Studies continue to reveal the emotional, physical, and even financial impact of caring for a loved one who requires assistance with the activities of daily living. A recent article in Kiplinger’s Magazine titled “Managing Stress a Must for Caregivers” highlights the importance of finding time to step away from caregiving responsibilities in order to avoid burnout and other adverse health consequences. Quite often it is dealing with a loved one’s behaviorial swings that is most difficult for a family caregiver. A key take-away is that ultimately caregivers must take care of themselves in order to remain effective in helping loved ones.
Articles such as this one remind us that caring for an elderly loved one is often more difficult in practice than in reality. Older adults and their adult children should have thoughtful discussions well before caregiving needs arise to help ultimately make the transition more maneagable.
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