Story about elder-care family stress…

Did you read this story about scaregiver strain?   If you are approaching middle age or you see your parents dealing with grandparents or other elder loved ones, you are not alone!  Caregiver strain is enormous.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/ElderCare/sibling-situation-caring-elderly-ailing-parents/story?id=11592489

At this story shows, children of elderly parents in need in dire need of caregiving support.  That’s precisely what we are attempting to do at customeldercare.com.

 

Searching for Boomer Humor!

Please help me to develop our Boomer Humor corner!  Post a comment in response to this post with an anecdote or joke (nice ones only!) on aging or caregiving of your own!  (or more than one if you have!!).   We will eventually give these anecdotes geater visibility, but for now… I need content!  Thanks

🙂 Dominique

Family Caregiver Standards

The National Association of Social Workers Board of Directors in September of 2010 approved new standards for social work practice with family caregivers of older adults.. (read more)

The Caregiver’s Dilemma: Are you afraid to tell your boss you’re a caregiver?

Even though Roxanne Aune’s boss is aware that her 59-year-old husband has early onset Alzheimer’s, he’ll never know how much it impacts her work. “I feel I can’t say I’m a caregiver because a red flag will go up and my boss will think, ‘Oh, there’s something wrong with her husband again,’ ” says Aune, 57, of Minneapolis. “I can’t afford to be absent, or start over again, so I don’t discuss this part of my life.”  Continue reading…

Tasks of Elder Care

Nothing can fully prepare you for the overwhelming experience of caring for your elderly parents, but Jane Gross’ new book, “A Bittersweet Season,” comes awfully close.

From the first page, Gross, a reporter for The New York Times, provides insights that are painfully familiar to those of us in the throes of caregiving, but she also dispenses helpful advice as someone who has been there and learned important lessons.

Part memoir, part dispatch from the trenches, “Bittersweet” offers a multilayered overview of America’s caregiving system, using the author’s recent experience of caring for her aging mother as a vivid example and cautionary tale…

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/books/2015088967_br22bittersweet.html

Keep Your Voice, Even at the End of Life

Read this great article by Jane Brody on end of life care.  She confirms that when a person’s needs are not known, medical and social services do little to enhance life for the older adult and much to decrease quality of life for family survivors.  (Read the full NY Times essay)


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