Give kudos and support to caregivers
For seniors aging in place, the presence of a good caregiver can provide comfort and create smiles during difficult times. It can result in improved attitude and, ultimately, better health outcomes.
Approximately 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day, according to the Pew Research Center (U.S. Population Projections: 2005-2050). With a growing number of seniors opting to stay in their homes, that's going to create a need for 630,000 more home care aide jobs by 2024, which far outstrips the number of professionals available to fill them, according to consulting firm PHI.
Today is National Caregivers Day, and Griswold Home Care of Westminster, Broomfield and Boulder would like to salute the dedicated professionals who provide vital in-home services to those who need them the most. They have chosen a profession of long days and often tireless, selfless work. Nonetheless, they deliver quality, compassionate care with good cheer every day.
To mark the occasion and support the important work caregivers do, Griswold Home Care has launched a website dedicated to professional and family caregivers, CaregiverResource.com. This website provides the whos, whats, whys and hows of caregiving as well as advice by our award-winning, 35-year caregiver Allegra Chaney.
Caregiving is a noble endeavor. Those delivering care deserve the same dignity and respect they bestow on their clients and loved ones.
Jim Middleton, director of Griswold Home of Westminster, Broomfield and Boulder
Find strength to stand up to abuse
I believe that most of us Americans have been victims of bullying and/or some form of abuse at some time in our lives. As a former counselor and therapist, I worked with and tried to help many victims of everyday bullying as well as various other forms of abuse.
I found that the biggest problem and challenge that they dealt with was that they did not stand up to their bullies and abusers. The best question that I ever heard a counselor or therapist ask their clients and patients relative to this was the following: "What parts of yourself don't you love that allows you to let this bully or abuser to continue to mistreat you and abuse you?"
This question prompted many people to finally make some serious changes in their lives and to walk away from and leave their abusers.
Stewart B. Epstein, Rochester, N.Y