Man, I’m a caregiver!

Posted on 18th December, by Jarro. 3 Comments

Typically, when most people think of a caregiver, they picture a woman. An elder’s care-giver? The daughter, of course. However, when I was looking for caregivers to interview for “Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories,” I kept stumbling on caregiving men. My final percentage of male to female caregivers turned out to be one in four. It was not a scientific choice; rather an aesthetic one. It worked …(Read More)

Should we move Mom and Dad back home?

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To move or not to move? That is the (perennial) question. Mom and Dad retired and joined friends who moved from the cold north winters to warm, dry Arizona. They were healthy and had a good life. That was twenty years ago. Now, Mom is getting frail, and Dad has heart problems.

The “kids,” Sally and Lance, still live up north – Sally in Minnesota and Lance in Wisconsin. They would …(Read More)

There’s a hole in my soul

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A study from New York University, found that caregivers are twice as likely as non-caregivers to report physical and mental health complications. One in three caregivers uses medication for caregiving-related health problems and depression among caregivers is three times greater than for non-caregivers in their age group.

Another study compared the healing process of caregivers and non-caregivers. Caregivers and non-caregivers were given identical wounds. Caregiver’s wounds took up to 24% longer …(Read More)