This post was inspired by Ai-Jen Poo, MacArthur Award recipient, co-director of Caring Across Generations and author of The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America. In a recent interview, she said that caregivers with children, who are often called The Sandwich Generation, should be called the “Panini Generation,” since they’re being squeezed so much by both their kids and their parents. What other definitions are out there that caregivers deal with every day?
Caree/Charge – The person the caregiver is caring for. But if it’s their husband, wife, father, mother or sibling, that is the title that should come first.
Carer – Another term for caregiver.
Caregiver Burnout – What can happen to a caregiver when they are over-burdened or do not take enough time to care for themselves.
#CaregiverMonday – A hashtag that’s used across social media platforms to call out caregivers on the first day of the workweek.
Caregiver Syndrome – “Caregiver Stress Syndrome is a term used to describe the physiological and psychological changes experienced as the result of chronic stress due to ongoing caregiving activities,” as defined by HubPages.
IEP – An Individualized Education Program/Plan is a term you might here a caregiver/parent for a disabled child use. It helps the parent/caregiver, aides, teachers and school determine what the child is currently capable of, what their goals should be and how to accomplish those goals.
Self-care – Taking time for one’s self that is necessary for the mental and physical health of the carer.
Do you have any suggestions for additions to this glossary? Let us know – we’d love to post another list of caregiving definitions!