VIDEO: Caregiving: Dean Cain Interview promoting: It’s My Life, Too! (3.5 MIN)
Synopsis: This new book is designed to teach caregivers who are taking care of their loved ones (due to an illness or disability) how to take care of themselvesFIRST. If they don’t learn this, they will likely suffer burnout and become as helpless as the person they are caring for.
The airlines got it right every time they tell you in their emergency briefing, “In the unlikely event of a loss of cabin pressure, your oxygen masks will fall from the ceiling. If you are with a small child, put your mask on FIRST, before you help your child with their mask.” They understand all too well from personal experience that the first instincts of a caring, loving and self-sacrificial parent is to help their loved one before they help themselves. They also understand that those who do so, often black out, thus becoming unable to help either themselves or their child.
Caregivers are the same way. Caregiver burnout is at epidemic proportions. With roughly 100 million caregivers in the United States alone, (about one third of the population) everyone knows someone who is caring for a loved one that is likely not taking care of their own needs first. This book, and my radio show, “Dave, the Caregiver’s Caregiver, Avoiding Burnout,” will help fill this need in the caregiver community.