If you’re caring for an older adult and you’ve had to change your routine in the last few weeks with senior centers, doctors' offices, and adult day programs closing due to COVID-19, you might find yourself experiencing more caregiver stress and burnout.
Last week, I met with a caregiver who was teleworking from home and whose husband with dementia was unexpectedly home at the same time. Before the Coronavirus Pandemic, his home health aide would come to his home 3 days a week and he would attend an adult day program 5 days a week. These resources would help his wife (the caregiver) to continue to work and have a break from caregiving, so that she wouldn't have to give up her whole life in exchange for caregiving. But, since the Coronavirus Pandemic has started, his adult day program has closed, and his home health aide has been sick. As a result, the caregiver is experiencing lots of stress and overwhelm trying to figure out how to work and caregive...
With cities across the nation facing lock-down and Coronavirus rates increasing, people are experiencing higher rates of fear and anxiety.
To add to the tension, we've been separated from our broader support networks due to social distancing, like places of worship, senior centers, and adult day programs.
And don't even get me started on economic concerns. Last week my recently retired friend told me that she emailed her former employer asking for work opportunities due to concerns about how the drop in the stock market is affecting her retirement planning.
This is a scary and uncertain time for us all.
When we're scared and uncertain, it can help to spend a little time "looking for the good".
I'm devoting this week's blog to a few of the good things happening in society that warm my heart and remind me of the connection that I have to the greater good in humanity - see this as looking for the good in the greater good.
With the Coronavirus affecting adults over 60 at greater levels than other age groups, many older adults are electing to “self-isolate” or are actually on “lock down” at long-term care or skilled nursing communities.
Social distancing and protecting the most “at risk” populations (i.e., adults 60 and older) is the current recommendation. And, I will do everything in my power to follow this guideline.
The downside of social distancing, however, is that it increases loneliness and isolation among a group of folks who are already at risk of social isolation- older adults, and more specifically older adults with chronic illness.
There is a well established body of research linking social isolation and loneliness to an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, a weakened immune system, depression, anxiety, cognitive decline, dementia, and even...
Last week I shared 7 ways to find alternative transportation options for your aging parents if they are no longer driving on their own.
It's not enough to know what the alternatives are for helping your parent get around once they stop driving, it's important to actually TRY OUT the options. This is important step in helping your parents to build confidence with traveling alone, which will help them maintain their independence for as long as possible!
In this episode, I share 5 Tips For TRYING OUT Transportation Options and more about why it is so important to help your parents remain independent with transportation, even when they are no longer driving.
Driving is SO important to older adults. It helps them to stay socially connected, helps them to experience independence, it reduces risk of depression and isolation, and so much more.
But there will likely come a time in your parent’s life that they are no longer...
Driving is SO important to older adults. It helps them to stay socially connected, helps them to experience independence, it reduces risk of depression and isolation, and so much more. There are so many good reasons that older adults want to drive for as long as possible!
But there will likely come a time in your parent’s life that they are no longer able to drive. And when this happens, one of the best ways to help is to be clear on what types of transportation options are available for your aging parents so that they can remain independent and continue to live their best life!
So in today’s episode, I’ll share...
1. Public Transportation! ...
Imagine you live in DC and your aging parent lives alone in Michigan and needs support and resources. You’ve been to visit your parent a few times to help get them set up with services, but you’re finding it more and more difficult to take the time off work and leave your life in DC every month, not to mention that the cost of travel is weighing you down...
AND, when you get to Michigan you have no idea of where to start looking for the resources your aging parent needs.
On the third trip to see your parent, you think you have everything set up, only to return home to DC to discover that there are countless other needs your parent has. You’re in a bind! You can’t take any more time off of work, you have to manage your own needs in DC, and at the same time, you know that your aging parent needs your help!
This is where a Geriatric Care Manager can come in!
In this Blog/Video I am going to walk you through everything you need to know...
I'll send you weekly tips and resources for caring for the older adults in your life.
Because you shouldn't have to do this caregiving-thing alone!
I'll never share your email! Cross my heart!