In fact, nearly 50 percent of adults between the ages of 35 and 55 fall into this category with 15 percent providing financial support at both ends. Caused by a “perfect storm” of an aging population, increased life expectancy and the challenges of financial independence facing today’s young adults, the trend is expected to continue.
Read on to learn three things you can do to counteract stress and overcome the challenges of membership in this not-so-exclusive "club".
1. Talk It Out
Keep the lines of communication open between all parties by designating a family meeting to help set expectations. While you may be the primary caregiver, there’s no reason others can’t pitch in to help. Don’t think of it as passing along your burden: caring for a loved one can be extremely rewarding when responsibilities are manageable. Also, make sure all parties have the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings during this meeting.
If you can't find a program that’s a good fit for you, the Internet offers a valuable forum for social interaction and sharing information. You aren't alone, and the Internet offers the chance to connect with millions of people who understand your challenges.
And don’t be afraid to call on family members and friends: they can’t help you if they don’t know what you need.
Challenges and stress are a natural part of caregiving, but there are ways to lighten your load without shirking your responsibilities.
Open lines of communication -- between all parties -- are critical to understanding each other’s needs.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
Schedule beneficial “me time” every day to recharge.
About Marissa Salvesen
My journey into the world of senior living began when I started working for United Methodist Homes in 2010. Starting as an Activities Director at one of our-winning assisted and independent living communities and then transitioning to Marketing and Promotions Manager for UMH, I now work as the Manager of Mission Development, fostering the Mission and Values of our organization. I love sharing stories about the many ways we build meaningful relationships and enrich the lives of those we serve, and am proud to be part of building UMH’s 140-year legacy of caring. Wondering what makes our communities such special places to live and work? Connect with me and find out!
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