Articles tagged with: Support

Caregiving and Siblings: Tips for Success

Posted by: The Bristal

Working with your siblings to provide care for an aging parent can be challenging. A lack of time, unresolved childhood issues and financial disputes can all raise the level of tension in families. Added to that stress is how difficult it is to witness the decline of a senior loved one. To help adult children navigate through this situation, we assembled a few tips other families found helpful.

Tips for Siblings When an Aging Parent Needs Help

• Conduct a Needs Assessment: Begin by objectively assessing your senior family member’s needs. What personal care activities are they no longer … read more

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Creating Quality Time: Dementia and Improvisation

Posted by: The Bristal

Spending quality time with someone who has dementia can become more difficult as their disease progresses. Many times adult children and family members aren’t quite sure how to deal with issues that commonly arise. When a senior with Alzheimer’s disease fails to remember important things such as where their home is or that a spouse has passed away, it isn’t easy to know how to respond.

Alzheimer’s experts have long encouraged families to “step into their world.” But for many, that advice isn’t enough. They aren’t sure what that really means and how to do it. Interestingly enough, the answers … 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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Productive Inspiration: What the World Needs Now!

Posted by: The Bristal

As times grow increasingly challenging, and as a 24-hour cable news cycle fills the airwaves non-stop with often less-than-encouraging reports, it can all become rather overwhelming for us mere mortals to quite literally keep our chins up. And if it is difficult for us to keep our spirits up, imagine how much more demanding it becomes for seniors facing the same. What the world needs is a little inspiration, and we can find it in completing simple tasks everyday or by finally jumpstarting that personal goal.

How can we inspire ourselves to be more productive despite the exhausting realities we face … read more

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Healing the Pain of the Past

Posted by: The Bristal

Pain from our past can sometimes keep us from forging ahead to better days.

Memories that harbor pain can lead us down a slippery slope of blame, guilt, self-pity, anger, resentment and depression. Such unresolved pain is difficult to manage.

While embedded issues of emotional and psychological pain can in no way be “magically healed” through the words of a simple blog post, I’d like to share some interesting perspectives that I came across in a recent article in Senior Living magazine. They just might prove helpful.

The strategy was broken down into 10 facts that help recast how we think about … 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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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.

Recognizing the Different Types of … read more

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Alzheimer’s Aggression: 8 Tips for Defusing Aggressive Behavior

Posted by: The Bristal

A recent study of residents moving into memory care communities revealed some interesting information. Despite the fact that more women are being diagnosed with dementia, men are moving into memory care assisted living communities at a rate that is 14% faster than women.

The study looked at seniors who moved between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2014. They found that when men need memory care services, 8% of the time it is because of wandering and 30% due to problems with aggression. Both can be challenging behaviors for family caregivers to try to manage at home. Defusing aggressive behavior … read more

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National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Posted by: The Bristal

What Can YOU Do? . . . with a Little Imagination, Lots!

Do you have a loved one facing Alzheimer’s disease, symptoms of dementia or other memory-related issues? Would you like to do something in your community this November to help bring attention to these issues in support of NADAM — National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and Family Caregiver Month® — helping to raise much needed funds for ongoing research?

If the answer is yes, but you’re not sure what to do or even where to begin, here’s the first step you should take: visit the official Web site of the … read more

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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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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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Your Guide to Choosing an Assisted Living Community

Posted by: The Bristal

When someone makes the decision that it is time to move to an assisted living community, people often struggle to figure out where to begin the search. It can be an intimidating process. We’ve assembled this guide to choosing an assisted living community to help you get started.

7 Steps to Choosing an Assisted Living Community

These steps will make it easier for you to organize your search for an assisted living community and to ultimately make an informed decision.

1. Ask friends, family and colleagues. Word of mouth recommendations are a great place to start. Asking for advice from people you … read more

Posted in: Transitioning to Assisted Living
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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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