According to caregiver.org "there are an estimated 44 million Americans age 18 and older providing unpaid assistance to older people and adults with disabilities who live in the community." With the massive baby boomer generation at or entering the golden years the aforementioned numbers will only increase. As a result the importance of care givers in our society will increase.
Unfortunately many caregivers are untrained, uninformed and have limited resources to turn to. In most situations little thought is put forth and caregivers just act. It is a life changing decision to care for someone else. Health problems for caregivers have been noted to arise emotionally, mentally, and physically.
Tips for caregivers:
One of the most important things caregivers must do is remember to take care of themselves as well.
Look out for signs of depression and anxiety and seek professional help if necessary.
Activities such as Yoga can placate some emotional, mental, and physical hardships.
Education and knowledge, know what disabilities and or conditions you are dealing with.
Then be proactive in order to prevent problems and issues before they occur. Learn to effectively communicate with doctors and therapists, effective communication can go a long way.
Seek help from other caregivers and be open to help when it comes. Be open to new technologies that can improve both of your lives.
Get involved in the community, be an activist. Keep up on proposed laws and know your rights.