As a dementia caregiver, one of your role’s most complex and emotionally demanding aspects is managing the intricate web of relationships and family dynamics surrounding your loved one. Dementia’s progression can create significant family challenges, ranging from disagreements about care decisions to the emotional toll it takes on everyone involved. Navigating this terrain requires patience, empathy, and effective communication. In this journey, caregivers often find themselves not only tending to the needs of their loved one but also acting as mediators, educators, and emotional anchors within the family unit. This guide offers insights and strategies to help you foster understanding, harmony, and support among family members while providing the best care possible for your loved one with dementia.
One of the biggest struggles of dementia caregiving is challenging behavior. The most common advice is, "Don't take it personally." And while this advice is correct, it is understandably tough when it is your loved one or spouse.
If you are visiting a loved one providing primary care, we have offered ten ways you can help lift the load while you are in town.
What is Alzheimer's? Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases. Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging. The greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority [...]
Have you noticed a senior loved one's home is unkept or other worrying signs? Seniors are often reluctant to admit they need help. It's likely if you see minor signs, other issues are growing. Don't wait to have the conversation! Adult children can introduce home health care to their parents with light tasks like [...]
Are you taking care of a loved one from home? AARP's November 2021 "Home and Community Preferences" survey showed that two-thirds of U.S. adults, and more than three-quarters of those age 50-plus, want to stay in their homes as they get older. Family caregiving is the primary way this wish is made a reality. The 2020 Caregiving in [...]
It is difficult to watch the ones you love struggle to perform daily tasks that they used to do with ease. However, while arthritis is not curable, there are many options for improving quality of life. There are over 100 variants of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, scleroderma, and ankylosing spondylitis. Arthritis is [...]
Whether it’s to stay healthy, in social gatherings with friends, or as an expression of our creativity, food is central to our days and happiness. Most people have food-related stories around their social events or holidays. However, as we age, sometimes that joy is diminished by our body’s decreased capacity to intake nutrients, mechanical issues with [...]
Emergency officials are urging residents to develop a family plan and take steps to safeguard their homes. Step 1: Make a family plan. Have a family meeting to talk about the hurricane. Decide where the family will stay during the storm. Together, develop a list of preparation tasks. Step 2. Stock a disaster supply kit. [...]
Are you searching for ways to include a senior loved one in holiday activities? Covid-19 makes family gathering challenging! However, it is still possible to make aging loved ones feel included, especially if you are all under the same roof. Create family costumes from household items. Decorate the porch for trick or treaters. Make sure [...]