Adjusting to a New Family Role

This is a sponsored post by AARP. I am the caregiver of my elderly mother, the mother of two daughters aged 14 and 26, and am now a soon to be grandmother. Adjusting to a new family role as a grandmother is a delightful and moving experience. Since I learned the news, it’s been one of the main focuses in my life. Because of the big age difference between my daughters, going through very different experiences with them at the same time is the norm. Becoming the caregiver of my aunt (now deceased) and my mom was unexpected. I guess it’s easier to keep your head in the sand than to accept … [Read more...]

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Care for the Caregiver: Staying Healthy

Putting care for the caregiver at the top of the list of priorities is a much studied topic. When a caregiver stays healthy, the family member is more likely to be well cared for - simple logic, but not as easy as it seems. Caregivers deal with stress, which can cause a myriad of health problems. Caregivers had a 23 percent higher level of stress hormones and a 15 percent lower level of antibody responses than non-caregivers. Over time, elevated stress hormones can lead to high blood pressure and glucose levels, increasing the risk of hypertension and diabetes. Poorer immune response can … [Read more...]

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