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…

Easing the Stress of Daily Care-Giving

Q. You find yourself having to care for an ill family member while holding down a full-time job. How can you handle both of these demanding duties without feeling overwhelmed?

A. Caregivers often feel they have one choice: quit their jobs and become full-time caregivers or keep working but do an inadequate job of meeting the needs of their ailing family member, says Denise M. Brown, founder of Caregiving.com, an online resource and forum for family caregivers. Fortunately, she says, it’s not nearly that cut and dried.

As you look for solutions, don’t be afraid to ask your employer for help. Ms. Brown suggests tapping into your company’s employee assistance plan or looking into work/life benefits that the company may offer. Those often include the services of a geriatric care manager who can research and coordinate care in the community where you need it.  Continue reading


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