Help for Caregivers

There are more elderly in the United States than ever before. People are living longer and baby boomers began turning 65 in Senior Struggle2011.

The “Baby Boomers” (those born between 1946 and 1964) started turning 65 in 2011, and the number of older people will increase dramatically during the 2010–2030 period. The older population in 2030 is projected to be twice as large as their counterparts in 2000, growing from 35 million to 72 million and representing nearly 20 percent of the total U.S. population. (AgingStats.gov)

What does that mean to us as individuals? More of us are becoming caregivers for aging parents and other loved ones. Whether they are living in their own home, with us, or in an assisted living or nursing home facility, if we are responsible for any part of their care, we are caregivers.
womenI am an only child and served as a caregiver for my parents for about fifteen years. Mom and Dad are both with the Lord now, but it was such a blessing to be able to care for them. However, caregiving also presented many challenges. All of us who are caregivers find ourselves dealing with new emotions, with role reversals, with increasing physical demands and the on-going challenge of making decisions and choices.

I learned that the most important thing to remember is that we are not in this alone—our heavenly Father cares for us and will help us every step along the way if we will allow Him to.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (Philippians 4:6)
And beyond that, we need to be willing to ask others for help: family, friends, our church, support groups, and community agencies. There is a lot of help available.
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone?  A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
I have compiled a list of some of the many places you can explore to find help. Please visit my Caregiving page here. WhetherFamily visiting grandmother in hospital you are caring for aging parents or a spouse or providing care for a younger loved one with special needs, I hope this directory will lead you to the help you are seeking. Although many of the links are to secular services, I believe you will find them helpful. Please email me at karen@FindChristianLinks.com if you come across other useful sites I haven’t listed. And keep checking in—I will be continually adding new caregiver resources as I find them.
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2 thoughts on “Help for Caregivers

  1. This post is so beautiful and so true. I helped care for both of my parents when they had cancer and then my husband with Alzheimer’s disease. Your points are especially important for caregivers to remember when caring for someone with dementia because of how much this type of care requires. Thank you for these reminders.

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