Caregiving During the Holidays

The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP revealed 43.5 million caregivers provided unpaid care to an adult or child during the past year. These individuals are typically a child, spouse, neighbor or friend who assist a loved one with daily activities, from meal preparation to house cleaning to grocery shopping. Caregivers bridge the gap between paid caregivers and medical professionals to provide their loved one with the support they need.

Typically, those being cared for have medical conditions that need additional attention, meaning most caregivers also spend time assessing medical needs, driving to and from doctor appointments and monitoring medications.

It is a labor of love to help take the struggle out of daily life for family members, friends, and neighbors who need it, but it can be stressful for those given the task of caring for another. Rolling into November, the holidays are quickly approaching. For many, this time of year is met with joy and positive energy, but for those caregiving, it can be a time of additional physical and emotional stress. However, by keeping a few simple strategies in mind, caregivers can manage juggling their caregiver responsibilities while still soaking up the joy of the season.

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