This month we celebrate National Family Caregiver's Month! The National Alliance for Caregiving is partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness and mental health advocates to create a toolkit for people who are caring for someone who has mental illness. The toolkit will cover a range of topics including how take care of yourself, how to find community services, planning for the future and much more.
The toolkit will be shared in a webinar taking place on Tuesday November 21st at 3:00 pm.
Read more about the details and register for the webinar here.
A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents - and Ourselves was written by Jane Gross. Jane unexpectedly found herself in a caregiving role for her eight-five-year-old mother and faced many challenges. As she and her younger brother struggled with costs of senior care, she struggled to adapt in her role as a caregiver. In this book she shares her wisdom and advice through her own journey, and it is an essential guide to caring for aging parents.
Read more about her book here
Caregiver stress is part of the job, the Headspace app helps you check in and relax for a moment. Headspace specializes in meditation and relaxation. Meditation times range from three to twenty minutes and covers a variety of topics. It's great for busy lifestyles and helps maintain a mediation schedule.
Cruising Through Caregiving was written by Jennifer L. FitzPatrick. FitzPatrick has experienced all types of caregiving situations both professionally and personally, and with this book she shares her wisdom and knowledge. She focuses on the balance of being a good caregiver and not loosing yourself into it. Jennifer offers wisdom and personal stories of how she navigates through caregiving waters without sacrificing her own life, health, career and relationships.
Halloween is here and we have a fun, simple activity you can do with your senior clients or family members. You can get creative on what materials to use from around your house, below we have some ideas for you.
- Black Markers or Pens
- White cloth or tissue paper
- Any type of string, yarn o ribbon
- Dry macaroni or any type of pasta
- Cut out a round piece of cloth, or use double tissue paper and place dry pasta in the middle.
- Twist it and tie any type of string around it.
- Draw a face.
- Get creative! Add in arms, ornaments or anything you'd like!
The Spectrum of Hope: An Optimistic and New Approach to Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias was written by neurologist Dr. Gayatri Devi. She has been specializing in dementia and memory loss for over 20 years. With this book she changes the way we look at Alzheimer's disease by defining it as a spectrum disorder. She offers practical advice and wisdom for caregivers and anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease.
Read more about Dr. Gayatri Devi and her book here.
Fall is here and we have the easiest pumpkin pie recipe for you! You can bake it with your client and you'll only need 5 ingredients.
- 2 eggs
- 1 refrigerated rolled pie crust
- 1 can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
- Unroll pie crust (following package instructions) and place it on a 9" pie recipient.
- Mix the pumpkin can, condensed milk, eggs, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a mixing bowl and beat with medium speed until blended, approximately 1 minute.
- Pour mixture into the pie crust.
- Cover pie crust with foil to prevent browning.
- Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 45 minutes longer, until pie is set. Test with knife until it comes out clean.
- Cool for 2 hours.
- Serve with whipped cream if desired!
Where the Light Gets In was written by famous actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley. It tells the story of her mother's illness and how it changed their family. It explores the writer's relationship with her mother and their bond as they deal with a rare form of dementia.
Read more about the book here.
Vote! This is your opportunity to have your voice heard. Remember, anyone working in the senior care industry has indirect support from government program as seniors receive Social Security benefits and Medicare or Medicaid health care insurance.
Register to vote in your voting precinct. Deadlines sometimes exist for registration. Find out how to register in your area. It’s easy!
You may also vote on an absentee ballot ahead of the election if you will not be able to make it to the voting precinct on the day of the election which is usually a Tuesday.
Fun fact for you on why we vote on Tuesdays: back when almost everyone lived on a farm, it sometimes took a full day to travel by horse and buggy to get to the voting place which was usually at the town where the county courthouse was located. As Sunday was the sabbath and Wednesday was market day, Tuesday was chosen.
As most senior caregivers are women, you will also want to consider voting for candidates who support equal pay and other women’s rights.
Most candidates support many different issues which may or may not match with one political party. Find the issue that resonates the most with you and support that candidate in your area.
Medicare and Medicaid are funded by both state and federal dollars and your elected officials in Congress will have a voice in any changes to these programs. You want to research to see how they support or don’t support funding these senior benefits.
Read more about the Ballot Ready app here.
With the elderly population growing each day, the question of who will take care of this generation becomes more pressing. The demand for home care workers is expected to increase each coming year. Statistics rank home care as one of the fastest growing occupations, with demand of about a million workers by the year 2026. Home care agencies are always looking to hire, you can get certified online by visiting caregiverlist.com and apply to jobs in your area.
To learn more about this shortage, read this article from forbes.