As a family caregiver are you stressed out? Needing exercise? Miss seeing friends? Feeling isolated?
I’m not a doctor, but I have a remedy for you: pickleball. Watch the video below to see more about the game.
Pickleball is America’s fasting growing recreational sport and is the ideal game for those of us who are members of the Sandwich Generation. We “baby boomers” are called the Sandwich Generation because many of us juggle caring for both aging parents and growing children.
Many of our Elders’ Helpers families benefit from the services our caregivers provide. With our caregivers attending to your senior parents you have time to work, attend a child’s game, or socialize with friends.
Have you thought of pickleball as a way to get some time for yourself, get some exercise, and make new friends?
“But,” you ask, “who will look after my mom while I am out playing pickleball?”
Elders’ Helpers can.
Another aspect of our slogan, “Live on your own with a helper in your home,” could be: “Find time for yourself, with a helper in your home.”
An Elders’ Helpers caregiver can be a welcome change to your busy routine of working, caring for your parents, and caring for your kids. While you have a few hours to recharge your batteries outside the home, your loved one receives compassionate care and professional attention from an Elders’ Helpers caregiver.
Being a family caregiver is a high-stress occupation. The American Psychological Association says that 40 percent of women 35-55 are stressed by caring for aging parents. And 82 percent of the women say it causes them stress with their spouse or partner and their children.
Your unresolved “caregiver stress” can strain your physical and mental health. You are more likely to suffer caregiver burnout, and it may affect the way you interact with your parent(s) or loved ones.
Check out these five key benefits of pickleball as a stress reliever and health enhancer.
As a pickleball enthusiast myself, I get great exercise and have fun with new friends. Pickleball is a very social sport with lots of laughs so I recommend pickleball. Elders’ Helpers has even sponsored several pickleball tournaments.
Follow along on our Elders’ Helpers Facebook page. We hope to see you on the pickleball court.
Pictured: Tim Maczinski, tournament director of the Grandville Pickleball Addicts Tourney, with Jeff Howlett, Engage Pickleball pro.
Nikki Hoort, Owner