Being compassionate to yourself doesn't mean that you're letting yourself get away with being a terrible person. What it means is that you're not beating yourself up for real or imagined mistakes. You're acknowledging that you're human and that you're doing the best that you can.
No One Knows Your Journey Better than You Do.
Caregiving is undeniably tough and each caregiving journey is a unique one. That said, no one knows better than you do exactly what your journey looks and feels ...
April is Stress Awareness Month. As a family caregiver for an elderly adult, this is a great opportunity for you to learn more about stress, how it can impact you, and the effect that it can have on your caregiver efforts for your parent, as well as other aspects of your life. By being aware of the potential for stress, you are more likely to be able to identify when you are dealing with stress and prepare yourself to avoid stress, ...
Many caregivers find themselves surprised when they're suddenly facing a health crisis of their own. The problem is that they spend so much of themselves on their senior's health that they forget about their own. Here are a few ways you can help yourself stay as healthy as possible.
Get as Much Sleep as You Can.
Believe it or not, cutting back on sleep is not going to be helpful to you in your caregiving journey. You might think that you're gaining all ...
You want to be there for your aging adult and you know that she needs the help. But her response might just shock you. If you're wondering why your elderly family member won't accept your help, these explanations might help.
She Honestly Doesn't Believe She Needs It.
Many aging adults truly don't believe that they need any additional help. they've been going about their lives for years, decades even, without help and they're fine. So it stands to reason, from their point of ...
Poor nutrition, obesity, and other food-related problems are all too common with family caregivers. The stress of caring for an elderly relative’s needs can often take quite a toll on the caregiver’s health and wellness. One strategy to combat overeating and poor nutrition is to practice mindful eating. It’s easy to turn to food when a caregiver is feeling stressed, sad, lonely, frustrated, or bored. Mindful eating can help combat these feelings and get you on the right track to better ...
When you're a busy family caregiver, self-help tools are something that you can turn to quickly and easily when you need a little bit of help. Finding the right tools for you depends on your needs and what works for you.
There are an amazing amount of books available on any of the topics you might need as a caregiver. You can even find books that help you learn to deal with a variety of aspects of caregiving itself. Libraries are excellent ...
Family meetings can do a lot for you and your elderly loved one, but how you handle those meetings makes a big difference. Try some of these ideas to see how they help.
Give Other Family Members a Chance to Volunteer to Help.
Sometimes as a caregiver, you know exactly what needs to be done and so you start to believe that other people do, too. Or maybe you've shared your "to do" list a thousand times and yet you've had a tough ...