CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Our series on caring for your aging parent or loved one is winding down, and today we are focusing on the caregiver and how important it is for them to care for themselves. Alan Popp, President, Colony Care at Home, Grace Barone, Director of Community Relations at Orchard Valley in Wilbraham, and Dr. Rebecca Starr, Geriatrician, Baystate Medical Center joined us to share resources and advice.
Dealing with Caregiver Stress
1. Put your physical needs first
2. Connect with friends
3. Ask for help
4. Call on community resources
5. Take a break
6. Deal with your feelings
7. Find time to relax
8. Get organized
9. Just say no
10. Stay positive
Caregiving How To’s
Understanding The Problem
As much as possible, the older person and the whole family need to be involved in problem-solving.
Emphasize the positive parts of caregiving
Four COPE problem-solving steps:
Creativity by looking for new ways to solve problems
Optimism by having positive expectations for achieving your goals
Planning by thinking about the steps you can take to reach your goals
Expert Information by asking for guidance from health professionals as well as people who have dealt with similar problems in the past.
For more information visit HealthinAging.org