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Taking Care of Yourself

 

Caregiving involves many challenges. 
New skills may need to be mastered. 
New ways of relating to a family member may need to be developed.
Tough decisions may need to be made. 
Often one of the greatest challenges is taking care of yourself. 
Take care of yourself so that you can better care for your loved one.


"THE SANDWICH GENERATION"
These are caregivers who find themselves squeezed in between caring for younger loved ones such as children, and their elder parents or other elder family members.

Some common stressers are:
-How do I split my time between my children/family and my elder loved one?
-How much of my time is too much time in each caregiving role?
-How do I find time for my marriage?
-How do I find time for myself?
-How do I keep the generational peace between my kids and my elder loved one?
-How do I combat my feelings of isolation?
-Guilt, guilt and more guilt for not having enough time to accomplish all that I "should" be doing.

To counter some of these stressers, here are a few tips to help along the way:
-Hold a family meeting
- discuss the many caregiving tasks and who can share responsibilities
-Communication - make sure all family members have a chance to talk about their feelings.
-Ask for Assistance - make a point of picking up the phone and calling area resources. You may be surprised at who is waiting to help you.
-Take time to care for yourself - this is not an act of selfishness, it is actually an act of great giving.
-Take time every day to "check in" with yourself, even if it is for 10 minutes. Enjoy this time by reading, listening to music, exercising, or whatever you like to do.
-Remember to laugh at the funny things in life.
-Take time to be "in" your marriage.
-Listen to your body - if your body is telling you to slow down, or that something is not right, seek medical advice.

For those of you squeezed in the sandwich generation please know that you are not alone and that assistance is often only a telephone call or an internet site away.

--Today's Caregiver Magazine, Sept-Oct, 2003

 


When you record or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.

--Jean Shinoda Bolen

Caregiving teaches us that, however serious a crisis may be, it can be an invitation to grow in our understanding of and our appreciation for our lives, our loves and our values, all of which take on greater meaning in today's world.
--Source: Today's Caregiver Magazine

You Deserve a Break!

Caregiver Support Groups

1st Monday, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

2nd Tuesday, 12:00-1:30 p.m. (Alzheimer's)

Call 303-651-8414 for details.

See our Caregiver Support page for upcoming caregiving programming you might find interesting!

GO Magazine
Pick up your copy of the Longmont Senior Center's GO quarterly magazine today!   It's your guide to classes, activities and trips happening through the Longmont Senior Center.  Scholarships are available. There is also a pull-out Resource Guide that will give you information on local services. Drop by the Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave., or call 303-651-8411 for subscription information. We're your information and entertainment guide!

PrestigePLUS
We continue to provide opportunities for wellness. You do not need to be a member of PrestigePLUS to access these services, but a membership will get you additional discounts on some therapeutic services. Whether you are experiencing illness or simply want to support your wellness, we have options to help you take ownership of your health. Find out more about our wellness classes and services by checking out our Wellness pages. Call 303-651-5080 to schedule an appointment or for more information. We are located on the east end of the Senior Center. Stop by to chat, get information or make an appointment.

More answers are just a click away!
Check out these other Longmont Caregiver web pages!

Alzheimer's
Caregiver Home Page
Long Term Care
Resources/Services
Support
Websites/Books

Please visit our other Longmont Senior Services web pages for details on great programs, classes, resources & services! We've got something for everyone!

 

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