The Strain and Stress of Caregiving11/10/2016 12:24pm | 2190 views
Given the emphasis that Latinos place on family, it’s no wonder that so many are so willing to take on the task of caring for an elderly parent or a loved one that falls ill. But too often, these family caregivers plunge headfirst into the role without thinking through the strain and stress that will come with it – and the toll it may take on their own health. Some may think they have no choice, and for those it may be even more important to weigh the risks – the emotional stress, the physical strain, and the financial burden – against the reality of their current situation.
Finding Your Caregiver Role to Keep Your Loved One Connected31/10/2016 10:42am | 1811 views
By Glenn Llopis
Anyone who’s ever cared for a loved one battling a chronic disease or an aging parent in declining health will soon realize, as I did, that the caregiver ecosystem is much broader than you initially think it’s going to be. When my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and later moved to an assisted care facility, my mother and I were devastated. He was such an integral part of our daily lives, and still was, but now it was with a new sense of urgency as we became his front-line caregivers.
Caregiving Brings a Greater Appreciation and Need for Your Own Preventive Care31/10/2016 10:28am | 1833 views
By Glenn Llopis
One of the great things about caregiving is that you learn to put someone else first, above your own needs. “Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible,” says Tia Walker in ‘The Inspired Caregiver: Finding Joy While Caring for Those You Love’ (by Peggi Speers and Tia Walker).
Stepping Up When It’s Time to Step Into the Caregiver Role31/10/2016 10:15am | 1888 views
by Glenn Llopis
My father was a huge influence on my life and career, with many lessons and pearls of wisdom to share throughout his long and rich life. But what I didn’t expect, is that when the tables were turned, and I was thrust into the caregiver role of an aging parent, that he would still be the one teaching me lessons – about life and vulnerability, courage and strength, dignity and death. Nor could I have known about the multidimensional aspects of caregiving – and the magnitude of the responsibility – because nothing can prepare you more than actually being in that situation yourself.
The Impact of Caregiving on Work – and How Leaders Can Help Both Their Employers and Employees31/10/2016 10:06am | 1871 views
by Michael O’Neill, Senior Editor, HHL
For many who take on the role of caregiving at home, it can quickly become a full-time job – on top of the one they already have. Almost half (46%) of caregivers work full-time outside the home, and it’s closer to two-thirds if you add in part-time workers and those looking for employment. (See Care for the Family Caregiver:A Place to Start (March 2010 Edition, prepared by National Alliance for Caregiving and EmblemHealth).