Embracing Solo Aging: Aging Alone with Dignity and Strength

By Roz Jones

The world has changed drastically over the past few decades. People are living longer, and many older adults are choosing to age alone instead of in long-term care facilities. This is known as “solo aging”, and it presents both challenges and opportunities for older adults who choose this path. It’s important to understand what solo aging can mean for those who choose it, so that they can adequately prepare for the future. 

The Benefits of Solo Aging 

Solo aging can present a number of benefits for those who take this path. For starters, solo aging gives individuals the freedom to live their lives as they please, without having to rely on others or feel like a burden. Additionally, people who age alone often have more control over their schedules and daily activities than those who live in group settings such as nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Finally, solo aging allows individuals to maintain their independence and autonomy while still getting the necessary help they need. 

Challenges of Solo Aging 

Of course, there are also some challenges associated with solo aging that must be taken into account. For one thing, solo agers may not have access to the same type of social support that comes with living in a community setting or with family members nearby. Additionally, managing medical needs and appointments can be difficult without help from others or access to transportation services. Finally, solo agers may not always be able to get the same level of care that they would if they were living in a long-term care facility where trained caregivers are available 24/7. 

Preparing for Solo Aging 

For those considering solo aging, it’s important to plan ahead and make sure all your bases are covered before taking this step. Make sure you have an adequate support network in place—family members or friends who can provide assistance when needed—and look into organizations or services that can provide additional support such as Meals on Wheels programs or transportation services. Additionally, consider signing up for home health care services if needed so you can get the medical attention you require from the comfort of your own home.          Solo aging is an increasingly popular option among older adults today due to its many benefits—including increased freedom and autonomy—as well as its potential challenges—such as lack of access to social support networks or transportation services. However, by planning ahead and making sure all your bases are covered before taking this step, solo agers can ensure that they will be able to age with dignity and strength while still getting the assistance they need when they need it most. With proper preparation and forethought, anyone looking at solo aging can approach it with confidence knowing that they will be well taken care of along the way!

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Are you trying to decide if you can provide care to your aging loved one and continue working your 9-5 job? Check out my latest podcast to learn how this is possible and why you should be transparent with your employer about your role as a caregiver!

You have your job — the one with a paycheck. And then you have your caregiving responsibilities — helping someone who means the world to you.

Work can be rewarding in more ways than one. So can caregiving. But together, it’s a demanding combination. You may feel like you’ve got more on your plate than you can handle on some days.

So how do you navigate caregiving and juggling your job? In this episode, I share how this is possible and why you should be transparent with your employer about your caregiver role.

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Ready, Set, GOAL DIG

By Roz Jones

Are you a caregiver who feels like you’re constantly running in circles but not getting anywhere? Do you have a to-do list a mile long and never seem to be able to check everything off? If so, it’s time to start goal digging!

What is goal digging, you ask? It’s simple: it’s setting yourself small, achievable goals that will help you move closer to your big-picture objectives. Think of it as a road map for your caregiving journey. By breaking down your goals into manageable steps, you can make significant progress without feeling overwhelmed.

Ready to get started? Here’s how to become a goal-digging caregiver!

1. Determine Your Destination

The first step in any journey is deciding where you want to go. In other words, what are your overall objectives as a caregiver? Do you want to provide the best possible care for your loved one? Improve your relationship with them? Maintain your own mental and physical health? Once you’ve identified your destination, you can start plotting out the steps you need to take to get there.

2. Set Small Goals

As we all know, Rome wasn’t built in a day. The same goes for reaching your caregiver goals! Trying to accomplish too much at once will only lead to frustration and burnout. Instead, focus on smaller achievements that will help you slowly but surely reach your destination. For example, if your goal is to improve your relationship with your loved one, start by setting aside ten minutes each day to talk with them about something other than their care. Or if you’re trying to maintain your own health and well-being, commit to going for a walk three times per week. 

Remember, baby steps lead to big accomplishments!

3. Celebrate Your Successes

It’s important to celebrate every victory—no matter how small—on your path to becoming a goal-digging caregiver. Why? Because each success will motivate and encourage you to keep going when things get tough (and trust us, they will!). So whether it’s crossing an item off your weekly task list or spending quality time with your loved one, take a moment to appreciate how far you’ve come. You deserve it!

