Caring for a senior loved one can offer you the chance to learn from, nurture a closer relationship with, and give back to someone who has loved you their entire life. But caregiving can also be thankless, exhausting, demoralizing work.
Do the holidays stir up warm memories of baked goods, caroling, toasty firesides, and family fun? Or does the mere thought of a celebration send you into a panic about all the things you need to do, all the people you need to support, and all the challenges you’ll face in supporting an ailing senior? If you’re like most people, you probably feel a mix of warmth, dread, excitement, and anxiety when you contemplate the holiday season. Make this holiday count for every member of your family, including seniors who are struggling, with these tips.
More than 43 million Americans provide care to a loved one, 15.7 million of which are caring for a senior who is suffering from dementia. Twelve percent of parents are also caregivers, squeezing them between two challenging roles. Although loving your aging parents comes naturally, caregiving does not. There’s a steep learning curve for everyone who steps into this vital role. So don’t feel guilty because you don’t immediately know how to manage the many needs of your aging parents. This simple checklist can help you protect your parents and make the most of your caregiving efforts.
The transition to senior living can save money, improve your quality of life, and eliminate the stress of homeownership. No more leaky roofs, overgrown grass, or rodent infestations for you. Exceptional senior living communities take care of most of your daily needs, allowing you to map out and pursue your ideal retirement. A sudden accident or natural disaster, however, can undermine your quality of life, even in a great senior community. Investing in renters insurance is one of the best financial decisions you can make, even if you haven’t hung onto much stuff. Here’s what you need to know.
For many seniors and their families, the most difficult aspect of transitioning to senior living is deciding when to make the move. As soon as seniors move to senior living, they’re often happier and more engaged, with more chances to socialize, and support whenever and wherever they need it.