Articles tagged with: Caregiving

Discharge Planning: A Guide to a Smoother Transition

Posted by: The Bristal

If you or a senior loved one are in the hospital or are preparing for a scheduled surgery, planning for discharge is a vital part of the recovery process. Utilizing the right resources for follow-up care can be especially important in helping prevent older adults from being readmitted to the hospital.

Good discharge planning can help patients make a smoother transition to the next step of their recovery. Failing to plan can have the opposite effect. One study found that, on discharge from the hospital, 30% of patients have at … read more

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Our Place Memory Cafe

Posted by: Kate Schneider, Reflections Programming Specialist

A Place to Be Yourself

On a sunny afternoon, couples gathered at Butera’s Restaurant in Sayville, in a room that we would come to find out was once known as the “Music Room.”

The Our Place Memory Cafe is designed after a wonderful idea crafted in the Netherlands in 1997. Dr. Bere Miessen, a psychologist from Holland, recognized the need for people living with a diagnosis of Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease to continue to have a social connection. It is equally important for people caring for a loved one with this diagnosis to have a place to relax, socialize, share … read more

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Alzheimer’s & Wandering: Understanding & Preparing

Posted by: The Bristal

Researchers believe wandering is linked to the person’s inability to communicate their needs. If you are the adult child or caregiver for a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, wandering is probably one of the behaviors that keep you up at night worrying. You have no doubt heard stories about caregivers turning their back only for a minute to answer the phone. When they turned back, their loved had vanished. Despite caregivers’ best efforts, experts from the Alzheimer’s Association estimate that six in ten people who have the disease will wander. Just as troubling are the … read more

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7 Home Safety Tips for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by: The Bristal

When a parent or senior family member lives with Alzheimer’s disease, home safety can be a constant concern. For most families, there will come a day when the difficult decision about where their loved one will live will have to be made. Adult children often try to move a loved one into their home for a while before they move them to a memory care assisted living community. While Alzheimer’s experts typically recommend any change in their environment to be made in the earliest stages of the disease, seniors often resist. If you find yourself in the position of moving … read more

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Elderly Bathing and Personal Hygiene: Tips for Caregivers

Posted by: The Bristal

One of the most difficult aspects of caring for a senior loved one.

Settle on a bathing schedule.

For caregivers and their aging family member, personal care time can be emotionally and physically exhausting. The physical act of providing care is strenuous in that it requires lifting and transferring. It can also be psychologically strenuous. Aging parents are generally embarrassed and sad that an adult child has to give them a bath or dress them, and children are heartbroken from having to do so.

If you are struggling to find a way to manage the personal care needs for a … read more

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Tips when Traveling with a Loved One who has Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by: The Bristal

Planning is generally the key to having a relaxing, enjoyable summer vacation with family.

Planning is generally the key to having a relaxing, enjoyable summer vacation with family.

When a senior loved one who will be a part of this year’s trip has Alzheimer’s disease, adult children are often unsure about how to best prepare for the getaway. Keeping them safe when they are out of their familiar environment is one of the biggest challenges for Alzheimer’s caregivers. Managing difficult behaviors such as agitation is another. We thought it would help to pull together ten of the best tips … read more

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Organizing Your Medical Records: Helpful Tips & Tools

Posted by: The Bristal

Keeping important health information organized can be a challenge at any age.

Seniors often juggle multiple medications.

As we grow older, it becomes even more complex. Seniors often juggle multiple medications, a variety of physicians and specialists, and a more complicated medical history. Adult children often worry about how well their senior loved one is doing managing it all.

What We Know About Older Adults and Medical History Management

If your aging parent is like most, they have considerable faith in the advice their physician gives them. That often leads to an overreliance on their doctor that isn’t very realistic in … read more

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Dealing with Dementia: Creating Successful Moments

Posted by: Kate Schneider, Reflections Programming Specialist

As a first step towards dealing with dementia, it’s important to know that Alzheimer’s disease and dementia affect memories in different ways.

