Many people are currently taking care of aging relatives, in addition to raising children and holding down jobs. AARP reports that in 2009, more than 61 million adults spent at least a portion of the year caring for aging or disabled relatives. Most family caregivers claim that they do not mind the added responsibility, but the job can often be stressful and overwhelming.
It is important for caregivers to take care of themselves as well, and there are many different communities and organizations throughout the country that exist to help this group of people.
Avenidas, a nonprofit senior home care organization in Palo Alto, California, will be holding its Eighth Annual Caregiver Conference on August 20. The conference opens with a speech by Patrick Arbore from the Institute on Aging about burnout and fatigue. There will be other presentations about caregiving, how to talk to seniors about important decisions and using the internet for assistance.
A senior medical alert can give caregivers peace of mind that their older relatives will be protected while they take time for themselves, whether they are attending conferences, meeting with support groups or just taking a day off.