Celebrating the Holiday Season is a reason to eat, drink and be merry. Who can resist? Is it possible to get through the holiday season without gaining weight? I cannot promise that, but it is possible to minimize weight gain and use each day as a chance to get back on track by trying some of these tips. It is important to know that all of us, whether or not we live with a disability or other special need, can enjoy a healthy and productive holiday season!
Easter Seals New Jersey recognizes the various struggles that many caregivers sometimes face when they are caring for a loved one. Often times, these same individuals neglect to care for themselves. For all of you that do not know, November is National Family Caregivers Month, and to honor all of you caregivers out there who work hard all day, every day, to care for your loved ones, this post is for you.
In the most recent studies on Caregivers in the US there was an estimated:
- More than 65 million caregivers nationwide
- 52 million caregivers caring for adults with an illness or disability
- Caregivers spend on average 20-35 hours per week providing care
- 17% feel their personal health suffers due to caregiving
- 40%-70% of caregivers show significant signs of depression
- Only 12% of caregivers report using respite services
- 78% report needing more help and information about caregiving
- 35% of caregivers report having difficulty finding time for themselves,
- 29% report trouble balancing work and family responsibilities
As most of you know, being a caregiver can be extremely stressful, not giving yourself enough time in the day to worry about your own needs because you are always concerned about someone else’s. When you do focus on your needs, it may feel selfish and unnatural. It is important to understand that an essential part of being a caregiver is to make sure you put yourself first at times. While you may think it will compromise the care of your loved one, you have to understand that it will not. Both your life, and the life of your loved one, depends on your well-being.
With that being said, here are 6 helpful tips on how to manage caregiver stress and the busy lifestyle that comes with it.
It’s that time of year again, summer is officially over, and youth all across the country are now back to school. For some parents, it’s a day that they were waiting for all summer, finally able to get their children out of their hair. While for other parents, they have been dreading the day because of the chances that their child may be bullied in school.
Parents of youth living with special needs and disabilities, such as physical, developmental, intellectual, emotional, and sensory disabilities, may be at an increased risk of their child being bullied while at school. While bullying may not seem like an issue to most parents, to a parent of child with a disability, it can be a big worry. Ensure your loved one is not being bullied at school by following some of the tips below.