November is National Caregivers Month
Caregiver? Is often a role that goes unclaimed by most adult children. While many midlife adults arrange transportation, medication, or medical appointments. Very few say they are a caregiver. Often it is described as “just helping.” This helping is caregiving.
The Truth About Being a Caregiving
In truth, providing caregiving is part of our human experience. One we provide out of compassion love, and responsibility. However, often the role requires a new skill set. Consider it the ultimate on the job training. Rosalynn Carter described it best in her caregiver quote.
Where do you go for Advice?
Throughout communities across the country, there are Area Agency on Aging. These agencies provide information on health and wellness programs in your community. Contact this organization for referrals. This agency receives federal money to deliver programs. To date, funding has not increased despite a growing older population.
Use Business Savvy
When did you start looking for your current job? How long did it take to land your last contract? Most likely, you starting looking before you needed them. You prepared. By the same token start identifying resources now. Remember caregiving is a “when” role.
Though National Caregivers Month is wrapping up caregiving is not. If you are feeling stuck please contact me directly. This Everyday Gerontologist™ is here to help.
About the Author
Currently, Judi Bonilla is the Director of Program Innovation at Advocates For Aging. She is the first gerontologist to speak at South by Southwest. Judi has also spoken at the American Society on Aging and Certified Senior Advisors conferences. She also served as a fellow for Hispanics in Philanthropy and Senior Service America. Judi is the author of Freewheeling After Sixty a book for older drivers. In addition, the City of San Diego honored her for launching Older Driver Safety Awareness Week.