According to a study by MetLife, nearly 10 million people over 50 care for their aging parents. The care giving often falls to one sibling and sometimes this creates problems with their brothers and sisters who may not understand the full amount of time and effort the caregiver is expending.
Boomer family member caregivers often have a nightmare job including making sure their aging parent or grandparent is easting right, taking meds and in general is staying physically and mentally healthy. In most cases there is also responsibility for housekeeping, grocery shopping, and meal planning as well as watching finances, writing checks and making sure no scams are being perpetrated.
Where can overwhelmed caregivers turn for help?
Lotsa Helping Hands is an online calendar that enables friends and family to sign up for tasks that provide respite for the caregiver, including meal preparation, rides to medical appointments, visits and more. It also provides message boards, photo sharing and storage for health, financial and legal information.
10 Caregiving Lessons
From Bettyville by George Hodgman
Observations of Derek Dunham
Hodgman persevered in his journey of caring for his mother as she dealt with dementia, and his experience inspires some valuable lessons about caregiving.
As you can see by the chart below, as boomers age there will be a need for more and more caregivers