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When we think of family caregivers, most of us likely picture an older woman caring for a spouse or an adult daughter tending to her parents. While it is true that female caregivers still outnumber men, the gap is smaller than ever before. For the first time, men make up almost fifty percent of family caregivers.
As the leaves change and the mercury falls, it’s increasingly obvious winter is on the way. If you are the caregiver for an aging parent, it’s time to begin preparing their house for the cold, snowy days ahead.
If a senior in your life has recently moved to an assisted living community, they probably feel excited and a little overwhelmed. Both are common soon after the transition. As a loved one, you might be experiencing similar feelings. Going from hands-on caregiving to more of a support role can be an adjustment.
The role of family caregiver can be demanding. Some days might not seem to have enough hours to get everything done. Other days you’ll manage things fairly easily. If you have a job outside the home, caregiving duties might require you to take more time off than normal.
When a parent’s or other family member’s health begins to decline, loved ones often pitch in to help. Running errands and performing household chores are usually the first steps. Some may try to move their older loved one into their own home for safety.
You can’t give what you don’t have. Every caregiver of an older loved one needs to accept this essential truth. If you're burned out, you won't be able to give your aging family member the quality of care they need.
Caregiving for a senior parent can be a rewarding but demanding role. It is common for a family caregiver to juggle this role with a busy career and the needs of their own family. This balancing act is understandably difficult to manage.
As the average age in this country continues to climb, an increasing number of adult children are becoming caregivers. For some, it is only for a few weeks or months while a parent recovers from an illness or surgery. Often, however, it is for a prolonged period of time. In fact, more than one third of family caregivers provide support to their loved one for five years or more.