The holidays are upon us. It’s a time for magic, joy, friends, family, and of course, that dreaded holiday stress. While the holidays can tend to be stressful for anyone, caregivers often have a whole different set of stresses. When caring for a senior with memory loss, the holidays can shift from a time of family and friends to a time of endless holiday preparation, increased caregiving duties and higher chances of caregiver burnout.
The holiday season is approaching faster than we even realize, bringing with it Halloween candy, loads of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, plenty of pies, Christmas cookies and, of course, some extra unwanted pounds. The holidays can be hectic and tempting, leaving little time to exercise and continue an exercise routine, or so you think. Although there may be plenty of parties, feasts and activities to take part in, it’s still possible to keep up with or adapt your current...more
The holiday seasons are often full of excitement, nostalgia and good cheer. Family may come to visit or you may travel to see them. The home may be full of wonderful scents and holiday movies or festive music may be playing. It’s truly a wonderful time of year for those of all ages; however, for those with memory loss, the holidays can mean something else entirely.
According to Sue Sunderland, Executive Director at...more
FAST. To some, this is just a word to describe action. For others, it’s a life-saving acronym that can be the difference between a life and death situation. For those who are unfamiliar with FAST, it’s a good idea to get familiar. FAST is an easy way to recognize when a stroke is occurring, and it stands for Face, Arm (and leg), Speech and Time. When you begin to notice face drooping, numbness in the extremities, slurred speech or no speech at all, it’s time to react.... more
Because of music’s ability to take us back to a time and place in our lives when we hear a certain tune, music has proven very valuable in helping to manage some symptoms of memory loss. Music, when used for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, can reduce symptoms of anxiety, agitation and aggressive behavior.
According to Sue Sunderland, Executive Director at The Bridges at...more
For most of us, the aging process is rather slow and almost imperceptible as time moves along. One day doesn’t seem all that different from the next. However, as gerontologists and other aging experts explain, with each new year comes a greater risk for sudden, unforeseen changes in our health status.
None of us like to think about the possibility of a future illness or injury disrupting our lives and depleting our finances, but experts in...more
One in four seniors ages 65 and older fall each year. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of five falls causes either broken bones or a head injury. Over 800,000 patients per year are hospitalized as a result of a head injury or hip fracture from a fall. Even worse, falls are a...more
As seniors age, it becomes more and more common that they are unable to live on their own. When this time comes, you and your parent may become riddled with stress and confusion because of all of the options available – options such as senior living, supportive care, home care, respite care and a wide array of other services. An option now rising in popularity is moving aging parents in with their adult children. However, before moving Mom or Dad in with you, it’s important...more