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The elderly are living longer and their caregivers are getting older.
It is estimated that 19% of the nation’s unpaid family caregivers are 65 and older according to the 2020 Caregiving in the U.S. report by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. Caregiving can be very challenging for anyone, but especially so for older caregivers who may be dealing with their own health issues, like arthritis and recuperation from surgeries. In fact, many find themselves providing physically demanding care to their parents who are very likely in their 90s.
What Caregivers Need to Know
Once you are dealing with the pressures of caregiving it’s hard to find time to make a plan. If you expect to become a caregiver or expect your current caregiving duties to increase, do your research now. Talk with doctors and nurses about what will be expected of you. Make a plan that is manageable and provides time for your own care and responsibilities.
2.MMYou Are Not Alone
While caregiving is rewarding it is also demanding. Too many caregivers become so overwhelmed they forget to seek help. Even if family members or friends are unwilling there are organizations like VNANNJ with special services for caregivers.
For assistance with caregiving duties through programs such as In-Home Caregiver Education and Support, House Calls For Groceries, Friendly Visitors, and others offered by Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey, visit: VNANNJ Caregiver Support.
And for more information about being a family caregiver, visit: AARP Caregiving Care Guides.
Get to know Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey (VNA) now, and all the home health services available to you and your loved ones, before you have a health emergency. We are proud to be the longest-serving VNA in the state of New Jersey, so we know a thing or two about helping seniors.
The Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey (VNA) is a leading provider of comprehensive home health care services in Morris, Hunterdon, Sussex, and Warren Counties in Northern New Jersey. Established in 1898, generations have known that just one call to VNA opens the door to quality, patient-centered home health care solutions that allow patients to remain in the comfort of their homes with dignity, health, and independence.