Being a caregiver is a stressful, yet very rewarding job. Taking care of a loved one, spouse, parent, or patient is a big responsibility and can cause anxiety in some caregivers. Often, as caregivers, we choose not to acknowledge how we’re feeling or ignore certain signs. Recognizing these signs early on and taking appropriate action to effectively manage stress can be helpful in avoiding serious health-related issues.
With the Holiday season well on it’s way, most of us see times of mayhem on our horizon. Planning get-togethers and parties, cooking and preparing meals, shopping, but most importantly, time with our loved ones.
The job of a caregiver is never easy or glamorous. Whether you’re a family member or professional caregiver, providing care for a senior comes with a complex set of responsibilities and challenges. We mentioned recently how caregivers can neglect their own lives and health when providing care for seniors. Providing the right emotional support to a senior citizen and their families is in itself emotionally demanding, and requires that the caregiver be physically and mentally healthy.
Over one million people may be living with Parkinson’s Disease in the U.S., according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, the majority of them over the age of 50. That leaves a lot of us with the responsibility to care and support our loved ones, and while it can be rewarding, there are certain considerations to take into account so you know what to expect.
Caregivers can often overlook their own lives as they spend a majority of their time caring about and for others, but taking care of one’s health is a key part of staying in optimal condition and in turn, makes for a better caregiver. When you are happy and healthy, you can show up to your job better, using that energy to offer the very best help and support.
Sibling conflict is one of a kind, and while it may lay dormant through most of adult life, it is common that it reappear when parents age or experience some sort of health decline. They look to their children for support and care, and while the intentions of each child may be genuine, the stress of sharing and delegating responsibility for the best can cause tensions to rise.
Active and social engagement with the world around us becomes more difficult as we age; retirement, downsizing, new communities, and new faces. But being social is a key component to the overall quality of our health and life. Ensuring we experience human interaction on a consistent basis greatly improves our health by reducing the significant risks that are associated.
A recently discussed topic on downsizing might bring up other concerns. In decluttering or simply cleaning out a kitchen or bathroom medicine cabinet, we might wonder, what do I do with these old medications? There are proper and relatively specific precautions one should take to safely dispose of prescription drugs.
Yoga is a Hindu derived practice that includes controlled breathing, specific body postures, low-impact movement and simple meditation that is practiced for health and relaxation purposes. It brings together mind, body, and soul in one practice. Yoga has been the wave of the new world as of late, but is not just for the younger generation. There are many benefits and reasons that support why yoga is a great practice for seniors and the elderly population.
It seems that after the age of 50, questions like, “Do I really need all of this?” begin to run through the mind. From our large family homes to what it holds -- the kids' old stuff and our closets full of clothes from decades ago -- we become more aware of the quantity and realize that it’s increasingly difficult to keep up with. Downsizing just makes sense for a more flexible and enjoyable life, but that doesn’t make the process simple or easy.