SAN DIEGO, July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Ridden with feelings of depression,
anxiety, guilt and exhaustion, nearly 45 million middle-aged Americans,
referred to as the "sandwich generation," are faced with the stress of
simultaneously tending to the needs of their aging parents and the demands
of their families, sacrificing their own personal needs in the process.
Caring for a loved one and balancing work and family responsibilities
can have an adverse effect physically, emotionally and mentally. The
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists offers tips on how
to manage your mental health as a caregiver:
* Learn about your loved one's condition. This will help you plan ahead
and know what to expect as time progresses.
* Be practical and set limits. Be aware that there is only so much you
* Take advantage of adult day care programs, out-of-home respite services
or support groups. It is important to reassure your aging loved one
that your goal is to help them safely maintain their independence.
* Take care of yourself. Make sure you are eating healthy foods, getting
exercise and sleeping regularly.
* Talk with your loved ones about this new role and how it will require
patience, acceptance and important decision-making.
* Do not put your life on hold or neglect your marriage.
* Set aside family time to have dinner together, play games or plan a
If you have adopted these tips and still feel overwhelmed, you should
consider seeking professional care. Therapy can help ease common sources of
stress, including family problems, heavy workloads or having to provide
extensive care for a loved one or aging parent. To learn more about
Marriage and Family Therapists and to locate one in your area, visit
California's online mental health resource, www.therapistfinder.com.
The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, with 27
chapters throughout the state, is an independent professional organization,
representing the interests of licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.
CAMFT provides TherapistFinder.com as a resource to the public looking for
Marriage and Family Therapists located in California. For more information
about CAMFT, please call (858) 292-2638 or visit www.camft.org or
SOURCE California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists