Learning how to discuss sensitive topics with your family is very important. Making sure your wishes for the future are clear to your family and/or caregiver can make such a difference.
Empowering Seniors – Caregiving and Planning for Future Care Needs
This episode looks into the stress that can affect seniors and their caregivers. A staggering 42 million Americans – one in four adults-face the challenges of caring for an adult friend or relative. Although caregiving can be richly rewarding and joyful, the role comes with enormous responsibilities and pressures.
Amy Goyer, AARP’s Family and Caregiving Expert specializing in caregiving, grandparenting, and multigenerational issues discusses with us how to juggle the art of caregiving and learning how to discuss sensitive topics with your family members.
Planning your future is a touchy subject to discuss, but bringing it up and letting your plans and wishes be known will make a difference. Letting family members and/or caregivers know the role you want them to play will help prevent the guessing game and it is more likely your wishes will be taken care of. Plans can always change, but it’s good to have a framework that you can go back to and remember this is an ongoing conversation.
Tips for Caregivers (remember there is a wide range of relationships in caregiving)
- I can do anything, but I can’t do everything. It’s okay to accept help.
- I have to take care of myself, in order to take care of others.
- Your mindset is what is going to get you through this experience.
Life knocks you down sometimes. Being a successful caregiver for others or yourself doesn’t mean you won’t ever fall down, but when you do you get back up be determined to be successful. Learn to deal with what life throws your way; remember life is good and there is so much joy so stay positive when focusing on others.