As a family caregiver to an older adult, when you do something that makes your aging relative happy, it probably makes you feel pretty good.
Doing things for others might improve your sense of worth and bring you a sense of joy. Those are feelings that people need at any age, including well into old age. November 23 is Random Acts of Kindness Friday, so it’s the perfect day for caregivers and their aging relatives to spread some joy by committing unexpected ...
Dementia is the word that doctors use to describe brain changes that lead to memory loss, language, and the ability to make sound decisions.
Many people associate these kinds of brain changes with Alzheimer’s disease because it is perhaps the most well-known form of dementia. However, there are actually many other kinds of dementia.
Kinds of Dementia
Most types of dementia are caused by incurable diseases and are not reversible. A few are caused by things like medication side effects, emotional problems, alcohol consumption, ...
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is an uncomfortable condition that causes frequent heartburn.
It can also affect breathing and digestion. When an older adult is diagnosed with GERD, the doctor usually suggests that they change the way they eat to improve symptoms. However, since not all foods affect all people, in the same way, it can be difficult to know which ones your aging relative should avoid. Caffeine is one substance that people with GERD are sometimes told to strike from their ...
Being an effective family caregiver for an elderly adult who is living with a serious health issue such as diabetes means educating yourself, and knowing everything you can about the problems they could face as a part of this disease.
One issue is hypoglycemia. Often referred to as low blood sugar, hypoglycemia is something many people think of when they think about diabetes. While you may understand the concept of low blood sugar, it is important to understand what it has ...
Part of being a caregiver sometimes means troubleshooting your own stress-relief mechanisms to find the ones that work the best for you. Give these a try and see if they help you to have a better day the next day.
Look at Your "To Do" List and Cut it in Half
Very few people have what could be called a realistic "to do" list. Most people keep a running list of everything that they want to do and that list can take on ...
October 12 is World Arthritis Day.
It is very important to recognize the risk of this serious health issue and to take the steps necessary to protect your parent. As a family caregiver, educating yourself about the risks your senior faces enables you to better develop your care approach, choose your care network, and support your parent in living their highest quality of life possible as they age in place.
Some things you should know about arthritis include:
Arthritis is the leading cause ...
Receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer can be frightening and can make your senior feel as though they are completely out of control in their life. This can be not only upsetting, but scary, and even overwhelm your parent, and make it more difficult for them to know what to do moving forward. As a family caregiver, you can make a tremendous difference to your parent by empowering them throughout their fight with this disease.
By supporting your parent, and encouraging them ...
Elderly adults experience a lot of changes in their life, from retiring and developing health issues to financial challenges and the deaths of loved ones. It’s very easy for seniors to experience feelings of stress, sadness, frustration, and anger for a while before feeling better.
However, more elderly adults than ever are experiencing true depression that interferes with their daily life. If you think your elderly parent may be suffering from depression, you must educate yourself, so you know how to help ...
Family caregivers are often looking for ways to bring comfort and happiness to their aging relative. When their bodies start to decline due to age-related issues, seniors may struggle to walk, get up and down, or sleep all night due to aches and pains. They often need the help of family caregivers and elder care providers for day-to-day assistance. Many seniors are finding that a few massage therapy sessions can work wonders on their aching bodies. Studies show that massage therapy ...
Few chronic conditions can disrupt an elderly adult’s life more than dizziness.
Not only does moderate to severe dizzy spells signal that something isn’t right, they can prevent aging adults from living independently in their own home. Family caregivers that have an aging relative with chronic dizziness must work closely with the doctor to keep their loved one safe and comfortable as they try to navigate daily life with the condition.
What is Chronic Dizziness?
The sensation of spinning, lightheadedness and losing balance is ...