Before the ball drops in Times Square, promise yourself this year will be the year you become your own best caregiver. Resolve to do what thousands of others need to do to make time for yourself, because in so doing, you make your time with others better and more valuable.
Caregivers often devote countless hours and resources to their caregiving role, putting their loved ones before themselves and sacrificing their own time in order to provide the best possible care. Caregiving is a full time job, one that requires patience, love, passion, dependability and heart. Considering how taxing caregivers jobs are, each one deserves recognition for their extraordinary, complex and challenging role. Thankfully November is National Family Caregiver Month, a time for family, friends and neighbors to reflect on the caregivers in their lives who provide care for the sick, elderly and disabled members of American society.
Though the idea of fall cleaning creates thoughts of cooler weather, rainy days and the impending winter months, consider that the hours it takes to clean your parent's house or apartment and yard can equate to an afternoon of conversation, memory-building and bonding. Whether you're living in the same city as your elderly relatives or only make occasional visits, having a shared activity such as freshening up the house after the warm summer months is a great one. Additionally, it's sometimes easier to have a meaningful conversation while involved in a task.
Seeking resources to care for aging parents isn’t a task to be undertaken when in crisis mode. By the time an aging parent needs additional care, you may not know where to turn and you don’t want to have to make uninformed decisions on care for your aging relatives. If you’re in regular contact with your aging relatives it will likely be easy to see when they are reaching the point where they need additional assistance if they’re to remain in their own home.
Being a ‘boomer’ in today’s world can be hard enough, yet often that generation is also faced with caring for aging parents. The emotions that come along with that can make them feel like they are riding the ultimate roller coaster.
One of the most important things we can do for our aging loved ones is to make sure that they are keeping themselves properly nourished. Often times it can be hard for them to get out to the grocery store, or to even consider what they may even feel like eating. Because of that, taking the time to do some meal prep ahead for them may be an option that would work for your loved one.