Caregivers, do you look for help online? Here's a caregiver resource we've come across that gives caregivers an opportunity to reflect and share. http://www.caregiving.com/ articles/blogged/community-caregiving-journal/. Like our "Caring Reflections" below, some of the content is heartwarming, some is light hearted and much of it resonates with caregivers we know. If knowing about more online resources would be helpful to you, please contact Colleen at DARTS (651 234 2222) and we'll compile a list.
Caregiver information you might find helpful:
Please plan to join us on Wednesday, Feb. 6. If you are a caregiver for an older adult, please plan to join us for a light dinner and conversation from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Tilden Community Center. Please RSVP by Jan. 31 to 651 480-7670 so we can plan dinner.
If you would like information about Advance Care Directives or help completing one with your loved one, contact Rev. Peter Morlock, Advanced Care planning chaplain at Regina Medical Center. He can be reached by calling 651-480-4587.
One caregiver's reflections on caring for older loved ones:
Caring Reflections / It's All about Me
Have annual physical. Check. Get teeth cleaned. Check. Schedule mammogram. Check.
For now, the appointments are all about me.
Research has shown that caregivers are notorious for delaying or ignoring preventive health care, and they often don't follow through very well on the basics we all know so well--exercising regularly, eating good food, and getting enough sleep. I'm starting to understand how that happens.
I easily convince myself that between work demands and helping my parents, I'm way too busy to squeeze in a nice long walk or a trip to the market for the makings of a healthy meal. Keeping the focus on the people I care for becomes a habit, and my own health care priorities, like eye exams and flu shots, drift. As the days slip by, the drive for self-care fades further and further into the background, until even the "I should" voice stops nagging.
I was starting to notice that sneaking up on me, so I took out my trusty calendar and got those medical appointments on the books. Pat on the back. Check. Now about that regular exercise...
(Editor's note: Beth's complete online journal can be found at: http://www.darts1. org/blog/caring-reflections.
For a resource guide for service providers who can help in your caregiver journey, please stop by the Hastings Senior Center in the Tilden Community Center, or go online to: http://www.darts1.org/dakota-county-eldercare-resources.
If you would like to submit a question or concern about your own caregiving experience, and get direct, one-to-one information and advice from a licensed social worker and eldercare advisor, please visit: http://www.darts1.org/online-caregiving-advisor or call 651 455 1560.
This section of the Star Gazette is a resource for family and friends helping an older adult. We hope you find this section useful, and if you have any comments or suggestions, we would love to hear them. Please contact Colleen Fritsch at DARTS, 651-234-2222.