Being a family caregiver for your elder loved one is stressful. In fact, adults who take on the responsibility of caring for their elder parent are much more likely to experience stress and its consequences than those who don't. This stress is increased dramatically when your parent is dealing with a serious health issue, a progressive challenge, or otherwise has serious needs.
It is essential for you to manage this emotional stress in healthy, constructive ways so you can protect your mental, ...
Seasonal depression is also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). People with SAD experience symptoms of depression that are associated with changing seasons. Most of the time, SAD occurs during the fall and winter months. Doctors aren’t sure why some people get SAD, but it may have to do with the way changing seasons affect the body’s internal clock, or circadian rhythm. Whatever the cause, it can be difficult to live with seasonal depression.
If your older family member has SAD, ...
As a family caregiver, you need all the support you can get. Feeling supported reduces the risk for mental and emotional consequences such as depression, stress, and anxiety, and gives you the motivation and perseverance to work through the challenges of this care relationship.
While there are many resources to give you the support, one of the most meaningful and beneficial sources can be your partner. Relying on your partner to provide emotional support not only helps you to be a better ...
Over time, your elderly adult may slowly start to lose her hearing. Sure, that makes some things more difficult for her, but is it really that important? It turns out that her hearing affects so many aspects of your senior's life.
Hearing Loss Affects Relationships
You might look at hearing loss as simply an inconvenience or something that makes life occasionally more difficult for her. But hearing loss can do so much more than that. Her relationships with you and with other people ...
Your aging adult might not see the reasons at first for hiring senior care providers. She may argue that she's just fine or that she has help from you or from other family members. It can help her to understand just how senior care can directly offer her some significant benefits. From there, she may find it much more appealing an option.
Your Senior Can Stay at Home
Staying in their own home is a huge goal for most aging adults. If that's ...
The average caregiver tends to have an unbalanced relationship with respite time. It's something that caregivers know that they need, but emotions and logistics often get in the way. If that's been the case for you, these tips might help you to determine a better way to approach getting the time away from caregiving that you need.
Make Technology Work for You
Technology can be far more helpful for you than you might realize when it comes to respite time. An electronic calendar ...
Aging in place. It's a term you hear when planning homecare services. It's something many senior citizens insist they want. What does it really mean?
The CDC defines aging in place this way. It's being able to remain in your family home regardless of your retirement income, your abilities, or your age. You're supposed to be able to remain in your home safely, comfortably, and independently. It means your parents should be able to remain in the family home without fear or ...
Weather changes are wonderful, but they can also bring with them conditions that can affect your elder's immune system. That happens mainly because those changes wear your senior down. Here's what you can do to help her avoid that problem.
Check out What She's Eating and Drinking
Proper nutrition is crucial for keeping your senior's immune system as strong as possible. This means that she needs to be eating healthy foods and she needs to be eating them regularly. She also needs to ...
Your mom needs home care. She struggles to keep the floors swept and mopped. She can't carry laundry down to the basement since her fall. She forgets to take her medications. Her doctor said her vision is worsening and driving when it's dark is not advisable.
It's clear home care aides are needed, but your mom already lives from paycheck to paycheck. You have no idea where to find the money that's needed for home care services.
Here are some suggestions.
Look at Cost-Cutting ...
You know that feeling you get when you put on your favorite outfit or have a “good hair day?” It just makes you happier, doesn’t it? You feel good about yourself and it gives your confidence and self-image a boost. Well, older adults have those feelings, too.
Now, imagine that you couldn’t drive yourself to get a hair cut or buy new clothes. Or, what if your clothing choices were limited because your fingers were incapable of manipulating buttons or you couldn’t ...