Coping With Elder Caregiving A Carebridge Seminar.
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Coping With Elder Caregiving A Carebridge Seminar
Introduction What is Caregiving? What Should Caregivers Know About Stress? Symptoms and Causes of Caregiver’s Stress Strategies for Stress Management What Resources are Available? Questions / Discussion Coping with Elder Caregiving
May be a spouse, son, daughter, neighbor, close friend, or distant relative Provides care out of love, a sense of obligation, or both A Caregiver...
Is a person who is concerned about providing physical, emotional, or financial assistance to an older person A Caregiver...
Makes concessions and personal sacrifices to provide care for another person May have competing responsibilities for children, spouse, and job A Caregiver...
Often interrupts or postpones personal goals because of caregiving responsibilities May experience a wide range of emotions and feelings regarding the caregiving situation A Caregiver...
A reaction to a situation that requires a person to respond or adjust What is Stress?
The release of cortisol – “stress hormone” A physical reaction – blood pressure rises, heart rate increases A signal to the body to be “on alert’ What is Stress?
Some stress is beneficial Prolonged stress can impact on health
Emotional or physical exhaustion Physical problems Sleep disturbances Appetite changes Marital/family problems Conflict among life roles: spouse, employee, parent, caregiver Alcohol or drug misuse Depression Neglect or abuse of older person Symptoms of Prolonged Stress
Viewing as a challenge Acceptance Healthy Reactions Reactions to Stress Adaptability Resourcefulness
Identify your sources of stress Set realistic goals and expectations Establish your limits Ask for and accept help Take care of yourself Involve other people Strategies for Preventing Caregiver Burnout
Know which stresses you can do something about and which ones are beyond your control Change your reaction to things beyond your control STRATEGY 1: Identify Your Sources of Stress
Know your individual situation Try to balance what you think you “should” do to what you can realistically do STRATEGY 2: Set Realistic Goals and Expectations
Try to be objective when you assess your situation rather then be influenced by your emotions Set short-term goals that are specific and can be achieved STRATEGY 2: Set Realistic Goals and Expectations
Learn how to say “no” Communicate to family members and your ill relative about what your limits are STRATEGY 3: Establish Your Limits
Reach out for assistance, this is a sign of strength Be specific about your needs Be positive and flexible STRATEGY 4: Ask For and Accept Help
Express your feelings Maintain your health Take time for yourself Learn stress-coping mechanisms STRATEGY 5: Take Care of Yourself
Hold a family conference Involve professional help, if needed Utilize community resources STRATEGY 6: Involve Other People
Senior Centers Transportation Services Home Health Aides Home-Delivered Meals Personal Emergency Response Systems Adult Day Care Centers Assisted Living Facilities Nursing Homes Community Resources STRATEGY 6: Involve Other People
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