In order to promote successful moments in our loved one’s day, we must understand the very basic two categories of long-term memory. Please note that our brain and the matter in which our memory functions is very complex and miraculous. But if we can understand the basic differences of Procedural and Declarative memory we can better assist our loved ones with dementia.

Procedural (IMPLICIT) Memory (How to do something)

According to Steven P. Levin, MD “procedural memory is the most basic … read more

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Tips for Senior Caregivers

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Maryellen,

Tips for Caregivers

I need help. My 85 year old father resides with me and my family. He has early signs of dementia and often times gets frustrated and lashes out at my family. I’m Dad’s full-time caregiver, I manage the house and tend to my kids. My siblings are out of state so Dad’s daily needs are dropped in my lap. I love my dad dearly but I am exhausted and need help. -Sue, Westbury, NY

Dear Sue,

I’m so glad you are reaching out. Caring for an elderly parent is difficult and very demanding. First and foremost, … read more

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Technology that Helps Seniors and their Caregivers

Posted by: The Bristal

Many of us have the belief that you can’t learn new things when you get older. Technology is proving otherwise.

As more tech products and health care apps were being introduced on the market, the question of whether seniors would be willing to learn how to use them was often raised. Now we know unequivocally the answer is yes. Senior citizens are embracing the latest technology for the variety of benefits it brings to their lives. The experts at Pew Research found that over half of adults age 65 or older are using the internet and email. Almost half of them … read more

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Stress Free Holiday For Your Senior

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Readers,

The holiday season is a time for families and friends to get together and enjoy each other’s company. However, for some senior citizens, holiday gathering can be stressful, confusing and depressing if their physical, mental and emotional needs are not taken into consideration. CareLink.org offers the following tips to make holiday gatherings easier for you and your senior loved one:

Keep family events short. Sometimes it takes a great deal of energy for some senior citizens to get dressed for a family event. By the time they get there, they are already exhausted.
Don’t give your senior too many options … read more

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Seniors

Posted by: The Bristal

Finding the perfect holiday gift for the senior in your life can be a challenge. They seem to have everything and not want anything. So what do you get them? Let’s start with these two tips: be sensitive to their individual needs & capabilities and be practical yet thoughtful. In case you’re at a loss here are some gift ideas:

Framed family photo or digital photo frame.
Gifts to warm the body such as a handmade quilt or slippers.
DVD collection of old movies to take them down memory lane.
Games & puzzles to keep their mind sharp.
Lap desk to hold reading material, … read more

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Common Symptoms Of Depression

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Maryellen,

I’ve been worried about my Mom more than usual these days. My dad died 18 months ago and she lives alone. They were married for 54 years and were rarely apart. I know she is still grieving, but I’m afraid it is more than that. How do I know if this is normal grief or depression?  -Susan B.

Dear Susan,

My condolences on the loss of your father. I’m sure these are still difficult days for your family, especially if you are concerned about your mother too. Distinguishing between grief and depression can be challenging. Grieving follows no timetable, especially … read more

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Sibling Struggles: Caregiving Tips

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Maryellen,

My 94-year-old mother suffers from a variety of health problems that make it difficult for her to care for herself. She insists on staying in her home instead of moving to senior living. She has lived there for almost 50 years. The problem is that my brother just won’t help with her care and won’t even take her to doctor appointments. I love my mother and want to care for her. That isn’t the issue. The issue is that I am getting more and more resentful of my brother. I’m afraid I will say something I might really … read more

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Caregiving & Mesothelioma

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Readers,

Here is some important information about a disease that inflicts Seniors and other populations that have been exposed to asbestos poisoning. This article was sent to me last week by Kelsey Rathbun from The Mesothelioma Center.

The Importance of Mesothelioma Caregivers
The role that caregivers play in the life of someone with mesothelioma cannot be understated. Whether the primary caregiver is a family member, a friend or a neighbor, the responsibilities of this role directly affect the quality of life of the person fighting this disease.

Mesothelioma caregivers are engaged to provide physical and emotional support during the most critical periods of … read more

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