Caregiver Sacrifice

  • Not Everyone Is Cut Out to Be a Caregiver

    The decision of whether to become a caregiver for an ill loved one is difficult to say the least. It’s important to understand that even those who want to help may not have the resources, abilities or desire needed to take on daily hands-on care.

  • The Financial Costs of Caregiving

    Caregivers should think twice before quitting a job. When caregivers cut their hours or quit their jobs to take care of elderly parents, their own pension benefits, Social Security contributions and retirement savings are impacted.

  • 5 Questions to Determine the Impact of Caregiving

    Many of us dive into caregiving with full hearts and little forethought. Doing some honest soul searching can help you sort out your priorities, set goals for your loved one’s care and establish your own boundaries.

  • The Sacrifices of Caregiving

    Becoming a caregiver causes a major life shift. Many caregivers not only struggle with tough care decisions, but they also grapple with how to handle resentment over being stuck in a situation that seems to leave them few choices.

  • How to Identify and Minimize Caregiver Burden

    As a family caregiver, do you know how stressed out you truly are? Answer a few questions to determine your level of caregiver burden and find resources that can help reduce the strain of caring for an aging loved one.

  • Supportive Services Can Help Caregivers Find a Middle Ground

    Caring for a loved one doesn't have to be an "all or nothing" situation. Discover the services and options available to alleviate some of your daily caregiving responsibilities.

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  • How to Keep Your Career Skills Sharp While Caregiving

    Many caregivers find themselves abandoning prosperous careers to take care of their elderly loved ones. But being a caregiver doesn't mean you have to give up on your career.

  • Should You Quit Your Job to Care for Your Elderly Parent?

    As parents age and need more assistance, most adult children do what they can to help. But, when Mom or Dad’s needs exceed your availability, should you give up work to care for your elderly parents?

  • 10 Ways to Prevent Caregiver Depression

    A family caregiver’s risk for experiencing depression is 30 times greater than that of a non-caregiver. Use these tools to combat depression and find a treatment plan that is right for you.

  • The Working Caregiver: Issues Faced With Caregiving While Employed

    Having a career and being a full-time caregiver creates many obstacles. When an aging parent needs help at home, talk to your employer about options available to you. Local resources may lessen the stress and complication for you as a working caregiver.

  • On Being a Burden: Relationships and Family Caregivers

    I frequently think about what the future holds for Marja and me. I am afraid of one day becoming a burden on my family, but I actively try to focus on the present instead of the unknown.

  • 5 Ways to Overcome Mid-Life Regret

    Caregivers can be hit especially hard by mid-life regret because of the life-altering decisions they have to make, both for themselves and their loved ones.

  • How Caregivers Cope With Alzheimer’s Behaviors

    People with Alzheimer's can act inappropriately due to the anxiety and frustration brought on by their disease. A recent survey shows caregivers find it trickier to manage their loved one's behavioral problems than cognitive issues, like memory loss.

  • Discussing Caregiving with Your Boss

    When you add the title "full-time employee" to caregiving duties, it can be overwhelming. How do you balance the care needs of an aging loved one and make sure there is a regular paycheck to help your own finances?

  • What’s OK and What’s Not OK When You Are a Caregiver

    Managing stress while caregiving is a hard thing to do and most family caregivers are afraid to ask for help. Here's a caregiving expert's take on what new caregivers should know when you feel the stress of being a caregiver.

  • Caregivers Giving More to Society but Getting Less

    Family members who are caring for elderly loved ones are contributing more unpaid labor to society than two years ago, and that's straining families to the breaking point, according to a new report from AARP.

  • How to Say 'No' to Caregiving

    How can caregivers set limits without feeling guilty? Where do you draw a line and say "I can do this much and no more"? How do you say 'no' to caregiving?

  • How to Stay Sane During the Holidays as a Sandwich Generation Caregiver

    For the sandwich generation, the holiday season can be more stressful than joyful, especially when everyone is looking to you for goodies, gifts, entertainment and care. Use these pointers to balance caregiving, family and holiday traditions.

  • Family Caregivers Bear the Burden of High Elder Care Costs

    A survey of family caregivers shows that the costs of caring for aging parents has a significant financial impact that could derail everyday budgeting and retirement planning for adult children.

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