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
Caregiving: It's a Marathon Not a Sprint
When one takes up the caregiving torch they do not always realize the marathon that they are about to run. Today we want the quick fix and to get better faster. Unfortunately, this is not always possible, especially when caring for an elderly loved one.
Many times caregivers do not even realize that they are in fact giving care. They feel it is just helping mom with laundry or checking to see if dad has taken his medications. Other times its setting out what your husband should wear for the day or helping your wife with their nightly bath.
Almost like a thief in the night, the amount of time and effort given to caring for a loved one begins to increase and with it so can stress related to being depended upon for that care. Most caregivers provide out of love and respect for their loved one. They do it selflessly and without thought to themselves.
Unfortunately, this mindset can lead down a slippery slope that caregivers must be mindful as they run mile after mile. If you or someone you know is a caregiver it's important to watch for some of the symptoms of caregiver burnout.
Short Fuse: Do you lose your temper easily or feel anger toward your loved one? Are you more irritable and find yourself snapping at those you love?
Emotional Outbursts: Do you cry for no reason or experience feelings of despair? Do you experience significant mood swings? Do you feel depressed?
Sleep Problems: Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep? When you wake up are you tired?
Significant Weight Change: Have you gained or lost weight recently? Is this a conscious effort?
Lethargy: Have you lost your motivation? Do you feel sluggish? Are you able to read or concentrate?
Physical Ailments: Does your head often hurt? Are you getting minor illnesses like the flu or colds on a more regular basis? Does your back hurt or are you in chronic pain? Has your blood pressure increased?
Social Isolation: Other than your loved one, do you sometimes go an entire day without seeing anyone from the outside world? Do you still participate in your normal social activities? When was the last time you had a day to yourself?
Complaints from Family: Does your family call you a "control freak?" Is your family asking when they'll get to see you? Are arguments with your loved one's and other family members escalating?
If you or someone you know begins to exhibit some of the above signs it is important to recognize that they are very common, but that they can be rectified.
There are places that one can turn to for help, such as taking the neighbor up on the offer to cook a meal. If you don't want to be a "burden" contact your County's Aging and Disability Resource Center to get a listing of agencies that can provide services in your area to aid in your caregiving journey.
In addition, the option of respite care can be done at any time and in the comfort of your loved one's home or at an off-site location. This is a wonderful reprieve for the caregiver, as it allows them the opportunity to relax, rejuvenate and come back to the race of caring refreshed and ready to tackle whatever mountain or valley might appear.