April EFAP News: Succeeding as a Working Caregiver

FREE WEBINAR:

Strategies for Multi-Generational Caregiving

Wednesday, April 19th

12-1 pm and 3-4 pm EST

9-10 am and 12-1 pm PST

Those in multi-generational caregiving roles are known as the “sandwich generation” because they are wedged between dual caregiving responsibilities of young and older dependents. In this session, participants will learn strategies to be more effective in their dual caregiving roles, while examining the needs of each generation.

REGISTER TODAY! Space is limited.

Click on the time you would like to attend above. Or log on to www.HelloE4.com with your username and password.  Click on “UPCOMING WEBINARS” on the homepage and follow the easy instructions

Unable to make it to the scheduled webinars? 

We have them archived for your convenience. Log onto the website and click on E4 University at the bottom of the home page, then click on Webinars to search by webinar title.

Care for the Caregivers

Caring for an elderly or ill loved one can be rewarding, but it can also add to the normal pressures and demands of life and really take a toll on the caregiver. Very often, caregivers are so focused on helping others that they don’t prioritize self-care. The following tips are meant to support you as an individual as well as in your caregiving role:

Give yourself permission to feel your feelings. There’s no such thing as a “right” or “wrong” way to feel, and it’s common to experience a wide range of emotions, including resentment, anger, and fear. Acknowledging these feelings makes it easier to manage them.

Put on your own oxygen mask first. It’s critical that you take care of yourself with the same intensity you do for the person you’re caring for, in a number of ways, such as:

* Getting sufficient sleep and having periodic health checkups

* Eating a healthy diet and prioritizing regular exercising

* Making time for yourself and your own needs each day

* Practicing self-compassion and positive self-talk

* Talking to supportive people

Remember that support is available. Caregiving can be isolating-consider joining a caregiver support group, or talk to a trusted friend or helping professional. Above all, make room for your own physical and emotional needs-the more you help yourself, the more helpful you’ll be to others.

Attend the webinar. This month be sure to register and attend the webinar, “Strategies for Multi-Generational Caregiving.” Explore ways to help bridge the gap between caring for children and older adults. A full description and registration information is listed in the sidebar to the right. If you’re unable to attend at any of the times, log on to the website at a later time to view the archived presentation.

PDF files of the monthly newsletter and posters will be available for download

on the 1st of the month by logging onto the website and clicking on

“Monthly Bulletins” on the home page.

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