Alzheimer’s Disease has a component that might be familiar for caretakers and their loved ones—it’s called sundowning, and it’s the increased level of confusion that tends to happen in the later part of the day. You may notice that they become more agitated as the evening wears on, and confusion increases. It happens more often as the disease advances, but there are things you can do to lessen the effects. Here are some tips….
For seniors all over the country, their main desire as they grow older is to stay in their homes for as long as they possibly can. Their independence is incredibly valuable to them, so it’s important to know the signs to look for that may indicate they might need some extra help. Here are some signs to look for if you are concerned about their well-being living alone.
For many seniors, the warm summer months are favored over winter, due to achiness and pain associated with colder temperatures. While summer brings warmer days and more activities outdoors, it also brings the danger of dehydration. It’s easy for any of us to become dehydrated, but it can be especially dangerous for seniors. Here’s why…
Many things can cause falls in Seniors and none of them are fun. The good news is that with a few tips and preventative actions, you can help the senior in your life to avoid becoming injured from a fall. Let’s look at a few simple things you can do to create a fall-proof environment for the senior loved one in your life.
Getting out of the house to enjoy some outdoor activities with the senior in your life is easier than you might think. Spring has sprung in most areas of the country and any doctor will tell you that getting outdoors is good for all of us, especially after a long winter! Sunshine carries significant vitamins and other benefits that affect mood, balance and overall health. Want to know more?
It is now known that sugar has a serious impact on Alzheimer’s Disease, so if you know or care for someone who has Alzheimer’s or dementia, now is the time to help them cut sugar out of their diet because their overall health depends on it! Let’s look at some tips and info that will help you stay aware of the sugar your household is consuming and what you can do about it. There are many myths revolving around the great sugar debate, so we will now break down some of the more known ones.
Sensitivity to the surroundings around them is one of the main issues among seniors who struggle with dementia and Alzheimer’s. In order to soothe agitation and lessen difficult behaviors, it’s important to create a calm and relaxing environment. Here are 5 ways to help create a calm environment for the older adult in your family.
A lot of friction can happen when a family must watch their parents age. The old phrase, “age gracefully” doesn’t always seem so graceful, especially when it refers to those we love most. Communication skills are vital to any relationship! Last week we looked at tips for discussing the aging process with your elderly parents. Here are even more great tips for caregivers and family members to have a meaningful conversation with aging parents.
As a society, we have never been more aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle and a healthy diet to preserve our health and live longer. This is also true of seniors today! Just like children have certain dietary needs, seniors and older adults do too. Our bodies and metabolism slow as we age, making it easier to eat fewer calories. Fewer calories, however, does not mean less nutrition! Let’s look at the role nutrition plays as we age….
Seniors have a variety of needs that require transportation that is reliable and safe. If the day has come when your older loved one can no longer drive themselves safely, you may want to consider hiring a professional caregiver. Family or friends may not always be available, so it’s helpful to have other options on the table. Here are a few tips to help you hire a caregiver who can transport the senior in your life.
Pets not only fills the need to nurture and take care of something, but they can also improve our health! Did you know that the benefits of owning a pet goes far beyond companionship? It’s true! Studies have been done that proves how a pet lowers blood pressure and heart rate, lowers the risk of heart disease and stress, and even prevents depression. If you or your senior loved one is considering a pet, think about the following pros and cons:
Ice, snow and other winter weather is difficult for everyone, but when you are a caregiver it can take even more challenges. Doctor’s appointments, social activities, church, grocery store runs….all of this can be far more difficult in the winter months. There’s no doubt that falling is a huge risk for seniors, but they are especially vulnerable during cold weather. Here are some fantastic tips to keep your senior safe from falls:
There are many reasons that elderly adults tend to be more vulnerable to illness and infection than younger people, including weaker immune systems and the likelihood of suffering from existing health complications. Use these tips to help protect your senior parent from illness this cold and flu season.
While anyone can get dry mouth, it is especially prevalent in the elderly. If you are a family caregiver, you’ll want to find out whether or not your aging loved one is suffering with dry mouth. Dry mouth is more than feeling thirsty, it’s a medical condition where the mouth makes little to no saliva.
Patty Lieber is a licensed clinical social worker (LICSW) for the Veteran’s Administration (VA) and Homeless Veteran’s Clinic. She also covers VA outpatient services in Boston-area towns including Framingham. We caught up with Patty recently to help the community learn how veterans and their families can benefit from this little-known care program.
According to the American Stroke Association, 80 percent of strokes are preventable. There are definitive steps you can help your parent take that may not ensure, but will definitely increase, their chances of making it through their later years without experiencing the debilitating effects of a stroke.
One of the greatest challenges that you will face as a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is coping with Alzheimer’s disease is the responsibility to balance ensuring that their needs are managed properly and their need for independence and autonomy. Use these tips to help your senior with Alzheimer’s disease keep up with their personal care task.
Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -– Malrissa Perkins, a home-care worker in Boston, talks about her routine and the physical and emotional hardships that come with America's fastest-growing job. The 21-year old spends each weekday morning waking, washing and feeding Alan Smith. Parkinson's disease and a brain injury have left the 81-year old unable to care for himself. (Source: Bloomberg)
Pearl Street Cupboard and Café in Framingham Serves Over 50 Hot Meals on June 30th, thanks to volunteers and the United Way of Tri-County team. United Way’s Barbara LaGrenade, the Volunteer Center Director and Mark Bush, the Operations Director and their team, together with volunteers, serve free hot meals every Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:00PM-7:30PM at the Pearl Street Cupboard and Café in Framingham, MA.