Kurt Madden, writing for Lansing Community Newspapers, has written an interesting piece that focuses on what caregivers know but often don't practice. If we don't take care of ourselves, there will be no one to take care of the elder (or other person dependent on you). At lsj.com, Madden's article titled "Who watches out for the caregiver? Taking care of self remains important when taking care of others, expert says" begins:
"Is Grandma taking her medications on time? Can I get off work to take Dad to the doctor? Am I strong enough to help Mom take a bath? Will my husband be safe for 30 minutes while I run to the grocery store?
When do caregivers think of themselves and their well-being?
"That is usually the last thing on their minds," said Margaret Houseman, coordinator for ALFA Adult Day Services in East Lansing."