Articles tagged with: Caregiving

Benefits of a Memory Care Support Group

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Memory care support groups offer an opportunity for caregivers, family, friends or those with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia to provide support to one another in group settings. In meetings held at regular intervals and led either by trained facilitators or a group member, the groups offer people in similar circumstances the chance to share practical advice and coping skills, as well as to discuss feelings, concerns and frustrations.

Some people dealing with the onset of memory loss withdraw from social activities because it can be a painful reminder of their daily challenges. In a memory care support … read more

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Daily Living Tips to Help Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease

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Alzheimer’s disease can have an impact on daily living. There are some practical tips that the caregiver of a person who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease may find useful in helping to maintain their loved one’s independence.

At times, your loved one may become frustrated because the daily tasks that were once easy to carry out have now become difficult. It can be valuable if a caregiver understands that a certain level of patience, love and support are needed in helping a person with Alzheimer’s disease take on tasks each day.

Here is some advice from the Alzheimer’s Association, … read more

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Organization Tips for the Caregiver of an Aging Parent

Posted by: The Bristal

The practice of staying organized can help anyone at almost any age, but it is particularly beneficial when it comes to taking care of an aging parent. For caregivers, balancing responsibilities at home and work can be challenging because they may feel they’re being pulled in two different directions. Also, a caregiver may be overwhelmed upon discovering the full scope of what is involved in the caregiving process. However, the organization tips below can help provide caregivers with a tighter focus and a better handle on their loved one’s circumstances, while alleviating some of the potential stress.

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Things to Consider When Deciding to Be a Caregiver for an Aging Parent

Posted by: The Bristal

If you’re thinking about becoming a caregiver, there are certain tangible and intangible factors that should be carefully considered before taking on this important role. In this blog, we take a look at the intangible influences that commonly affect the relationship between a caregiver and an aging loved one. Becoming a caregiver for a loved one can sometimes trigger certain emotions and feelings, so it may be beneficial to consider the following factors.

• The Way You Communicate Might Change. If you decide become a caregiver, you may sometimes find it challenging to communicate with an aging … read more

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Storytelling: How to Deal with Dementia and Reach Your Loved One

Posted by: The Bristal

Remember how you loved making up stories as a child? Some scientists believe that human beings are hardwired to tell, hear and connect through stories.

The magic of stories extends to people with memory impairment too. New research suggests that creative storytelling activities for seniors with dementia can improve the quality of in-person interactions, as well as the overall quality of life.

How Creative Storytelling Works

The concept is simple: a caregiver shows a humorous photo to an individual or group of people with memory loss, and helps them improvise and tell a story about the image. The caregiver asks questions, and as … read more

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How to Dispose of Medication Safely

Posted by: The Bristal

If your medicine cabinet is full of old, unused and expired medications, it’s time for a clean sweep. That’s because old meds can become less effective, fall into the wrong hands (like the grandchildren’s) or poison a pet. But it’s not a good idea to just toss the pills in the trash or flush them. There are important safeguards you should follow when disposing of medications—to protect yourself, your family and potentially even the environment. (Nobody wants meds in their water supply!) So here’s your quick and simple guide for proper medication disposal.

Option 1: Find a Drop Box

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Activities for Seniors with Dementia: How to Create Quality Time

Posted by: The Bristal

Coming up with meaningful activities for seniors with dementia takes thought, care, and understanding. Your loved one may have difficulty following directions or joining a conversation. Outings and social gatherings might overwhelm or confuse them. Behavior can prove unpredictable.

Still, finding ways to occupy and engage your loved one is essential to maintaining quality of life. By focusing on what the person can do, rather than what they cannot do, and choosing activities appropriate to the person’s current stage, you can improve your chances of success.

Follow the Stage of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia typically progress gradually through three … read more

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Memory Books: Telling Your Senior’s Life Story

Posted by: The Bristal

“I wish you had known Mom when she was younger.”

“If only you could have gotten to know Dad before the Alzheimer’s.”

