“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”    John Lennon and Allen Saunders

As we embark on the season of celebration, for many of us it is bittersweet. Events of the previous months may impact our ability to be present to the gifts of the season. Caring for family members — be they hurt, disabled, elderly, sick or simply in need of more support from you than usual — can add stress and distraction to an already busy time. We want to be available for our family and friends as needed, but how? How do we manage all the “to dos” while staying healthy and finding time to enjoy the holidays ourselves?

As the Caregiver Action Network (CAN) says, “Caregivers are superheroes. Managing medications. Managing health insurance and bills. Getting to doctor appointments. Balancing work and home. How can family caregivers handle it all?”

In 1994, CAN kicked off an initiative to help answer that question by establishing November as National Family Caregivers Month. Every year since, CAN has promoted this 30-day recognition of the contributions of the many volunteer friends and family members who support a loved one in managing their wellbeing or disability.

This year, CAN has chosen “Supercharge Your Caregiving” as its theme, focusing its educational efforts on the many innovative and time-saving tools now available to help caregiving superheroes fulfill their critical roles. These include:

  • Wearable safety devices, which provide 24-hour monitoring
  • Online access to medical records
  • Technology that helps manage the often complex chore of ordering, tracking, and dispensing medications
  • Apps that help streamline all the many tasks, from monitoring vital signs and healthy diets, to locating a loved one should he/she wander off

In addition, caregivers should pause every so often and consider the need for self-care. Even the most resilient superheroes need strategies to remain strong and focused in order to give 100% when it’s required. Although time is perhaps the most precious resource to any caregiver, taking even a small amount of time to maintain a routine of exercise, nutrition, and sleep can make a huge difference. Even 10 minutes of meditation per day can help a weary caregiver maintain a positive outlook.

We’re thankful for the more than 44 million unsung heroes who care for a family member, friend, or neighbor. We salute you, and we want you to know that we’re here to help. For assistance in finding the time and energy to fit self-care into your already hectic schedule, SimplaFYI can help.  Seek the advice of one of the many experts available within the SimplaFYI Practitioner Community. Become a Member today by starting your free demo.

Finally, in this time of giving thanks, we want to extend our gratitude to you for being a valued part of the SimplaFYI Community. We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving.