Caregivers should set up schedule, stay organized

Lisa Wurth

January 6, 2011

Many baby boomers waited until their 30s and 40s to have children and now may still be taking care of their kids while also tending to an ailing parent. This sandwich generation is facing an unprecedented burden and aged care expert Dr. Marion Summers writes in The PoughKeepsie Journal that making a schedule may be one way to reduce stress.

She recommends that caregivers form a plan and stick to it, so they they can keep track of financial responsibilities, doctor appointments and other obligations. One should also remember to dedicate time and resources to personal needs.

Even if it's just for 15 minutes a day, Summers suggests that going for a walk or meditating can go a long way to staying cool and collected .

Caregivers should also try to get their parents involved in community programs that can take away some of the burden. The local senior center or a YMCA can offer valuable programs that are useful to both an adult child and parent.

Those who are looking for some peace of mind may also want to consider investing in an elderly alert system. This device can be installed in a residence so that a senior can use it to send a medical alert to family members in the case of an emergency.