A recent study done by Boston College found it is becoming more common for seniors to choose to care for older parents. Approximately 10 percent of seniors aged 60-69 and 12 percent of seniors over 70 providing care to aging parents. Seniors caring for seniors can pose unique challenges for both the parent and the caregiver. Many adult children caregivers suffer from physical ailments, and the added stress of caring for a parent can put a strain on their own health.
In another study done at the University of Pittsburgh, researchers found that older caregivers who had health issues and experienced emotional stress from providing care to older parents were at an increased risk of dying. If you or someone you know is a senior and providing care for an aging parent, there are options to make sure that all those involved stay as healthy as possible.
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One of the most significant stressors on adult aging caregivers is the financial strain of caring for a parent. Adults in their 90’s, may have exhausted savings of other assets and rely on the contributions from adult children to pay for some of the everyday expenses. One of the options available to adult children caring for parents is to receive payments from Medicaid for providing such care. While Medicaid typically pays for nursing home care, it may also be possible to get paid to care for your elderly parent(s). There may be other options available as well, such as programs that help with living costs for seniors. These and other options are accessed through the New Jersey Division of Aging Services.
To reduce stress and stay healthy, caregivers should get exercise, take care of their health, and keep up with social connections. While this may be easier said than done, there are some basic options available to caregivers. Finding a way to get time away can be challenging. The Division of Aging Services can help caregivers find much-needed resources so they can take care of themselves and maintain their health. With added help in caregiving responsibilities, older caregivers can join groups in the community and can take the time to go to the movies or other outings with friends. These activities and others have been shown to decrease the stress level for senior caregivers.
Researchers at Duke University found there are long-term effects from caring for an aging parent. In a study done on older caregivers, the researchers found there is an increased risk of depression and high blood pressure for the caregivers long after the parent has passed away. It is essential to take care of yourself if you are a caregiver and to access resources to help you provide the best assistance possible to an aging parent. The team at Bratton Law has extensive experience in navigating such options. Contact us today and let us help you.