Baby Boomers Squeezed Between Parents & Children
How to Maintain a Healthy Mind
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 can do. * 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 weekend getaway. 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. About CAMFT 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 www.therapistfinder.com
SOURCE California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
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