For those with dementia, finding alternative methods of expression and connection are important in overcoming any potential verbal communication challenges. Art therapy is an inclusive and creative strategy that provides outlets to share one’s emotions, experiences and needs.
As a parent or close family member ages, you could be thrust into the role of primary caregiver, often with minimal experience of what this entails. You might feel overwhelmed or unsure of how to cope with your loved one’s increasing needs, especially in the case of memory loss and cognitive decline from Alzheimer’s or dementia.
The practices of mindfulness and meditation are widely utilized by many individuals seeking to reduce symptoms of anxiety in their daily routines. For those diagnosed with dementia and their network of caregivers, this same practice can have many positive benefits. As research continues to develop, scientists have found multiple links between mindfulness, anxiety, and dementia.
When your loved one is dealing with dementia or Alzheimer’s, it’s important to make sure they get the care they need. At the earlier stages, respite care or in-home options may be enough. But as the condition progresses, you’ll need help with dementia care from trained professionals —for both of your sakes. One of the best options for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia is a long-term memory care community with expertly-trained, specialized staff. We’ve put together the following guide to help you through this process.
Dementia caregiving can be demanding, no matter the circumstances. A caregiver who finds themself homebound with a loved one faces particularly challenging conditions. Whether stuck indoors due to illness, mobility issues, weather, or a global pandemic—here are five tips to help caregiving for dementia when you’re homebound. Fortunately, all five tips have clear benefits for both the caregiver and their loved one.
Every year, around ten million people are diagnosed with dementia. As the population continues to age, the need for culturally sensitive dementia care increases as well. It’s not enough to simply provide memory care that offers one-size-fits-all solutions. Instead, it’s necessary to celebrate the diversity in the older population to ensure the best possible dementia treatments.
For those with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or another form of cognitive decline, in many cases, memory care is the most beneficial and realistic living option. Memory care communities offer the right balance of assistance and amenities so that a resident’s medical and lifestyle needs can be treated with expert-level care, without taking their sense of agency. However, in the past, family members or significant others worried about their loved ones feeling isolated in a memory care community. The evolution of senior living is such that inclusive couple-friendly memory care options are now available.
When someone you love has Parkinson’s Disease (PD), you see just how the diagnosis affects their life. Symptoms like poor balance, rigid movements, and tremors become part of their daily living. Throughout this difficult time, your loved one will require additional help and support to maintain their health and quality of life. Your role as a caregiver is definitely not an easy one, but here are six tips to help you with the process of caring for Parkinson’s.
The holiday season is known for family closeness, traditions, and memories. However, if you have a parent or relative with dementia, this time of year can also be difficult. As a caregiver, it’s often tough to balance entertaining, hosting, and gift-giving, with the particular needs of your loved one. For the person who has dementia, all the faces, noises, activities, and other stimuli can lead to anxiety, confusion, or overwhelm. Adjustment to this “new normal” can bring a sense of loss or even grief for the entire family, remembering how the holidays used to be.
Happy National Caregivers Month! In the US alone, more than 40 million people provide care for a loved one. Caregiving can be a difficult, timeconsuming, and taxing job—often unpaid and under-appreciated. In the month of November, we take the time to recognize and honor the efforts of caregivers around the world!
As dementia and Alzheimer’s progress, one of the biggest concerns caregivers face is the increased risk of falling. There are many reasons for this. One major factor is cognitive decline. As memory declines, those with dementia will forget about obstacles in their path. They also forget their own limitations. For example, your loved one may not remember that they cannot walk by themselves from their favorite spot in the family room to the bathroom. They’ll attempt to get up on their own like they’ve always done and could end up falling.
Alzheimer’s affects families of all shapes and sizes, specifically when it comes to caregiving. Last year, friends and family of those affected with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related conditions provided nearly 18.1 billion hours of unpaid work via caregiving, according to recent reports.
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