Today, like so many other women, you may be facing a new challenge while you’re still working full time. Your children are growing up just as your parents are slowing down and need assistance with daily activities. Although years ago, extended family members under the same roof usually took care of an elderly parent at home, you are part of a new generation of caregivers who may have to switch to a part-time schedule or exit the workforce altogether to meet the needs of aging parents, and possibly, spouses in the future.
This trend in caregiving can affect women’s professional advancement at work, as well as their ability to save and plan for retirement. It’s not surprising that women are looking for ways to reduce their caregiving stress and anxiety levels, while trying to stay afloat financially through it all.
Caregiving, Work and You
If you’re toggling between caregiving and work, or anticipate having to take on this responsibility in the future, here are some tips to meet the needs of your loved ones and employer, and still take good care of yourself:
The demands of caregiving for an aging parent, relative, or spouse can be overwhelming, but the good news is that you’re not alone. Support is available to help restore your work/life balance.
Someday, you may be in the position to help other women in the same predicament by sharing what you’ve learned, as the circle of caregiving continues.
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