Don‚Äôt hide your caregiving issues under a rock. A lot of caregivers downplay their roles. ‚ÄúOh, me, I‚Äôm not a caregiver, I just take my mom to doctor appointments‚Äù. ‚ÄúI help my Aunt go grocery shopping and with housework, I wouldn‚Äôt say I‚Äôm a caregiver‚Äù. But these tasks are part of caregiving. Sure, some caregivers are providing hands on care or handling medical needs of family members, but anytime we take time from our daily lives to help out- that‚Äôs caregiving. So, don‚Äôt hide it under a rock- be proud of your role as a caregiver.
Don‚Äôt hide your concerns about the care of a loved one under a rock either. Or your need for help with their care for that matter. There is help. You can start by reaching out to your County Office on Aging to learn about available programs and services to help you or your loved one. You can find their contact information on our website- http://www.njfoundationforaging.org/services/
You could also contact your local Senior Center to find out what kind of programming they. This could help get your loved one out of the house and give you some respite. Senior Centers are much more than bingo these days! They have classes on everything from computers, to languages, art, exercise and more. Depending on what your town offers, it could be a great way to get involved and stay active. The best way to find your senior center is to call your municipality.
We also feature great, informative content online for both seniors and caregivers. There is our online magazine, Renaissance; our TV program Aging Insights; and this blog!
So, stop hiding under that rock and reach out for information and help! And show us that #agingrocks