Nov 7, 2016
By: Glenn Martin
People tend to expect that life changes related to aging will cause a range of emotional reactions, from comfort and tranquility to loneliness and boredom. Retirement can lead to less activity and less activity can lead to a sense of emotional distress just as much as it can lead to a sense of inner peace.
When seniors experience emotional stress coupled with physical health challenges, someone usually has to step in to provide care, but these caregivers are not super humans. Those who care for seniors are often family members or other people connected by a social relationship, and they usually don’t have the skills and experience to know when they need help, themselves.
“One-third of individuals providing in-home support to a loved one are distressed by the demands of caregiving.”
The stressors of at-home caregiving can cause a variety of physical and mental symptoms in those providing the care, including anxiety, depression and burnout. According to a recent policy report released by the British Columbia Medical Association, one-third of individuals providing in-home support to a loved one are distressed by the demands of caregiving. If this trend continues, caregivers can find themselves less able to serve their loved ones because of their own poor physical and mental health.
Our monthly caregiver support group is one such resource that provides emotional, educational and social support for caregivers. Led by Justin McGee, a licensed personal counselor with Senior Life Solutions, our group creates a supportive environment where individuals can exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions. Attendees can talk through issues and ways of coping, share their feelings, needs and concerns, and learn about community resources for caregivers.
At Oak Pointe, we provide personalized support to our residents and their families as they experience the specific challenges related to the aging process, including memory loss. Everything that is done is geared toward relationship building between residents, families and team members, and all attention is placed on each individual’s quality of life.
If your family is currently exploring assisted living or memory care options, or if a loved one is already in need of care, we invite you to attend our upcoming Caregivers Support Group. For more information about the support group, or about Oak Pointe of Richmond, please call Glen Martin, Community Relations Manager at 816-776-3435.
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