Caregiving can be very overwhelming at times, and we have our own things to do when we are not working, so any extra tasks can seem taxing. Just a week ago, I was moving my parents into their new house, they are older, so they cannot not do much physical labor.
Family & Caregivers
We have worked with many families who at some point have struggled with whether or not to take an elderly loved one on a trip who may not be up for the rigors of travel.
“The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love.”— Henry Miller
The holiday blues affects a number of people this time of year, especially the aging population. Learning to adapt your holiday celebrations for changing circumstances can alleviate these blues and holiday stress for caregivers and elderly relatives alike.
Nobody can do it all, and nobody has to go it alone. The best of us need help with any number of things in life; navigating the challenging waters of senior care and living options included.
Today's Sandwich Generation are struggling to keep it all together, but they don't have to go it alone with the right resources and help!
Most of us mean to be good listeners. We even fancy ourselves to be good listeners. I would even venture to guess that most of us applaud ourselves for being good listeners, while at the same time resenting and noticing all of those people in our lives who are not paying close enough attention to or listening well enough to us!
In spite of some lip service to the contrary, our culture on the whole devalues the role and importance of seniors in our society. We tend to obsess over the latest and greatest, the here and now, while forgetting the wisdom that our elders have to offer. It’s almost as if they have become an invisible group.
Family conversations can be tough to have. Money, marriage, kids, etc. Out of fear, tough conversations tend to be avoided. Instead of talking something through, issues simmer until they’re brought up in the wrong way and in an emotionally charged environment.
Research shows that gratitude can improve our physical, emotional, and psychological health. Our self-esteem increases, relationships improve, and we are better equipped to survive and overcome challenging times in our lives. It has also been associated with increased energy, optimism, empathy, and happiness.