GRAND Magazine - January/February 2011 - (Page 28)

dr. marion Priority # is you! New Year’s resolution for caregivers: put yourself first BY DR. MARION SOMERS W 28 GRAND ith every new year comes the promise of new beginnings, with many a resolution centered on improving one’s health, happiness and well-being. For those caring for an aging parent, though, it’s tough to put yourself first. Caregivers tend to overlook their own mental and physical health, and often feel guilty about taking time for themselves. But did you know that’s actually the best possible thing you can do for your loved one? The fact is, staying healthy JAN FEB 2011 and happy yourself will ultimately allow you to provide better care for someone else. Here’s how you can get started: Ask for help. Caring for a loved one can be an overwhelming job, yet many caregivers are determined to go it alone. This is a mistake. You’re not any less of a caregiver if you take some time out for yourself, seek out support or delegate tasks to others. All too often I see caregivers play Share this article with your friends. 1

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - January/February 2011

Grand - Jan/Feb 2011
Grand Treasure Hunt
Table of Contents
Grand View
Grand Central
Fabulous After 50
A Midlife Faith
Grand Products
Cover Story
Grands With a Mission
Your Grandkids' Health
Dr. Marion
Health on Hold
Boomers and Boomerang Kids
Grandparent Rights
Kinship Care
Grand Families
Talking Can Save Your Life
Grand Finale

GRAND Magazine - January/February 2011