Blog & Elder Care Articles
Stress in an unavoidable part of caregiving. But for the sake of your health and well-being, it’s important to take steps to manage stress and take care of yourself. If you are taking care of a loved one, you need to be sure to take care of yourself, too.
Loneliness is when being alone creates a feeling of sadness. Many seniors and elderly are alone for a variety of reasons. Some of those reasons may be the loss of a partner or spouse, distance from family, as well as mobility and memory issues. These all will contribute to that feeling of loneliness, especially if they are also hindered with the ability to get out and connect socially as they once did. The holidays can really bring these feelings to the surface for your family member.
While there’s a lot to anticipate over the holiday season, for growing families whose ages range across multiple generations, there can be a lot of pressure to meet everyone’s needs and expectations. Having a strategy in place to deal with anticipated difficulties, and making adaptations to traditions and activities can help make your holiday season merry and bright!
At some point, many adult children will face the reality of caring for their elderly parents or grandparents. If your aging loved one is unable to live alone or live at their home any longer, an option may be moving them into your home. Before moving them into your home, there are things that you should consider.
The sky is truly the limit for all of us. Our own limitations and health may keep our feet firmly planted on the gravitational pull of the earth but that doesn’t mean that we can’t make the most of every day despite aging.
Hobbies provide seniors with the opportunity to experience new things, divert their attention from the stresses of everyday life, and meet new people. As they enter their golden years, many older adults are left with more time on their hands, and can find comfort in new interests to help them pass the time, while improving their mental and physical health.
Millions of Americans 65 & older fall victim to fraud and scams every day. Cognitive decline, phycological vulnerability, their overly trusting nature, social isolation, and a lack of knowledge and information regarding current scams and fraud prevention all contribute to the victimization of seniors that happens every day.
For those living with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other types of memory loss, it can be difficult for them to recall events or people from the past. A Memory Box filled with special keepsakes from past holidays, memorabilia, and souvenirs from special events, along with other significant items from the person’s past can help trigger recall and stimulate the senses. It can also provide you a valuable opportunity to learn about your loved one’s past.
When a family member is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it affects families in profound ways. As professional advocates and facilitators, geriatric care managers can help seniors and their loved ones create immediate and long-term care plans to manage their condition and other aging related ailments.
There are many components to caregiving, and many responsibilities that go along with it. Caregiving can be a very rewarding experience, but many caregivers often face challenges that leave them feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and alone.