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.
What is Sundowning?
Sundowning, or sundowners syndrome, is a common symptom of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The syndrome is not a disease in itself, but rather a pattern of behavior that occurs at a specific time of day. read more…
With approximately 43.5 million people providing unpaid care in the last 12 months, caregiver burnout is becoming a more common occurrence. Taking care of a loved one can be a time-consuming experience with little to no downtime. This tends to result in caregivers putting their loved one’s needs ahead of their own. read more…
An interview with neuroscientist Dr. Lisa Mosconi gained attention in recent months. The interview causes concern for middle-aged women because it links menopause to Alzheimer’s disease. Mosconi highlights that medical research for women often focuses on reproductive health and breast cancer. However, research on women’s brains is lacking. Dr. Mosconi aims to change that and to spread awareness about Alzheimer’s and its effect on women.
The summer season often brings lots of sunshine, but it can also bring dangerously high temperatures and extreme weather. Older adults are more prone to heat stress, so they should be exceedingly careful with activities in the heat.This summer, find activities that keep aging adults cool, yet also on-the-move and engaged. Try these nine safe summer activities for seniors during the warmer months.
Aromatherapy and essential oils have been in use for generations to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, insomnia and depression. Essential oils can also boost memory, improve moods and ease agitation in patients living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. To learn more about this practice, read our guide on the benefits of aromatherapy and essential oils for memory care.
(Hint: Both Can Help Caregivers Too)
Mindfulness and meditation are two activities that individuals of any age or physical ability can enjoy to nurture their body and mind. The practices have been successful in both senior and memory care. The caregivers that are watching over their loved ones can also experience positive benefits.
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