16th Annual Caregiver Resource Fair, Dinner, and Town Hall Meeting | November 12, 2018
Save the Date!
The 16th Annual Caregiver Resource Fair, Dinner and Town Hall Meeting is November 12, 2018.
The event will be held at the Florian Gardens, 2340 Lorch Ave, Eau Claire.
Please pre-register by November 5, 2018 by calling the Aging & Disability Resource Center at (715) 839-4735 or online at www.adrcevents.org.
Download the flyer here
Resolutions of a Caregiver
Every January billions of people join together in an effort of epic proportions…making a New Year's resolution. For some it will be to eat better, while others may choose to exercise more. Usually our resolutions center on ways to make ourselves better, but as caregivers, these same resolutions have the ability to enhance not only our lives, but also the lives of those in our care.
Get an early diagnosis, proper diagnosis: whether it be memory loss or physical decline neither are a part of normal aging, so just like cancer it is important to get a proper diagnosis. That way proper treatment and interventions can begin early.
Know what services are available: there are a multitude of services available in our community such as respite care, visiting nurses, meal delivery etc…much of which can be accessed by contacting your county's Aging and Disability Resource Center.
Educate yourself: many times caregivers do not truly understand the ramifications of their loved ones diagnosis or the ways in which to properly care for them. If your loved one is diabetic it is important to be properly trained in giving insulin, as well as what do should there sugar levels go up or down dramatically.
Get help: a caregiver cannot go through this journey alone. It is important to know whom you can call on in an emergency or who you can look to for enhanced support, such as a support group, the Alzheimer's Association's helpline or a friend with a welcoming ear.
Care for yourself first: as a caregiver you are the main person your loved one looks to for help. That is why going to your doctors appointments, eating right and getting plenty of rest is so important. Often caregivers get too run down putting their health in jeopardy and as a result jeopardizing the health of the person they are caring for.
Watch your stress: stress can manifest itself in a variety of ways from affecting your digestion to elevating your blood pressure. It is important that caregivers work on strategies to reduce stress via meditation or something that brings them comfort and joy. If you include your loved one in these exercises, you may find that they benefit as well.
Realize that change happens: just as a loved one will age, so does this mean that their disease may progress. As a result, one day Mom might remember your name and the next have no recall. Realizing that changes will occur and being prepared to make adaptations will help you and your loved one along their journey. In addition, this flexibility will also assist you in making the best decisions for your loved one as their care needs progress.
Organize legal and financial plans: planning ahead is very important in the journey of caregiving. Making sure you and your loved ones powers of attorney for healthcare and finances are in place, as well as having discussions on wills and long-term care planning will reduce the need for hard decisions to be made during stressful situations.
Thank yourself: it is too easy for caregivers to forget all that they do to enhance the lives of those around them. Take a moment to give yourself a pat on the back and please realize that the care you provide makes a tremendous difference.
However, the most important resolution that you need to keep is to continue enjoying your caregiving journey, because in the end you will be enhancing not only your own life, but also the lives of those in your care.