Baby Boomer Caregivers Suffer Stress and Women Bear the Heaviest Burdens, Study Says Authors Share Solutions on eCareDiary.com's Radio Show

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eCareDiary’s BlogTalkRadio July shows feature Laurel Kennedy, author of The Daughter Trap and Margery Pabst, author of Enrich Your Caregiving Journey. Both Kennedy and Pabst offer proven strategies to increase caregivers’ emotional health and ease family conflicts. The Laurel Kennedy interview will air at 2pm EDT on July 26th. To listen, click here. The show featuring Margery Pabst is now available for free download by clicking here.

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have added caregiving, the equivalent of a part time job, to their responsibilities.

eCareDiary’s BlogTalkRadio shows for July feature Laurel Kennedy, author of The Daughter Trap and Margery Pabst, author of Enrich Your Caregiving Journey. Both Kennedy and Pabst offer proven strategies to increase caregivers’ emotional health and ease family conflicts. The Laurel Kennedy interview will air at 2pm EDT on July 26th. To listen, click here. The show featuring Margery Pabst is now available for free download at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ecarediary/2010/07/12/featuring-margery-pabst--author-of-enrich-your-car

Stress is taking its toll on Baby Boomers who care for elderly relatives. According to a 2009 study by the National Alliance of Caregivers and AARP, which was funded by MetLife, 66% of these caregivers are women. Women, says the study, are most likely to perform hands-on assistance with daily living activities.
AARP’s Elinor Ginzler explains that many in the sandwich generation “have added caregiving, the equivalent of a part time job, to their responsibilities.”

In some cases, it’s much more than a part time job. Caregivers often spend 40 hours a week directly caring for a senior relative who may suffer from debilitating diseases such as cancer or arthritis. Frequently, an elderly relative in a busy boomer’s care is declining from degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s, ADL, Parkinson’s or strokes.

The work can be as backbreaking as it is heart-rending. And many caregivers find that they are doing the job without the help of siblings or other family members. The declining health of the elderly loved one often leads to difficult questions about end of life decisions, long term care and legal and financial matters. These questions can create ugly family conflicts that pile yet more stress on the overworked caregiver.

Unfortunately, the emotional fallout affects not only the caregiver, but the elder and the entire family. Finding smart ways to share the caregiving role and manage stress is crucial. This month’s eCareDiary.com radio shows feature authors who remind us that caregivers are at their best when they can attend to their own emotional needs.

Author and aging issues consultant Laurel Kennedy focuses on the daughters and daughters-in-law who provide elder care, often while also raising children and managing a home, a relationship, and a job. Kennedy offers practical solutions for engaging help and managing family dynamics in her book The Daughter Trap. Susan Baida and John Mills of eCareDiary will bring Kennedy’s tips and insight to their listeners on July 26, 2010 at 2pm EDT. Click here to listen.

Listeners can now download the eCareDiary interview of Margery Pabst, a prominent eldercare speaker and author of Enrich Your Caregiving Journey. This fourth book by Pabst won the 2010 Caregiver Friendly Award. Pabst described her own caregiving experience as a “loney endeavor” and wrote her book to comfort and guide others who care for elderly relatives. eCareDiary’s Susan Baida commented that the book offers families “tools to step back and focus” on the care rather than on the conflicts. Pabst’s explanation of generational values is a true eye-opener for caregivers who find their efforts unappreciated. Click here to listen.

eCareDiary was created through the shared mission of eldercare authority Susan Baida and John Mills, an experienced healthcare policy and industry leader. The husband and wife team found themselves plunged unexpectedly into numerous caregiving challenges and emerged determined to help others. Combining their expertise, Baida and Mills created eCareDiary.com, which offers caregivers a supportive community, free tools to manage doctors’ appointments and medication schedules, access to legal documents and resources for family assistance.

If you missed the live broadcast, you can listen-on-demand to the online archive anytime. Just click on the play button next to the photo at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ecarediary.

About eCareDiary:
eCareDiary.com is a new website for families coordinating care for an aging loved one. Its mission is to help family caregivers help elder family members age in place and age with dignity. Its goal is to empower family caregivers with free tools, information and resources to help them become better health managers and advocates for their elderly relative. One of the main features is the Care Diary, a medication and appointment management tool enabling families to store and share their loved one’s information in a secure, private place. eCareDiary.com also provides caregivers with a supportive community.

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