Out of Gas. Burned Out. Done. Each of these familiar expressions may resonate with most of us juggling a work-life balance. However, when your professional life requires empathy and you’re operating on fumes, could this be doing a disservice to you, a client or a loved one? There are many roles, occupations, and relationships that cause us to bear the burdens of the traumas of others. Consider the folks that we call when there’s a crisis: police officers, doctors, social work
Around the world, people have been reflecting this week on the events of 15 years ago on September 11th. As a native New Yorker (pronounced “Noo Yawkuh”), I can tell you that there was a tremendous lesson learned in those tragic moments and the horrifying aftermath of the collapse of the World Trade Center. It is a lesson that I hope that the collective WE can learn, understand, and apply in their lives: We don’t have to like each other, but we have to get along.
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For the most part caregivers are, in our common understanding, adult children taking care of their parents or parents taking care of their sick children, right? Well, there is more to the story because there are a significant percentage of children across the country acting as caregivers for their parents and other family members. According to the website of the American Psychology Association, “a large number of children and adolescents--referred to as ‘Caregiving Youth’--a
The family caregiver role is a rewarding yet sometimes frustrating and exhausting responsibility. Caregiving roles take on different shapes and forms. From assisting older adults in your life, to sick family members and friends. It is a role that at some point in your life you may be the caregiver or even the person that needs care. These caregivers are important to the health and wellbeing of their families. Your role is to support and encourage your loved one by helping w
Many of us will find ourselves being a caregiver for a loved one at some point. Whether they receive care at home or reside in some type of care facility, the person responsible for their health and well-being (you!) will be compelled to handle a number of problems -- some may not have a desired resolution. What happens to them (and us) when the situation extends for months or even years? Who looks out for the caregiver? We can become so focused on making sure that our loved
Two weeks ago, I met with a dear friend: a beautiful career woman without children. During our dinner she shared of recently taking advantage of a benefits program with her employer to prepare end-of-life plans. Unlike the millions of Americans who postpone advance planning, she understood the value. Just a few years past 40, she has been the designated member in her family of funeral arrangements for at least four relatives -- not a role that she relishes. Before completing
Caregiving is one of the largest and underfunded activities in this country. Now that public discussion is increasing and legislation is being considered, perhaps resources for caregivers will also be enhanced. Anyone with a loved one needing care today, in the past or in the future certainly should take AARP's Quiz on Caregiving. #Quiz #Caregivers #Aging
Coupling the recovery of abused birds and veterans may seem like a stretch. However, the pioneering work of the New Directions treatment center along with the West Los Angeles V.A. Medical Center haver demonstrated that care and patience can bridge the differences of species and encourage mutual healing. #Military #Veterans #Caregivers #Anxiety #MentalHealth #Recovery
When you fill or share the role of caregiver, there may seem as if there is little room for your yourself. This is particularly true when caring for seniors and other adults. While we are still in the early days of 2016, perhaps the concept of resolutions can provide boundaries as well as structure for you to retain your autonomy. #Caregivers
When people have the support of their family and friends, they are able to better manage their diabetes. It is a hard disease to handle alone. You can help your loved one cope with diabetes by showing your support.
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Seven Tips to Help Adult Children to Communicate with Their Aging Parents. Home Instead Senior Care and communication expert Jake Harwood, Ph.D., from the University of Arizona, are tips to help family caregivers communicate with their aging parents on sensitive subjects. #Aging #Caregivers #Communication #Family
Let's Disrupt Aging and Rethink Getting Older. When we embrace our age, we feel good about ourselves. We are a generation of makers and doers who have a desire to continue exploring our possibilities, to celebrate discovery over decline. #Aging #Caregivers