Seaside Walk in Wales for a Moment of Stress Relief

As summer slips away it is time to savor the late afternoon sun and the golden hue it casts over the world. This week's photo was taken along the southern coast of Wales in Tenby, Pembrokeshire. Caregiverlisinvites you to enjoy the photo and share it with loved ones. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for caring for our seniors. Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Senior care training assists caregivers to better manage a senior's care needs and manage caregiver stress. Have a great week. 

"Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.

Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it."  -Michael Jordan

Daughters More Likely to Care for Aging Parents

“When am I coming to live with you?” she asks almost every time I see her. My elderly mother lives alone and as days pass, it’s becoming apparent that she will soon need more help with her activities of daily living. She refuses to think of moving to assisted living and doesn’t want a “stranger” or a professional caregiver in her home. But a high second floor, and its myriad of stairs, is not elder-friendly. When I ask if she’d entertain the thought of living with my brother, in his one-story house, she looks at me as if I’d grown horns. No, she tells me, I’m the only one she would live with because, after all, I’m her daughter.

A recent study presented at the American Sociological Association's 109th Annual Meeting shows that female siblings are more likely to provide the lion’s share of elder caregiving in the family.

Study author Angelina Grigoryeva, doctoral candidate at Princeton University's Office of Population Research, analyzed data from the 2004 Health and Retirement Survey (HRS) survey of more than 26,000 Americans over the age of 50. The detailed questionnaire asked older Americans which tasks they need help completing, who helps them, and the length of time each person administered help.

The study showed that daughters average 12.3 hours of senior care each month, while sons provide only 5.3 hours.

"In other words," says Ms. Grigoryeva, "daughters spend twice as much time, or almost 7 more hours each month, providing care to elderly parents than sons." And it doesn’t matter if the daughters have their own children to care for, or have employment outside the home. According to Ms. Grigoryeva, daughters provide as much (care) as they can with given constraints, but sons provide less (care) regardless of constraints.

This finding is significant in many ways. First, it shows that while gender equality may be making strides in the workforce and with childcare, inequality is alive and well when it comes to eldercare. And because of the time demands of senior care, woman can suffer in their career opportunities and earnings. Caregivers endure financial burdens, as many caregiving costs are paid for out-of-pocket.

Caregiver health can suffer as well, due to caregiver stress. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, caregivers struggle finding time for themselves, managing physical and emotional stress, and balancing family and work obligations. The stress has also been shown to result in a higher mortality rate.

So what’s the answer? How do we begin to change the societal view of women as primary caregivers? While sons tend to provide care in the way of physical activities, such as home maintenance, daughters are relied upon to provide emotional and more personal care. What can we do to make the level of care provided more equitable between siblings?

Relaxing Moment Boating by the Palace in London

This week's Stress Relief Photo takes us back to London, England, to the pond near Kensington Palace. People are enjoying a weekend morning with their boats and the beauty of the park. As many of are together with friends and family this Labor Day weekend, remember to savor that time. Enjoy the photo and feel free to share it with loved ones. Thank you caregivers, for all you do. More caregivers are always needed as seniors in America are living longer. You can learn more about becoming a senior caregiver and apply for a job near you. As summer fades away, we hope you enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend. 
 

"Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections."  -Unknown

Adirondack Serenity: Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Unspoiled and clean mountain air is good for the soul. This week's photo takes us to the beautiful Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.  It is a place to truly get away from it all. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment to enjoy the photo and inspirational quote, and relieve a bit of the stress that we know is a reality. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for caring for our seniors and please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools. Have a great week.

"Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind."  -Amit Ray

 

Cool Moment in the Garden: Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

In the heat of summer, the cool shade in a lush garden are inviting and relaxing.  This week's photo was taken in Kew Gardens, London, England. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment to enjoy the photo and inspirational quote.  August is often a time when things slow down, and we can take some time to sit back. We understand the realities of caregiver stress. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for caring for our seniors. Senior care training assists caregivers to better manage a senior's care needs and manage caregiver stress.  Have a great week. 
 

"Hope is the thing with feathers.  That perches in the soul.  And sings the tune without the words.  And never stops at all."  - Emily Dickinson

 

Timeful App Managers Caregiver Schedules, Suggests Times for Tasks: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Senior caregivers lead busy lives between their caregiving duties, children or loved ones they need to care for in their own lives and personal errands. The Timeful app allows users to enter the times of their set tasks, such as work or appointments, into the calendar and then suggests times for the flexible tasks, such as making a phone call or answering e-mails. 

Especially for caregivers who may not work the same hours every week or need to keep track of their senior clients' appointments in additional to personal appointments, scheduling can quickly become complicated. Having a well organized calendar that incorporates appointments and tasks helps relieve caregiver stress because there's less of a chance of forgetting to do something. 

The Timeful app first syncs with all existing calendars on your phone, so if you have a calendar in place through Google calendar or another platform, it will pull all of your appointments from there. Then it asks which one time tasks you would like to accomplish during the day, and it allows you to drag and drop them into the daily calendar around what's already scheduled. 

Caregivers who work varying schedules can enter in their work hours and any other standing personal appointments during a given week, and then select the option offered by the app to exercise three times per week. As a reoccurring feature, each week the app will suggest three times for you to spend a half an hour exercising to keep up with your goal. It also displays all day events at the top of the app and allows you to put a check mark next to tasks once you complete them. 

The Timeful app is available for Apple platforms.

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

 

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week: Gateway to the Scottish Highlands

Taking time to reflect and relieve our stress is important for all of us.  This week's photo was taken at Gleneagles golf course in Perthshire, Scotland.  It is beautiful place even if you do not play golf. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. Please enjoy and feel free to share this photo with friends and family.  Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for caring for our seniors.   We can provide resources to help care for the caregiver. Senior care training assists caregivers to better manage a senior's care needs and manage caregiver stress. Have a great week. 
  

"Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop."  -Ovid

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week: Summer on Lake Michigan

How calm, beautiful and relaxing the water can be.  Caregivers provide companionship to seniors, and caregivers must remember to "care for the caregiver."  This week's photo was taken along Lake Michigan in Wisconsin this summer. Take a moment to breathe deeply and let the stress fade away. Please enjoy and feel free to share this photo and inspirational quote with your loved ones. Caregivers know the realities of caregiver stress, and we can help you relieve that stress. Thank you for all you do, and have a great week. 

"A diamond is a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well."  -Unknown

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week: Misty English Morning

Hopefully you were able to enjoy a fun and festive holiday with your friends and family.  Caregivers can take time to relax and we invite you to take a moment to yourself with this week's photo.  It was taken in Oxfordshire, England on a morning walk, just as the mist was starting to lift and signaling the beginning of a beautiful day. Thank you, caregivers and certified nursing aides for all that you do for your our seniors. More caregivers are always needed as seniors in America are living longer. You can learn more about becoming a senior caregiver and apply for a job near you. Have a great week. 

"There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter."   -Rachel Carson 

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. This week's photo takes us back to England, and St. Ives in Cornwall, at the start of a beautiful day. Feel free to share this photo with your loved ones. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for caring for our seniors and please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools. Have a great week, and enjoy the holiday with your friends and family.

"My body needs laughter as much as it needs tears.  Both are cleansers of stress."                    -Mahogany SilverRain

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