware that the trends in assisted living make these facilities more homelike than ever before. Chances are your parents will want to live in their home as long as they possibly can. Their desire to age-in-place is natural because they don’t want to give up their independence. As their caregivers you can help them with this by making their home “senior friendly” and by giving them access to a home medical monitoring and personal medical device.
It’s well beyond a cliché that men simply don’t like going to the doctor. As caregivers we spend a lot of time urging our dads, sons or spouses to “please call the doctor” and many times, to no avail. Why is that? Let’s agree that no one likes going to the doctor, but it is important for both preventative care as well as if you’re ill.
Do you find it hard to say “no”? Many caregivers are in the position of not only caring for their growing family, but working and also taking care of their aging parents. When you’re in that situation you’re being pulled in many directions which can stretch a person to their limits!