Caring for the elderly can be very stressful. According to a survey, 63% of caregivers die up to four years before the people they care for.
A survey by the U.S. National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine showed that 63 percent of caregivers die up to four years earlier than the people they are caring for. Brazil has more and more elderly people – more than 18 million already. How to take care of those who take care of the elderly?
An elderly person may have autonomy, but at some point they will need support. From 2007 to 2017, the market for professional caregivers grew 547%, or 30,000 new jobs.
Caring for an elderly or sick person requires dedication, patience and physical strength. Professional caregivers take courses and specialize, but mastering the technique is not enough. Affection, affection and respect make the difference in quality of life.
Therefore, sometimes the caregiver ends up being a relative, a neighbor, a friend. Due to the effort and time required, these caregivers usually neglect themselves, abandon their jobs, their children, family, and leisure time. They develop insomnia, depression, anxiety.
On average, a person becomes 20 years dependent on someone. The planning of how our old age will be needs to start early.
The geriatrician Maisa Kairalla talked with the Wellness and gave tips for caregivers of the elderly:
Plan with the whole family how the caregiving functions will be divided.
Build a spreadsheet of expenses to avoid this having a heavier impact on someone in the family who is already in an unstable situation.
Relay nights, weekends, commemorative dates, holidays, visits to the doctor.
The caregiver needs to be healthy to serve the assisted – the health of one impact on the other
Don’t stop accepting invitations for leisure, travel, dinners with friends. The caregiver needs to “live” too.