The main goal for any caregiver should be to take care of himself or herself first, so they can continue to do their best for the person they are caring for. To do that, they must move through the process of learning what to do and how to do it as quickly as possible while avoiding additional stress from confusion and poor choices. The best way? – to learn from the mistakes of others.
Some of our elderly needlessly end up broke. Many others pass along much less to their heirs and beneficiaries than they had planned, worked and saved for during their income producing years. They didn’t just wake up one morning and decide to deplete their accounts nor was there a major event that took everything they had. It happened gradually and was barely noticeable, if at all, until it was too late.
According to the American Psychological Association, “… one of the most difficult problems family members face is achieving a balance between respecting an older adult's autonomy and intervening before self-neglect becomes dangerous.” Many seniors enjoy expanding their social circles and many prefer to shrink them. When they want to stay home all of the time, it can be a sign that something else is going on and it could be the early stages of self-neglect. Caregivers must be alert to this and take steps to ensure the well-being of their loved ones. Here's how.
Thankfulness, Love, Peace, Joy, Family, and Friends are the ingredients of a happy holiday season. Stress is not. Any undue pressure caregivers put on themselves to make everything perfect is nothing more than a negative whirlwind of emotions that lead to unrealistic expectations, overspending, mental fatigue and physical exhaustion. Even if your loved one has dementia, you can, and should, have a good time.
Betty’s family thought she was lazy and just didn’t want to do the exercises, but that probably wasn’t the reason. Whatever the source of her resistance, no one could get through to Betty with enough information that would motivate her; even though it would have reduced her pain and even saved her life. Talking seldom works. Find out how to help someone recover from couch potato syndrome.
Is there any time of the year when your family enjoys the aromas coming from your kitchen more than at holiday time? The scents of favorite meals, warm bread, pastries and candy not only bring on anticipation but some of our fondest memories as well. Yet, for sons and daughters of people with dementia, it could also bring on heightened levels of anxiety over mom’s safety.
November is National Family Caregivers Month. This year’s theme is, “Take Care to Give Care” meaning that caregivers ought to practice the things that keep them in good physical, emotional and spiritual health so they can be at their best when doing for others. Who will take care of your loved one if you aren’t able? Caregivers must make their own needs priority one: but it isn't easy.
When Living Alone Is No Longer an Option
“We need to talk about my mom” has almost become cliché, but what happens next is as different as individual snowflakes. Situations are never identical in the world of caregiving and family dynamics can make getting to solutions a difficult, winding and stressful process. However, you won't go wrong if you . . .
Hey, it's Friday. Is there a better day to see what's going on in the world of articles and blogs for the past week? Today's post will offer our top picks in eight categories. We are passing along links to informative and entertaining articles we hope you can use as you continue to improve the quality of your life and the lives of all family members.
Before any work begins or before anything I do for myself, I have to take my loved one's vitals and perform other monitoring, make decisions about which medications are needed at the moment and the level of dosing. It’s not the activity that creates consternation for me, but the stress of knowing that once administered, there’s nothing I can do to stop any negative effects. I can only wait a short while before leaving for work so I only hope that my calculations were correct. Once there, I have to try to focus on my job. If you're like me ... read on.