Support for Professional

Caregivers and Those You Serve

 

Dear <#LEAD_FIRST_NAME#>:

How many of you consider yourselves to be an asset? As you age do you become an asset or an ass(umption)?

 

The theme of this newsletter is about not only seeing yourself as an asset, it’s also about the likelihood that you may become a caregiver, and about planning for the days after you retire. We all dream about retiring. Few plan for the unexpected kinks that come our way even though we see these events occur to our clients which poses the question, when you slow down do you die?

 

If you are an industry professional, it’s likely that you experience challenging family situations each day whether you work with older adults, their children, or other family members. The below articles from The Caring Generation® Library will benefit your clients and will help you support families in caregiving situations.

 

Please share these articles with colleagues, your clients, and others.

In this newsletter are three articles to share with other caregivers you know:


If you are a caregiver looking for a single source of information, my book,  The Caregiving Trap: Solutions for Life's Unexpected Changes offers helpful advice and recommendations.

 

Articles in this newsletter are posted in The Caring Generation® Library. Access to the articles expires in 30 days. You can join the library for free, it’s just like having a library card, to access these and many other articles, videos, and podcasts.

 

If The Care Navigator has been of assistance to you, we sincerely appreciate other individuals and caregivers you send to us for assistance. We do our best to make sure that your confidence in us is returned. Please email me at [email protected] or call me (303) 810-1816 if you have questions about how The Care Navigator might assist you or those you know.  You may also review our list of Frequently Asked Questions. 

 

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Me and my staff look forward to being of services. The Care Navigator office may be reached at 720-726-3111.
 
Pamela D. Wilson, The Care Navigator

 

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Caregiving: Becoming an Asset versus an Ass(umption)

By Pamela D. Wilson, CSA, MS, BS/BA, CG

            “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” Albert Einstein

Caregivers—are you moving forward or backward? If you maintain your present daily habits what will your physical and mental health, and general well-being look line in one year, three years, five years? Do you think about the future or focus only on the present?  Will you be an asset or a liability to your loved ones?  Will you become a care recipient?

Time passes quickly and catches up with all of us. Did you plan to be a caregiver for your parent or loved one? It’s likely your parent assumed that you would provide care and support. Surprise! My guess is that mom or dad didn’t ask, and here you are—a caregiver for a parent or another loved one feeling guilty or even angry that your parent expects more than you can offer.

Caregivers score low when prioritizing their own needs. Caregivers include not only family such as husbands and wives, or brothers and sisters, but also professional caregivers who provide services. Professional caregivers are attorneys, CPAs, physicians, other medical professionals, care community staff, hospital staff, in-home caregivers, and a long list of other individuals who support family caregivers and care recipients. 

It’s a common belief that we live in a protected bubble where we will live happily forever after until some surprising event occurs to deliver a dose of reality. Based on my experience, life rarely has a fairytale ending. There is hope for a better outcome if we choose to plan for the future and be realistic in considering the inevitable.

I have a colleague who changed his career to become a financial planner. His perspective is that we are all a very important asset—to someone—and that we must plan for and protect this asset (ourselves).

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AnchorImpact of Dementia on the Caregiver: the 3 “R’s” of Support

By Pamela D. Wilson, CSA, MS, BS/BA, CG

        “If only someone else could walk in my shoes and experience what it takes to care for a loved one with dementia. Sometimes I feel like I’m going crazy.”
 
Trying to maintain a normal life is relative when one cares for a person with dementia. “Normal” in dementia may seem to others like living in a state of altered reality. Behaviors resulting from dementia that include paranoia, repetitive actions and statements, aggression, and total disbelief that anything is wrong are challenging and one of the more common causes of stress for caregivers.
 
Family members become frustrated and do not know how to respond when mom or dad pleads, “take me home (from a care community)”, “I’ll do better (don’t move me), I’m a good driver (after multiple car accidents) and the most repeated statement, “I can take care of myself” (when the house floods, food is burned on the stove, a fall occurs, or the parent becomes lost).
 
What is the solution for caregivers thrust into a role for which there is little education? What strategies or plans exist for caregivers of a loved one diagnosed with dementia? Check out the 3 “R’s” of support to recharge your energy and attitude and help you respond to even the most challenging days when you wish you could escape for a few hours or a few days. 

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Retirement: When You Slow Down, You Die

By Pamela D. Wilson, CSA, MS, BS/BA, CG

My Aunt Zos was an amazing woman; full of energy and spunk. She worked in an office doing what— I don’t recall. What I do recall, at my very young age of 5, is that she was always coming and going. She never seemed to stop. She played the piano, danced, attended social events, had many friends, and was brimming with life. Aunt wore pretty dresses. Her hair was always styled. The smell of her perfume was intoxicating. Aunt Zos retired at the age of 65 and died in a time frame that seemed to me like minutes after retirement.
 
We all dream of retiring. For how many is retirement a positive endeavor? Living longer does not mean living well. Statistics warn about the sedentary lifestyle of older adults. Watching television all day isn’t healthy. Neither is sitting at a computer all day.
 
Do you remember the quote, “a mind is a terrible thing to waste,” by Arthur Fletcher former head of the United Negro College Fund? Actor, Jack Nicholson, has a similar quote, “the minute you’re not learning, I believe that you’re dead.”
 
The same might be said for a lack of physical activity which is associated with the risk of developing dementia and other chronic health diagnosis that won’t kill you but certainly make daily life miserable. Fatigue is a frequent symptom of a serious illness that may be undiagnosed.
 
Is there truth in the idea that when we slow down, we die?  Four common measures: walking speed, sit to stand ability, balance, and grip strength are common measurements of physical and health decline as we age. Remaining intellectually engaged supports cognitive health. Remaining physically engaged supports activity and socialization.

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AnchorThe Care Navigator - Frequently Asked Questions:
  • How do I decide if services of the Care Navigator can help me?

Pamela D. Wilson of The Care Navigator offers a FREE 15 minute phone consultation to allow you to present the details of your situation, to ask questions and to determine if The Care Navigator is able to provide support that is a good fit for your situation. The Care Navigator offers as little or as much support as desired -- ranging from a one hour in office consultation to the services of care navigation, care advocacy, care oversight and care coordination, assessments and service as a guardian, power of attorney or personal representative. We tailor our services to meet your needs.

  • What if I don't know the questions I should ask?

The fact that you are asking this question proves that you are aware of the benefits of asking the right questions and the importance of this aspect in arriving at a positive outcome. During the FREE 15 minute phone consultation and throughout our work with you, you will be asked questions to help you understand the complexities of situations so that you become more educated and informed and better able to advocate for your situation.

  • What if my loved one has a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer's disease?

If you have a loved one diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, accessing the services of The Care Navigator is even more important. Understanding the effects of the diagnosis on daily life and making plans for the future are critical to ensure that a loved one's wishes will be fulfilled. Some individuals with dementia experience significant changes in behaviors that threaten or frighten loved ones. Others refuse care. By having a better understanding of the disease process and the options for support you will be able to support needed care for your loved one.

  • How do we decide what support is beneficial?
  • Are you able to work within my budget?

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Wishing you all the best, 

Pamela D. Wilson
The Care Navigator, The Caring Generation, and author of the book, The Caregiving Trap
[email protected]
(303) 810-1816


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