Am I a Caregiver?

The Transition to Caregiver Can Happen So Quickly. Here's What to Know.
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Am I a Caregiver?

If you are here, let’s face it! You’re probably a caregiver. One way to gage if you are a caregiver: If you know the person you are helping could not do for themselves what you do for them, you are a caregiver.

It can happen so gradually – you set up a new phone for your mom, pick up a few groceries for your neighbor, drive dad to the doctor – and before you know it, you know it, you are fully engaged in how to make someone’s life happier, healthier and safer. You have become one of the more than 40 million people who form the community of caregivers in the U.S. that we call caregiver heroes.

…more than 40 million people form the community of caregivers in the U.S.

As parents and other loved ones age, caregiving duties may progress into addressing health issues, medication management, financial matters, memory loss, deterioration of sight, hearing and physical capabilities, mobility, mood and facing the inevitable. You may be asked to do things you would have never believed you could. You may surprise yourself by what you can do when the weight of the world is on your shoulders. More importantly, you’ll know in your heart you’ve made someone’s world better just by being there. Here are a few tips from other caregivers.

Laugh daily
Look in the mirror… and smile!
Ask for help, and accept help

As you go through your journey of leaping tall buildings and lassoing the truth, don’t forget that you can’t care for someone else if you are not caring for yourself. Let your next good read be about how to care for the caregiver.

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