10 Tips for Family Caregivers
November 3, 2017
In 1997 President Clinton signed the first National Family Caregivers Month Presidential Proclamation and every president since has followed suit by issuing an annual proclamation recognizing and honoring family caregivers each November.
As our loved ones age, it’s important that the care given to them is healthy and constructive. It is also important to recognize how important a job the caregiver has.
Here are ten tips for family caregivers:
- Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone!
- Take care of your own health so that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one.
- Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you.
- Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors.
- Caregiving is hard work so take respite breaks
- Watch out for signs of depression and don’t delay getting professional help when you need it.
- Be open to new technologies that can help you care for your loved one.
- Organize medical information so it’s up to date and easy to find.
- Make sure legal documents are in order.
- Give yourself credit for doing the best you can in one of the toughest jobs there is!
In the addiction world, we often see the elderly turn to gambling as they age. It is important to understand that the elderly are in a higher risk pool as it pertains to developing a gambling addiction.
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