Caregiving? Or Is It Helping?
You help your mom with bill paying. You pick up your dad’s prescription at the pharmacy. You are helping your loved one and you are also providing caregiving. Martha Ranon of the Southern Caregiver Resource Center said in a UT San Diego article,“We often come across caregivers who don’t identify themselves as caregivers. Caregivers tell themselves, “Of course I’m going to take care of
my husband, of course I’m going to take care of my mother.”
You Need Help
If you are helping an elderly loved one you need help too. In my upcoming book,”Freewheeling after Sixty: Design Your Personalized Transportation System” I share my views on interdependence and aging. Briefly interdependence is the idea that everything in nature is connected to and depends on every other thing. In essence, everything and everyone depends on one another. Caregiving is another opportunity for someone to depend on you and you to depend on another.
Wherever your loved one is located there are resources available to help you. The National Organization for Area Agencies on Aging offers an easy to use locator: http://www.n4a.org. The locator will identify the local agency that oversees the programs that serve the geographical area. While resources very these agencies can identify resources for: caregiving, health and wellness programs, insurance counseling, and transportation. Other resources include: AARP Caregiving, Daughterhood, and the National Alliance for Caregiving.
Judi Bonilla is the Director of Program Innovation at Advocates For Aging. Previously she was a fellow for Hispanic In Philanthropy and Senior Service America, Inc. Bonilla has spoken at South by Southwest (SXSW) the American Society on Aging, and Certified Senior Advisors conferences. She has received a Special Commendation from the City of San Diego for the inaugural Older Driver Awareness Week in San Diego, the Association of Travel Instruction Jack Gorelick Achievement Award for her passionate commitment and perseverance to the growth of the profession of travel instruction and the Women In Transportation Innovative Transportation Solutions Award.