According to a recent Facebook live report by Kaiser Health News (KHN), every year more than 34 million unpaid caregivers — mostly family members — provide essential aid to adults age 50 and older. They help with tasks such as bathing or dressing and are increasingly performing complex medical tasks such as managing medications, dressing wounds and operating medical equipment.
It’s important to understand the types of emotional and practical challenges family caregivers face as they undertake these responsibilities. How do they cope with changing relationships, financial burdens and the distress that serious illness can provoke? And how do they balance their own needs with the needs of the person they’re caring for? More importantly, where do they find support?
In this presentation by KHN, “Navigating Aging” columnist Judith Graham speaks one-on-one with Dr. Arthur Kleinman, a distinguished professor of psychiatry and anthropology at Harvard University. He is the author of “The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and Doctor,” a new book about caring for his wife from the time she was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.
Graham then leads a discussion among a panel of caregivers, including the director of caregiving projects at AARP’s Public Policy Institute and a psychologist and principal at Health Management Associates out of Philadelphia.
We encourage you to take the time to listen to this enlightening presentation, because family caregivers are the backbone of our nation’s system of long-term care for older adults and will become more common place in the next 5-10 years.
Here at Tacoma Elder Care we want you to know there’s help available to you if you are managing someone’s health or are concerned you may have to in the future. We are proud to announce we will be partnering with Sound Options in 2020.
Sound Options’ integrated care management team delivers comprehensive home care, counseling, and geriatric care management services, and can provide you with all the resources you’ll need.
Today 40% of Adults aged 65+ need assistance with daily living activities, and that statistic will grow to over 70% in the near future.
Start to plan now, so that you will be prepared in the event of an illness. Begin by attending one of our FREE Workshops where you’ll learn about the 5-6 most important documents needs to have if you are over the age of 50 and learn from experts about how to build a healthcare management plan.
You can register for one of our Workshops HERE.
12/25/2019 08:35:41 pm
I can actually relate here. I have given up my work to take care of my old mother who suffered from twice with mild stroke. Half of her body was paralyzed, and lately her heartbeat has been showing abnormalities. I know I need to work to survive and to provide for my needs, but since I have lost my father, I will never allow to lose both of my parents. I have found a way to work at home and earn money at the same time, I can take care of my mothers need. I also obliged my siblings to help with the monthly expenses for our mothers maintenance.
10/8/2020 02:52:21 pm
“Family caregivers operate as extensions of health care systems performing complex medical and therapeutic tasks and ensuring care recipient adherence to therapeutic regimens. They operate as home-based “care coordinators” and personal advocates for care recipients. As health care costs and utilization continue to rise, individuals facing physical, mental, or behavioral challenges are increasingly dependent on the ability of a family or other informal caregivers to operate competently as formal health care providers.
1/27/2021 03:53:58 pm
Caregivers, due to the nature of their work, also experience challenges on the job. In taking care of patients, caregivers may experience chronic pain (due to musculoskeletal disorders), fatigue, sleep deprivation, depression, anxiety, mental stress, poor work-life balance, and financial issues, all of which could result in injuries, illnesses, time off work, drug or alcohol abuse, or worse, death.
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