At some point in our lives, nearly all of us will have to come to terms with the idea of caregiving. Whether we’re the ones who need the care or it’s our aging parents who need the care, it can be a confusing and difficult time. How do you broach the subject? When is it the right time? What are the options available? There are just so many questions.
The Facts About Caregiving
The National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP conducted a study on caregiving in 2015. Here are some of their key findings:
- The “typical” caregiver tends to be a 49-year-old woman taking care of a relative.
- The typical higher-hour caregiver (who provides unpaid care for at least 21 hours a week) has been caregiving for an average of 5-1/2 years and expects to continue care for another 5 years.
- The average household income for caregivers is $45,700.
- Approximately one-quarter of caregivers in the U.S. are millennials between the ages of 18 and 34.
If you are considering taking on the role of caregiver for someone else or need care yourself, 9Health Fair is partnering with the AARP to provide insights into caregiving at four 9Health Fair locations. This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered and learn more about the help available to you.
Spring 2016 Caregiving Seminars
April 3: Temple Sinai 9:00am – 10:30am
Caregiving in the Twenty-First Century
April 10: Community College of Aurora 9:30am -10:30am
Called to Companion
We will all serve as caregivers numerous times over the course of a lifetime. And, we will all need care at some point in time. So, there are some questions worthy of consideration. How will you respond to the call to care? Will you (must you) assume full responsibility for care? Or, are you able and/or willing to share the responsibilities of care with other family members, friends, or caregiving professionals? When called to companion, it’s important to know that there are alternatives to flying solo – collaborative approaches to care that are beneficial for the caregiver and care receiver.
April 16: Sky Ridge 8:30am – 9:30am
Plan Well to Age Well
No doubt, you have planned vacations, parties, and holidays. Furthermore, we’re encouraged to plan for things such as the educational needs of our children, our retirement, and final arrangements. But, how many of us have planned to age well? Quite often, our aversion to death and to the aging process causes us to ignore the need for planning related to our inevitable physical and cognitive decline-advance care planning.
April 16: Red Rocks 11:30am – 12:30pm
Hospice and Palliative Care: FEAR NOT!
Contrary to popular belief, hospice is not a four-letter word nor is it something to be feared. Hospice -a type of palliative care (specialized medical care for those with serious illnesses) – is a philosophy and model of health care designed to serve persons in compassionate, life-giving ways. So why does the word cause such angst and trepidation for patients and families? More often than not, our reactions are rooted in a lack of knowledge, fear of death, denial and avoidance.
While attending any of these seminars, don’t forget to participate in our health screenings as well. You can’t take care of others if you aren’t taking care of yourself!