This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Elizz. All opinions are 100% mine.
I finally decided enough is enough and I hired a personal trainer to whip this old body into shape. I figured it would be a bit of a rough go at first, but really I’m still young so how hard could it be?
Well, apparently my body isn’t as young as I thought. This is ridiculously hard work! I have pain in places I didn’t know existed. I had to ask my husband to let me hold onto him as I gingerly lowered myself into a steaming Epsom salt infused bath.
Which then got me thinking, what’s going to happen when I really AM old and really need the help? As the elder of the pair of us, I think I am justified in expecting my young, spritely and insanely fit husband to ease me into my golden years. After all, I did do all the diaper changing with the kids while he was out tearing up and down mountains on his bike, enjoying his youth and vitality.
In a few dozen years I expect it will be him changing mine!
But seriously, this is something I am starting to think about, my own care as I age and yes, his too. Most likely it will fall to our three children to make decisions and provide support for us in our later stages of life and I want it to be as easy and guilt free a process as possible.
Family caregivers are everywhere – 1 in 4 Canadians currently identify as caregivers, and that number is expected to grow to 1 in 3 by 2020.
Many people don’t think of themselves as caregivers – rather they focus on being a spouse, daughter, son or friend.
With this in mind, I want our kids to know they can set boundaries for the care they provide us, and maintain our parent-child relationship in a healthy and positive way.
I have found a great resource in Elizz, a fantastic site full of information for caregivers, as well as services for caregivers and those who depend on them. Reading the articles gives me an idea of what the kids can expect, and helps me set up a “care plan” of how we want to be cared for in certain situations.
When the time comes, the kids will have a solid base of support with Elizz and a place to turn with questions, help with decision making and support in fulfilling our wishes for how we want our last years to be spent. And since I fully intend on spending those years living it up with my young hubby beside me, I would like to know these decisions and conversations are started now and hopefully then the rest will be smooth sailing.
Much like planning for life insurance, retirement and all the other big moments in life, starting the conversation to talk about elder care for yourself with your family is an important discussion. Use the resources of Elizz to get the conversation started, and a plan in place, while you are still far enough away from needing the plan you make.
And once you have done that, spend some time living your years and enjoying the days worry free. Which Elizz caregiver services are right for you?