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Here is a tip for preventing caregiver burnout! One of the most important reasons for a family meeting and a caregiver plan is to make sure none of the caregivers suffers from burnout. It takes planning and cooperation to make sure that everyone—not just the aging or ill loved one—doesn’t get overwhelmed, resentful, and completely fried. Here are some ways to prevent caregiver burnout.
If you were to die today, what would you leave behind? Have you said what you wanted to say, done the things you wanted to do, finished the things you wanted to complete?
What are the things in your life that you feel are incomplete or undone? Make a list!
Sometimes we put off conversations with our loved ones, thinking there will be time. However, the time never comes and we lose the opportunity. Do you have conversations you are putting off? Start today.
Amy Craton put her education on hold for 50 years in order to raise her four children as a single mother. Once the responsibilities of life were fulfilled, she “decided to finally finish her education because the timing was right – and she disliked the idea of being idle during her golden years.” This is an inspiring example of a woman completing a life-long dream of completing her education. Once completed, she set her sights on graduate school.
Healthy aging includes examination of our lives: where have we been, what have we learned and what do we still want to do? Active seniors who remain healthy into their advanced years have continued to find purpose, to set goals and complete things they can be proud of.
Ask yourself the question, “If I were to die today, what would I leave behind? Have I said what I wanted to say, done the things I wanted to do, finished the things I wanted to complete?”
What are the things in your life that you feel are incomplete or undone? Consider things you want to do, something you want to accomplish, places you want to go, and people you want to share something with. Consider those you have unresolved issues with or those with whom things have been left unsaid. Be specific. Give a timeframe for when you will complete these things on your list. If you do not plan to complete something, ask yourself what keeps you from doing so?
If 94-year-old Amy Craton can graduate college with a 4.0 GPA, you can accomplish or complete anything you have on your list.