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Sometimes a caregiver is a combination of maid, doctor, spiritual adviser and amateur detective. You have to wear many different hats, and sometimes doing those things for your parents can feel awkward. No matter how old we get, our parents are still our parents and it can feel uncomfortable turning over responsibilities.
One thing parents are fiercely independent ...Continue Reading →
The job of becoming the primary caregiver for your aging parent is universally recognized as one of the most difficult transitions we will go through. To start with, it’s hard to go through the reversal of parent and child. All your life, mom or dad were the strong ones. They were the ones you ran to for help and who were always there to tell you…
“It’s ok. Everything will be all right.”
But now as your parent ...
Being home for the holidays is a great time to review your senior loved ones health and living situation. Check out this infographic below about what to look for,
If you notice your loved one is having trouble remembering to take their medications or keeping them organized, Alert Response can help. Check out our medication dispensers. They can set up to four daily ...Continue Reading →
If the job of being a caregiver only involved giving help to your aging parent, such as doing the dishes and helping fill out the Medicare paperwork, your life would be considerably easier. And if that were the case, even if there was a lot to do, the problem of caregiver burn out would not be such an issue.
But the real drain on you and your loved one comes from the emotional toll that the ...Continue Reading →
“Old people need a lot of pills.”
That was a statement made by the grandson of a senior client. While we all got a chuckle out if it – kid’s say the darndest things, right? – it was a crude, but sometimes correct observation. The truth is that senior citizens sometimes to find themselves taking a handful of ...
As we discussed in our last post, losing the ability to balance can lead to other serious problems, like losing confidence to move about safely, losing socializing activities and feeling isolated, and of course, depression.
When a loss of balance is experienced, it is important to figure out the underlying cause. There are many common causes, like medications that cause dizziness and other health conditions that lead to shortness in breath.
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Balance problems can show up as dizziness, light headedness, and general instability which can make someone not trust their ability to get around and socialize with others. A lack of socializing can quickly lead to isolation and even depression.
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When a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, it can seem like your whole world has been turned upside down. While your previous normal no longer exists, there are still things you can do to cope more effectively with a changing and often challenging situation.
1) It is helpful to remember that someone with dementia has a new reference point for ...Continue Reading →