caregiving tips

Instead of trying to sugarcoat it, how about offering caregivers some real support?
These comments, even if well-meaning, won't go over well.
I can't help feeling angry sometimes, no matter how much I try to fend it off. What has my life come to? Why can't things just be a little easier? Why is she so mean sometimes? Why did my mother get this horrible disease in the first place?
I Spy for the elderly? BeClose is an aging in place technology that uses discreet wireless sensors placed in the home to
But McVicker urges everyone to think hard before you head for the office exit. "Being a "good child'" may not be the wisest
As the world continues to search for that magic bullet, one approach that will never be out of style is to take a person-centered approach with the person who has to navigate the world of memory loss.
To start, let's have a national conversation about the issues that caregivers face every day. This conversation should include
You never know when you or someone you love might need daily help, such as assistance getting groceries, help with transportation or round the clock care, all of which require planning and coordination.
At home, positive interaction between grandparents and grandchildren is possible, providing benefits for both and easing some of the burdens commonly faced by family caregivers. Here's a seven-step plan for bridging the generation gap for family caregivers.
While most people face certain weather-related challenges during the winter when going about their everyday lives, for those with Alzheimer's disease, the complications can be even more severe.
Reach out to other caregivers in your situation, and look for opportunities to give and get support. Recognizing that the work you do is important and that you're not alone in your situation will help you reap the most positive benefits from your caregiving.
Fortunately, you don't have to be a physician, scientist, memory care specialist, or music therapist to make meaningful connections through music. So dust off that piano or CD player, or better yet, warm up your voice and start singing!
Most people find it comforting to know that, as technology improves, more and more illnesses and conditions can be managed outside a hospital or nursing home setting, and that they can remain in their homes for a longer period of time.
It may not always be easy to be patient while your loved one with memory loss manages these routine activities, but remember to take a deep breath, keep calm and help them to be successful each day.
Hanging in her bathroom was a navy blue vinyl windbreaker, size 2XL, which Mom had "borrowed" from my stepdad years ago. Every morning and every afternoon the two of them would walk around the block, holding hands to steady themselves, wearing their identical navy windbreakers.
Denial for a short period can help caregivers and patients to cope. Yet when prolonged denial begins to stand in the way of the patient's treatment, comfort, or well-being, it's no longer helpful to anyone.
Recognizing the need to offload some tasks may be the best way for you to manage your caregiving responsibilities over the long-term.
While many years of medical training made me an effective professional caregiver, I was completely unprepared to assume this role in my personal life. Despite my eight years of medical training, and three years of experience in private practice, I could not actively heal my wife.