Caregiving & Aging September/October 2022 Newsletter

Caregiving & Aging September/October 2022 Newsletter

Sep 15, 2022

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 Many aging adults find themselves living alone at some point. Here are some ideas of things to think aobut if you or a lovved one lives alone or far away from family.

  1. Build your network. Nurture your friends, neighbors, co-workers, acquaintances, teams, clubs, and faith communities...they may become a priceless resource.
  2. Volunteer to assist a neighbor/co-worker who lives alone, is ill, or undergoing a difficult time.
  3. Organize YOUR important personal information into a folder that a trusted friend could access should it ever be needed.
  4. Get legal documents in order, including medical directives, final wishes, will, and power of attorney.
  5. Give a trusted friend (who lives nearby) keys to your home. Introduce them to your family when they are visiting.
  6. Ask for help or learn to accept help occasionally. "Lighten up" on being so independent. People who are open to assistance seem to get it when needed.
  7. Gather friends to discuss and agree to "be there" for each other should help be needed.
  8. Practice caring and compassion. Call friends, or relatives you rearely see to find out how they are doing. Say "I love you" more often.
  9. Keep an "In Case of Emergency" list in your wallet and visibly in your home. Include: contacts, current medications, conditions, doctors, allergies, and other vital information.
  10. Stay in touch with the Caregiving & Aging team at FamilyMeans for support.

The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, Caregiving in the U.S. National Alliance for Caregiving.

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