Have you ever said something like this? Sometimes you may feel as if Alzheimer’s or dementia has not only stolen memories but also diminished part of what made your loved one special. You may long for ways to preserve those memories and keep them alive.

One avenue for doing that is creating a “memory book”—a homemade compilation of photos, stories, and mementoes that help tell the life history of a person with dementia. A memory book can help create a … read more

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Young Caregivers: A Growing Population

Posted by: The Bristal

Most of us associate caregivers with images of an elderly spouse or an adult daughter. But an estimated 1.3 to 1.4 million youth between the ages of eight and eighteen provide care for a loved one with a health condition. According to the American Association of Youth Caregiving, 72% of them are caring for a parent or grandparent on a regular basis. In a study commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 22% of high school drop-outs said caregiving duties were the reason they left school.

For some younger caregivers, the parent or grandparent they provide support to … read more

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Caregiving and Marriage: 7 Tips for Achieving a Healthy Balance

Posted by: The Bristal

Reportedly, nurturing their marriage is one of the greatest challenges family caregivers encounter when caring for an aging loved one. The stress, fears and frustration that come with being a caregiver can take a real toll on relationships. The non-caregiving partner may feel as if they are being ignored or that they are often on the receiving end of their spouse’s misplaced anger. The caregiving partner may be frustrated at what they perceive is a lack of understanding or support. Finding a healthy balance between caring for a senior loved one and maintaining a happy marriage takes work.

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Balancing Work and Caregiving: Survival Tips for Adult Children

Posted by: The Bristal

As our population continues to gray, more and more adult children find themselves juggling the demands of a busy career with the responsibilities of caring for an aging parent. The term “sandwich generation” was coined to describe that very situation. According to Care.com, more than 65 million people in the U.S. consider themselves to be family caregivers. 25.5 million of them are trying to balance work with caregiving.

Juggling Work Responsibilities with Caregiving

Research from The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shows that 21% of employees who take sick days, do so to handle family issues including caregiving. Even if … read more

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Tips to Help Alzheimer’s Caregivers Overcome Social Isolation

Posted by: The Bristal

Adult children who care for an aging parent living with Alzheimer’s disease often fail to recognize how isolated they have become. Unusual and unpredictable behavior associated with Alzheimer’s can create challenges when socializing outside of the home. Being concerned a loved one with dementia will wander or become overly agitated makes it difficult to take them shopping or out for lunch. These challenges and others may cause family caregivers to slowly distance themselves from friends and family.

Overcoming social isolation can feel like an uphill battle when a senior loved one needs so much support. There are, … read more

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Signs of Elder Abuse & What to Do About It

Posted by: The Bristal

It is estimated that one in ten older adults may experience elder abuse. In 90% of these cases, a family member is the abuser. If the senior lives with dementia, abuse by a caregiver is even more common. Studies show that as many as 50% of older adults with Alzheimer’s have suffered abuse at the hands of a caregiver.

The keys to reversing this trend are: understanding the different kinds of mistreatment, being educated about warning signs of each type of elder abuse, and understanding what to do if you suspect a senior is being abused.

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Communicating with Your Aging Parent

Posted by: The Bristal

Adult children often struggle to find ways to communicate effectively with an aging parent. The reasons why range from how difficult the topics they may need to tackle are, to how hard it is for older adults to accept the losses that often occur with aging. While an adult child might be experiencing their peak performance at work and fulfillment at home, an elderly parent may be giving up driving and experiencing problems with their health. They may be trying to maintain control of independence as much as they can. The result can be friction and conflict.

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How to De-stress for the Holidays: Senior Care Tips from the Pros

Posted by: The Bristal

The holidays are a special time of year, where families and friends gather together to express their love and gratitude for one another. But let’s face it: They can sometimes be really “special” — as in outright stressful, and not only for caregivers of the elderly, but also, and more importantly, for the seniors in their care.

With a couple of key strategies in place, a skillfully open and flexible perspective, and the pure desire to enjoy each other’s company during this holiday season, it can be an amazing experience. It’s all about knowing how.

There are literally countless tips you … read more

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