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Feature Resource

How to Hire a Caregiver – AARP
Family caregivers cannot do all things all the time. Recognizing when you need outside help is good for you and your loved one.

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Finding Care

Caregiving While Working – AARP
Six out of 10 Americans are taking care of a loved one age 50 or older. A great many are doing it while also trying to earn a living. If you’re among those doing both, here’s help. 

Balancing Work, Family and Caregiving Responsibilities – ComPsych (login required – available to all LISD employees | LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS)
Managing multiple roles and responsibilities can be challenging. If you are providing caregiving services to an elder or family member while also working and supporting your family, it is understandable to feel stressed. Consider the following information to help you successfully balance your various roles and responsibilities without experiencing burnout…

Signs that an Elderly Loved One May Need Help – ComPsych (login required – available to all LISD employees | LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS)
Changes in physical and mental abilities that may occur with age can sometimes be difficult for family members to detect. To help in determining when an older adult may need assistance, consider these warning signs…

23 Questions to Ask Your Aging Parents – ComPsych (login required – available to all LISD employees | LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS)
As your parents age, it is important to maintain an open dialogue about their needs and wishes. Use the following talking points to guide your discussion…

Elder Care: More Than “Parenting a Parent” – American Psychological Association
A combination of trends is sparking heightened interest in generational issues. For one thing, people are simply living longer due to advances in medicine and preventive health. It’s more common today, as opposed to 50 years ago, to see people live into their 90s and some who face financial difficulty may have to face moving back in with their children. The problem is compounded by the fact that a number of Baby Boomers have waited until well after age 30 to start their families. Many now bear the cost of caring for elderly parents, while simultaneously emptying their bank accounts to cover their children’s college tuition.

Checking in with Elderly Loved Ones – ComPsych (login required – available to all LISD employees | LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS)
Make the most of your visit by taking some private time to discuss the future with your elder. Support and guidance from families can help prevent serious accidents and future health complications…

Caregiver Assistance

A Sibling’s Guide to Caring for Aging Parents – PBS
Caring for an aging parent alone is complicated. When your brothers and sisters are also involved, and when care, medical and financial decisions must be arrived at together as a team, caregiving can become even more complex. Your siblings can be enormously helpful and your best support. But in many families, they can also be a source of stress. No two families are ever alike.

In this column, we’ll talk about how to identify the family dynamics that can impact shared caregiving, ways your siblings can help, how to increase your chances of getting that help, and how to deal with emotions that arise.

Caregiver Stress – ComPsych (login required – available to all LISD employees | LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS)
Caregiver stress is the emotional strain created by having to care for another person. Studies show that caregiving takes a toll on physical and emotional health…

Caregiver Support Options – ComPsych (login required – available to all LISD employees | LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS)
With all of your caregiving responsibilities, you may find it difficult to make time for yourself. However, there are programs and options available to help those caring for their elderly relatives. Use this information to guide you through the many options…

Joy in Caregiving – AARP
As caregivers we are so focused on health care, safety, finances and logistics that we can easily lose sight of quality of life — both for those we care for and for ourselves. Experiencing joy while caregiving isn’t always easy, but I believe it’s more than just a nice thing to do: It’s a crucial survival skill. Every moment of joy fills our tanks a bit so we can keep going. And a little bit of fun can go a long way to relieve stress, motivate, activate and connect — as well as relieve boredom.

Caregiving From a Distance – ComPsych (login required – available to all LISD employees | LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS)
If you have an elder who requires assistance, yet does not live near you, helping out may seem difficult. However, distance does not mean you cannot provide comfort and care for your elder.

My Life as a Caregiver – AARP
Six years ago my siblings and I decided it was time for our parents to live closer to family. So at the ages of 80 and 84, my parents moved from Fort Wayne, Indiana, where I grew up, to Princeton, New Jersey, where I live now. I was relieved to know Mom and Dad were getting out of the house, eating good food and taking the right medications. They adopted a rescue dog, made friends, and I swear they got younger in front of my very eyes.
But the fairy tale that I had written for my parents could not last forever. A year after moving, my father was struck with a life-threatening case of shingles, and the new life they had invented came to a screeching halt.

Elder Health

8 Low Impact Exercises – ComPsych (login required – available to all LISD employees | LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS)
Walking is the one of the most popular low-impact exercises out there and can be done outside or inside. This form of exercise is also gentle on the back…

How Social Connections Keep Seniors Healthy – Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkley
As we age, we tend to shed family and friends—which can hurt our mental and physical health. How can we design communities for seniors that facilitate social connections?

Can Memory Loss Be Prevented? – ComPsych (login required – available to all LISD employees | LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS)
It is normal to forget things once in a while. However, forgetting how to make change, use the telephone or find the way home may be signs of a more serious memory problem…

Diet and Exercise for Seniors – ComPsych (login required – available to all LISD employees | LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS)
You are never too old to make the commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Exercising properly and eating right can prevent disease, improve concentration, boost energy and prevent bone-density loss…