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Senior Sunday:Put your oxygen mask on first

Updated: Jan 12

As a caregiver, you shoulder a great responsibility. It's a role filled with love and dedication, yet often accompanied by a silent burden: guilt. You may feel it when you can't visit your loved ones every day, despite having arranged professional care and a safe environment for them. Remember, providing quality care also means ensuring their daily needs are met, even if you can't always be there in person.

Barry J Jacobs a clinical psychologist emphasizes this point: “Caregiving is not just about being physically present. It’s about making thoughtful decisions for the well-being of your loved ones.” (Source: AARP). This perspective is vital. You've done more than just arrange for cooks, housekeepers, and professional caregivers. You've created a network of support that contributes to the overall health and happiness of your parent, which is a profound act of love and care.

However, it's crucial to remember that taking care of yourself is just as important. Neglecting your well-being can lead to burnout, affecting your ability to provide care. Engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Connecting with caregiver support groups, either online or in your community, can be incredibly beneficial. These groups provide a platform to share experiences, gain insights, and remember that you're not alone in this journey. Taking time for yourself is not a luxury, it's a necessity. In doing so, you're not only caring for yourself but also ensuring that you can be the best caregiver possible for your loved one.

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