November is National Caregivers Month.
There is a website dedicated to caregivers. Check it out at CaregiverAction.org.
More and more youth are providing care for elderly or disabled loved ones. American Association of Caregiving Youth supports these youngsters and provides a wonderful monthly enewsletter for them.
We found these tips from AARP for juggling work and caregiving very helpful.
- When friends and family offer to help, take them up on it. They can even help with the tasks of your life, freeing you up to do the work and caregiving tasks only you can do.
- Sustain your professional identity. Your competence at work can boost your confidence levels for caregiving – and work can be a respite from caregiving.
- Lean on other caregivers in person or virtually.
- Make sleep a top priority. Sleep deprivation robs us of our ability to cope.
- When you’re exhausted, find motivation by remembering why you’re caregiving: love, a sense of responsibility or the desire to do the right thing or give back.
Get a free caregiving book entitled “Juggling Work and Caregiving” by Amy Goyer go to www.aarp.org/CaregivingBook