4. Enlist Help When You Need It.

Caregiving is a team effort, so don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it! Whether it’s hiring professional help or reaching out to friends and family members for support, enlisting assistance will lighten your load and leave you more energy and time to focus on achieving your goals. 

Caregiving is a rewarding but challenging journey. Luckily, by goal-digging—that is, setting small, achievable goals—you can make significant progress without feeling overwhelmed. And when you do reach those big-picture objectives, be sure to take a moment to celebrate all that you’ve accomplished! Finally, don’t forget that caregiving is a team effort—so enlist help when necessary in order to ensure everyone’s success.


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A Caregiver’s Guide to Goal Setting

By Roz Jones

Goal setting is an important part of self-care. When we set goals, we are taking charge of our lives and charting a course for our future. Achieving our goals gives us a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that can boost our mood and confidence.

Caregivers often have a lot on their plate, and it can be easy to let goal-setting fall by the wayside. But taking the time to set goals for yourself is an important part of taking care of yourself. When you are clear about what you want to achieve, you are more likely to achieve it. And when you achieve your goals, you’ll feel good about yourself—which is an important part of self-care.

How to Set Goals

  1. The first step in setting goals is to decide what you want to achieve. What are your long-term and short-term goals? What do you want to accomplish in the next week, month, or year? Once you have a general idea of what you want to achieve, you can start setting specific goals. 

Your goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. In other words, your goal should be something like “I will walk for 30 minutes every day” rather than “I will exercise more.” A specific goal is more likely to be achieved than a general one. 

  1. You should also make sure that your goal is something that you can realistically achieve. If your goal is too ambitious, you may get discouraged and give up before you reach it. On the other hand, if your goal is too easy, you may not get the satisfaction of accomplishing something challenging. 
  1. Finally, make sure that your goal is relevant to your life and something that you really want to achieve. Achieving a goal that is important to you will be much more rewarding than achieving a goal that isn’t as meaningful. 

Once you have decided on a specific goal, write it down or tell someone about it so that you are accountable for achieving it. Then, make a plan for how you will achieve your goal. Break down your goal into small steps that you can complete over time. For example, if your goal is to walk for 30 minutes every day, start by walking for 10 minutes per day and build up from there. 

Setting realistic, achievable goals for yourself is an important part of self-care. When you take the time to set goals and develop a plan for how to achieve them, you are taking charge of your life and making choices that will help you improve your well-being. When caregivers make self-care a priority, they are better able to care for their loved ones—so don’t hesitate to set some goals for yourself today!


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The Benefits of Goal Setting

By Roz Jones

Let’s Get started with Goal Setting

You know the drill. You’ve been meaning to accomplish a task for weeks, maybe even months, but for some reason or other you just…haven’t. It’s not that you don’t want to achieve your goal, it’s that something always seems to get in the way. As a Caregiver, you know life happens, and before you know it another day has gone by without any progress being made.

Caregivers are especially susceptible to this type of scenario playing out. With so much on our plates at any given time, it can be difficult to find the focus necessary to complete a project from start to finish. That’s where goal setting comes in! By taking the time to sit down with your client and create a goal-oriented plan, you can increase the likelihood of success while also providing much-needed structure and support.

The Benefits of Goal Setting

There are numerous benefits to engaging in goal setting with your clients. Perhaps most importantly, goal setting can provide a much-needed sense of direction during what can often be an overwhelming and chaotic time. When everyone is pulling in different directions, it can be difficult to know where to focus your energy. By honing in on specific goals, you can help your clients stay focused on what’s important and avoid getting bogged down by unnecessary distractions.

In addition, goal setting can help build trust between you and your client. When you work together to create a plan and set achievable milestones, it shows that you are invested in their success. This can be an invaluable component of the caregiving relationship, particularly as your clients begin to rely on you more and more for support.

Finally, goal setting is simply a good way to promote healthy habits! When we have specific goals that we’re working towards, we’re more likely to stick with healthy behaviors like eating well or exercising regularly. This is true for both caregivers and those receiving care; by coming up with goals that everyone can commit to, you’re promoting wellness on all fronts.

If you’re looking for a way to add structure and purpose to your caregiving relationship, goal setting is a great place to start! Working together to identify specific goals gives everyone involved a sense of direction and promotes healthy habits throughout the process. Plus, accomplishing goals together can help build trust and strengthen the bond between caregiver and client alike. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!


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3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver.