When a loved one lives with someone else, like a spouse, roommate or adult child, it can be comforting to know that someone is looking out for them. But when your loved one lives alone, it can be worrisome to think about something happening to them and there being no one around to help.
According to the Pew Research Center, around 27 percent of older adults live alone. An AARP survey also found that 77 percent of older adults, including those who live alone, want to continue age in their own homes. Respecting a loved one’s wishes is important. But if you have concerns about safety, these are important to consider as well. Here are some tips to help you support a loved one living alone:
All caregivers are struggling or will struggle with feelings of guilt, no matter how hard we’re trying to be the best caregiver possible.
Why do we experience guilt? There are 5 reasons that come to mind.
Baby Boomers, more than 77 million strong, are also known as the Sandwich Generation. They are the ones raising their own kids and having to care for their aging parents at the same time. In one way, an enviable position to be in for those whose parents are in good health and maintain an active lifestyle. But for other Boomers whose parents have chronic health issues, are isolated or depressed, the responsibility can be overwhelming to the caregiver.