Menopause, family caregiver plus job responsibilities, may result in feeling like a hot flushing, night sweating, sleep deprived juggler.

Meno Martha, Menopause, Family CaregiverIn Menopause and Depression: Depressive and Menopause Symptoms the North American Menopause Society explain:

Meno Martha, Menopause, Family Caregiver“The menopause transition is a time of physical and psychological change for many midlife women. Often the symptoms you may experience during perimenopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, sleep and sexual disturbances, weight and energy changes, and memory lapses, can overlap with symptoms of depression, so it may be difficult for you healthcare practitioner to diagnose and treat you accordingly. In addition, you may be experiencing life stressors (changing lifestyle, aging parents, children leaving or returning home, financial issues, body image and relationship problems) during midlife which may affect your mood”.

November is National Family Caregivers Month in the United States. In Caregiver Stress: What Is A Caregiver? the Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services Womenshealth.gov Meno Martha, Menopause, Family Caregiver elaborate on:

“People who are not paid to give care are called informal caregivers or family caregivers”.

In Caregiver Stress: Who Are Caregivers? the Womenshealth.gov note:

“Also, most caregivers are women. And nearly three in five family caregivers have paid jobs in addition to their caregiving”.

In I Have a Job And I’m The Caregiver for My Loved One the (United States) Caregiver Action Network elaborate on:

“One of the most common problems family caregivers face is trying to juggle their job responsibilities with their caregiving responsibilities. In fact, 60% of family caregivers are employed – and two-thirds have had to make some adjustments in their work-life because of their caregiving role. We know that when family caregivers reach out for assistance, they are better able to take care of themselves and their loved ones while holding onto their jobs. Some caregivers have enough flexibility in their jobs to handle both roles. Some decide to leave the workforce or work part-time. There is so much to consider. These resources are useful for the family caregiver who is also holding a job…”

Meno Martha, Menopause, Family CaregiverIn 10 Tips for Family Caregivers the (United States) Caregiver Action Network share:

  1. Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone!
  2. Take care of your own health so that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one
  3. Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you
  4. Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors
  5. Caregiving is hard work so take respite breaks often
  6. Watch out for signs of depression and don’t delay getting professional help when you need it
  7. Be open to new technologies that can help you care for your loved one
  8. Organize medical information so it’s up to date and easy to find
  9. Make sure legal documents are in order
  10. Give yourself credit for doing the best you can in one of the toughest jobs there is!”

Depending on the Country, unpaid leave may be available. In Stress Management: In-Depth – Caregiver Stress: Tips for Taking Care of Yourself – The Caregiver Who Works Outside the Home the (United States) Clinic note:

“Employees covered under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act may be able to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave a year to care for relatives. Ask your human resources office about options for unpaid leave.”

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Last Updated: 05 August 2019 – Last Revised: 26 November 2018
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