Last Updated on August 15, 2020 by Ellen Christian
My parents were always there for me when I was growing up. I had a fairly wonderful childhood and I knew that no matter how much trouble I managed to get into (and I did), my parents would always be there for me. They didn’t give me everything I asked for but they did give me what I needed. Most of all, they were there to support me as best they could. I know there were many, many times that my parents looked at the things I had done and shook their heads. I know they weren’t impressed with the day I came home with pink hair or the day I crashed the car into a telephone poll. They were, however, always there for me.
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When We Become the Caregivers
What happens when we need to take care of our parents? I am watching my parents go through this right now as they are caring for my Grandmother who is in her 90s. I know that there will come a day when my parents need me. There will be a time when taking care of the yard work or housework is too much for them to handle. There will be a time when they are ill and need a caregiver. What happens when we become the caregivers? I know that I’m going to need a resource for information when that happens because I have no idea how to handle all of the things they’ll need help with.
Thankfully, AARP has a Caregiving Resource Center that has a lot of information for people who are going through this right now. There are a lot of different topics including hiring in home help, dealing with finances and legal matters, and where to find support.
Across the country 42 million people, primarily women, between the ages 40 – 60 are faced with the challenge of providing care to their older loved ones each and every day. They may not know it, but they are caregivers, and they play an extraordinary role in supporting those we love. New research from AARP suggests that caregiving can take a tremendous toll on a caregiver’s personal health and general wellbeing. And yet, many caregivers do not self-identify as such and can be reluctant to ask for help. The campaign aims to connect caregivers to resources, tools and experts at aarp.org/caregiving.
This Father’s Day, vist The Thanks Project, an online platform that enables caregivers to publicly recognize the parents whom they care for. Each individual ‘thanks’ will be integrated into the interactive tapestry, representing the 42 million caregivers in the US. Caregivers everywhere deserve to be recognized for the important work that they do, and Father’s Day remind us why it’s worth it.
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Ellen is a busy mom of a 24-year-old son and 29-year-old daughter. She owns six blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.