On this episode, we are once again joined by memory care expert Rita Altman, and delve into the world of the adult caregiver, someone who is often part of the “sandwich generation.” This person is in the middle of taking care of their aging parent while also caring for their younger children, and usually holding down a full-time job.
Take a look at a few highlights from this today’s show and be sure to listen to the full episode here.
Caregiver burnout (2:19):What we often see with the sandwich generation is caregiver burnout. These individuals are spending so much time caring for their parents and children, that they neglect to spend enough time on themselves, leading to increased stress and burnout. It’s important to realize that we can’t take care of others well unless we take care of ourselves.
Taking care of an aging loved one with memory loss can be challenging. Feelings of sadness, frustration and even anger are normal. It’s best to look at your current role as a day to day journey and do all that you can to live in the moment with your loved one.
To avoid caregiver burnout, you must make a point to make time for yourself each day and to nurture your own spirit. When you take time for yourself through exercise and healthy eating, you are even better equipped to take care of your loved ones. Some key advice? Say yes to those who offer help. And, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Sharing caregiving responsibilities with siblings (4:52):We often hear about the challenges that are associated with sharing caregiving responsibilities between siblings. To combat this, make sure to keep the lines of communication open, and let each other know when you need help. Explore what works for you family.
Don’t forget the added value of support groups where you can hear from your peers and how they’ve managed through these difficulties. Try your hardest to stay open and keep the focus on the person that you all love, the person that you are caring for.
Making the decision for senior living (7:17):There may come a time when you consider assisted living or memory care as an option for your loved one, when managing their care needs becomes too much. You, as a caregiver needs to know what your limitations are and when to ask for help. That help sometimes can mean homecare or adult day care services. However, very often that means finding a homelike environment in a memory care or assisted living environment where you can still play a very important role in your loved ones life. Perhaps in even a better way, as you are no longer focused on the day to day physical care – and instead can focus more on the fun things.
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Source: Sunrise Senior Living