Caregivers of Older Adults

Communication and Memory Loss: Support for Caregivers

Posted on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 12:09 PM

Communicating with a person with memory loss can be difficult, but the right strategies can bridge the gap and foster a more fulfilling relationship between you and your aging loved one. If you're struggling to connect with a an aging loved one or parent suffering from  Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or an alternate memory challenge, these techniques can help.

Engaging with your loved one in an encouraging and patient manner will help minimize feelings of frustration.

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Topics: Stress, Caregiver Info, Dementia

5 Ways for Family Caregivers to Connect With Aging Loved Ones

Posted on Sat, May 16, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

As a caregiver, you may be caring for someone who is unable to recall what he had for lunch earlier today, yet they may well be able to recount events from long ago. Not only is the act of reminiscing a valuable part of adding to your collection of cherished family stories, but it can also help you strengthen your connection while keeping your loved one's mind active. Here are five simple ways for caregivers and those they are caring for to take a walk down memory lane.

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Topics: Caregiver Info, Dementia

Dental Hygiene and the Elderly

Posted on Thu, May 14, 2015 @ 02:40 PM

Seniors are at increased risk for a number of different oral health concerns ranging from unnecessary tooth loss to life-threatening diseases. Let's take a look at dental hygiene and the elderly - common dental health issues and what caregivers can do to help the one they are caring for enjoy better dental health.

Tooth loss isn't necessarily a fact
of life for seniors thanks to preventative care.

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Topics: Senior Health, Caregiver Info, Elder Care Issues, Health

Dealing with Dementia: Coping with Challenging Behaviors

Posted on Sat, May 09, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

Caregivers are often frustrated when trying to care for people with challenging dementia related behaviors. As those we care for lose their abilities to think clearly, communicate, remember things, and take care of themselves, they can also experience mood swings and changes in temperament and behavior. Let's take a closer look at the concept of "normal," when it comes to dementia, along with a few valuable coping methods for elder caregivers.

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Topics: Dementia

Taking Care of Yourself: Help For Caregivers and Stress

Posted on Thu, May 07, 2015 @ 09:59 AM

All caregivers have heard this advice at one point or another: "Make sure to take care of yourself." Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. While you can't snap your fingers and make stress disappear, you can utilize certain techniques and resources to manage stress, lower anxiety, and ultimately improve quality of life for both you and your loved one. 

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Topics: Caregiver Info, Elder Care Issues

Caring for Difficult Parents: Caregiver Help

Posted on Fri, May 01, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Whether you've always shared a challenging relationship or his or her personality has changed with age, dealing with a difficult parent can make caregiving incredibly hard. While you can't change them, you aren't powerless in this situation. Instead, consider these six tips to help you provide the best care in the most comfortable setting for your difficult parent. Caring for difficult parents is not easy - but knowledge and understanding can help.

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Topics: Caregiver Info, Elder Care Issues

The Fundamentals of Peri-care: What Every Caregiver Needs to Know

Posted on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 @ 02:52 PM

While peri-care can initially be intimidating, it is a very important part of the private caregiver/patient relationship. Let's take a closer look at the importance of perineal care, as well as how to perform this critical duty to ensure the ongoing health of your loved one.

Why is Peri-care Important?

Peri-care -- also known as perineal care -- involves cleaning the private areas of a patient. Because this area is prone to infection, it must be cleaned at least daily, and more if your loved one suffers from incontinence. Typical times to perform peri-care include as part of daily bathing, after the use of the bedpan, and following episodes of incontinence.

Regular peri-care can not only minimize odors, it can also can help prevent urinary tract, bladder and kidney infections

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Topics: Caregiver Info, Elder Care Issues, Health

7 Reasons to Make 'Em Laugh: The Health Benefits of Humor for Seniors

Posted on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

The expression "laughter is the best medicine," is commonly said and heard. But do you know the health benefits of  humor and the fact that laughter actually has proven healing effects? This article counts down seven reasons why laughter is truly the best medicine for your aging loved one. Even better? Maintaining a sense of humor offers valuable help for caregivers, too! 

1.  Blood Pressure Reduction

Approximately two out of every three people over the age of 60 have high blood pressure, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Laughter increases vascular blood flow helping to lower blood pressure in the process. Because of this, a good guffaw is an effective defense against heart disease.

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Topics: Senior Health, Caregiver Info, Elder Care Issues

How to care for the caregiver!

Posted on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 @ 02:46 PM

“Caregiving is universal. There are only four kinds of people in the world: 
those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers,
and those who will need caregivers.”  Rosalyn Carter

Becoming a caregiver to another person is not only labor and time intensive but it also comes with a significant amount of responsibility. Are you caring for a family member? Are you a professional caregiver caring for someone on a daily basis? Or, are you just a loyal and trusted friend who has taken on the responsibility of caring for someone in need? Regardless of who you are caring for and your own personal caregiving circumstances, it is essential to care for the caregiver while caring for another person. Caring for yourself could simply mean accepting help from others or taking time for yourself away from your caregiver responsibilities.  

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Topics: Senior Health, Caregiver Info, Elder Care Issues

Caregiver Support Starts with Love: 4 Keys to Self Care

Posted on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

A whopping three-quarters of caregivers report feeling physical, emotional or financial strain at some point during a year's span of caregiving. Unfortunately, these stresses can lead to long-term health and wellness complications. There are some things you can do, however, to mitigate stress and enjoy a balanced quality of life. It all begins with self care and that begins with loving yourself enough to take care of yourself too. Read on for four important ways to take better care of yourself while preventing caregiver stress syndrome.

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Topics: Stress, Caregiver Info

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