Caregiving is a juggling act
Anyone who’s been a caregiver knows there’s a lot to juggle when it comes to caring for an older adult.
Juggling Life, Work, and Caregiving, by Amy Goyer, is a book that helps you with practical challenges and with finding ways to care for yourself. It covers tips and tools for using technology, creating a caregiving team to support you, and managing housing and medical care.
Amy Goyer is AARP’s caregiving expert
Amy Goyer is AARP’s family, caregiving, and multigenerational-issues expert and has more than enough personal experience to write several caregiving books.
She’s been a caregiver her entire adult life and has over 30 years of experience in aging and caregiving. Amy currently cares for her 92-year-old father, who has Alzheimer’s disease and lives with her.
What is this book about?
In Juggling Life, Work, and Caregiving, Amy’s practical tips help caregivers with day-to-day care, planning for future needs, or crisis situations. She also gives useful self-care tips and explains why it’s important to care for yourself too. Included are stories and inspiration from real caregivers and Amy’s own experience caring for her parents.
Amy on “filling your own tank”
After being a caregiver for three decades, Amy knows how essential it is to take care of yourself.
She says it best in this interview: “I look at it very practically, we don’t expect our cars to run on an empty tank of gas, but we expect ourselves to? It doesn’t make sense…We need to fill our own tanks so that we have the energy to do the care that we need to do. We need to look at lots of different ways to fill our own tanks. It’s not being selfish, it’s truly being practical.”
Amy on building a caregiving team
In the interview, Amy talks about how some people just won’t do what you’d like them to do to help. But, you can ask them to do something else. Her example is that some people are willing to be hands-on caregivers, but others are better with hands-off stuff like managing finances or buying groceries and picking up prescriptions.
She puts it best when she says, “Looking at what people are willing…and able to give and filling those gaps in different ways and looking at your caregiving team non-traditionally…Would it have been nice to have someone else who could take my mom? Yes, but if that isn’t going to happen, figure out another way and build your team very creatively.”
Amy Goyer shares wisdom and practical tips based on decades of personal experience as a caregiver. Juggling Life, Work, and Caregiving is her guide to help caregivers at any stage of the journey manage day-to-day challenges and take care of themselves at the same time.
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By DailyCaring Editorial Staff
Image: Amy Goyer