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Helping the caregiver - A series for those caring for their aging family

Updated on October 14, 2011
Series to help cargiver with elderly family member
Series to help cargiver with elderly family member

Introduction

As I am getting older I am noticing a number of my friends have become caretakers for their parents. They are either caring for one parent or both. It can be a seemingly thankless job as they daily deal with the challenges of their loved ones failing health. Watching their parents whom took care of them when they were children now physically become as a child is painful. Many times the loved one dealing with the powerlessness of their age and ailments lash out at their caregiver causing even more pain.

The at home family caregiver has become an increasing situation. With the rising cost of nursing care and the shortage of insurance dollars for home health aides, children of aging parents have found themselves in situations of being their parents primary caregivers.

Now there was a time when this was the norm. For generations before there were hospitals and nursing institutions, families would share the responsibility of caring for their aging parents. Many cultures have gotten away from this and have forgotten the ways of loving the ones who loved us first.

I hear the stories and listen to my friends vent their frustrations about their challenges to do the best they can. I do what I can to help within my limited abilities. I take note of their successes for future reference for when my parents who are now in their sixties may need my full time care.

All this has made me think though. Why wait for that time when perhaps there is more I can do now? This has led me to a quest for information. I began looking for things that will not only help the aging parents but the quality of life for the caregiver.

I found a lot of information and I will share what I found a series of twenty articles. I hope you will find them useful and share the information with your friends and family who are dealing with being a caregiver of the elderly.

I hope I can help with bits of information but also with some humor. It’s not a funny responsibility but we can put some fun of a serious responsibility.

Check out the first of my series – What to do when parents come home to live.

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      Carlon Michelle 5 years ago from USA

      You're welcome manthy. Thanks for your votes and as always your support! Smile!

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      Mark 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Thanks Carlon - I look forward to reading the articles.

      Voted up and awesome ;0)

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      Carlon Michelle 5 years ago from USA

      I'm glad you enjoyed it whizzer. I will check your articles out as well.

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      whizzer 5 years ago from Ireland

      This is an important subject and one that doesn't get much coverage, so well done for that! All you say is true and I look forward to your articles. I have a series of hubs on Fall Prevention for Older People which you may find helpful.

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      Carlon Michelle 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for your comment Carol. I totally understand. No matter how much help the future is always staring you in the face as you care for the current crises. All my love you you all. I'm so glad you all are there for each other.

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      Carolyn Sands 5 years ago from Hollywood Florida

      I understand this situatiion all to well. I am a caregiver for my mom. However, I am lucky because i have 3 sisters who are helping out as well. We take turns giving her the personal care she needs. But even with the 4 of us taking terns, the situation is still very stressful for all of us.