Listen: PCA’s Cheryl Clark speaks about the changing face of caregiving
Cheryl Clark, supervisor for PCA’s caregiver support program, recently spoke to iHeart Radio’s Loraine Ballard Morrill about the “sandwich generation,” adults who are caring for aging parents as well as their children. In the interview, Clark touches on the unique challenges facing these caregivers and the resources that are available to help.
The changing face of caregiving
Having it all in today’s world often becomes more challenging with age. Juggling a full-time job, domestic responsibilities and caregiving duties can feel like a three-ring circus. This is especially true for those younger seniors who are “sandwiched” between dueling caregiving responsibilities.
Caregiver Support Program campaign underway
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) has launched a statewide campaign to promote the Pennsylvania Caregiver Support Program, which provides adults who are the primary caregivers for a senior, as well as senior caregivers raising a child or caring for an adult with a disability, with respite care, reimbursement for caregiving expenses, education and counseling.
More millennials caring for elders
While most people think of family caregivers as middle-aged or older, one-quarter of those caring for family members are considerably younger. These millennial caregivers (born between 1980 and 1996) play a critical role in families by providing unpaid care to their chronically ill, disabled and aging parents, grandparents or other relatives.
Practicing self-care is essential for caregivers
Practicing self-care is integral to leading a healthy lifestyle. However, people often place the needs of others above their own, putting their physical and mental health at risk in the process. This is especially true of caregivers. Caring for the needs of others often comes at the expense of meeting one’s own needs. This self-care checklist that follows was put together by Iona, a senior services program based in Washington, D.C. It can serve as a reminder for seniors to keep their individual needs at the forefront every day, even if they are caring for another.
Pennsylvania receives $650,000 federal grant for Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
The funds will be used to improve the state’s efforts to serve the estimated 400,000 Pennsylvania residents who are living with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.
At 85, this great-grandmother is raising her great-grandson
By Marcia Z. Siegal
Doris Roberts, 85, is among the thousands of older adults in Philadelphia who are raising grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other young relatives whose biological parents cannot care for them. “I raised six children; seven grandchildren, who are all adults now; and now I’m raising my great-grandson, Hydir,” she said. Hydir, who is now 14, has been in Roberts’ care since he was a baby.