If you have aging parents who need care, you might be wondering if family caregiving is the best option to take care of your loved ones. It’s a tough choice to make — you’re trying to provide the best quality care possible while also balancing you and your family’s needs. Learn more about family caregiving versus professional caregivers for the elders in order to make the best choice for your loved one.
Is it possible to live a longer, healthier life? It’s a question that people have pondered over the years. The good news is that people today are living longer. In the U.S., the average life span is 79 years. About 100 years ago, Americans lived to an average of only 54 years.
For the first time in human history, we have a greater percentage of the global population over age 65 than under the age of 5. While life expectancy based on medical history has thus far been a primary factor in determining potential for longevity, as we move away from traditional institutional care into community/ home-based care, there will be more emphasis on the Five Pillars of Longevity, as they relate to long term care.
Each year thousands of families must make the hard decision about the care of an aging relative. While everyone wants the best care possible for their loved one, many people do not know where to begin. They do not know where to look for help, nor do they understand what caregiver qualities to look for in a caregiver. It is important that families receive sound advice and work with people they can trust throughout this process. So what are the qualities of a good caregiver? Let’s take a look.
Believe it or not, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving, over 44 million people in the U.S. today are providing care for an aging family member instead of utilizing professional paid family caregiving. Being the caregiver for an older parent takes its toll on families. While these unpaid caregivers think they are saving money by doing it themselves, there are some costs they might not even realize.