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Lisa M. Petsche is a social worker and a freelance writer specializing in boomer and senior health matters. She has personal and professional experience with eldercare.
Whether you are new to caregiving or have been at it for a while, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed and worried about your ability to handle all the responsibilities involved in looking after a person with a long-
Many people consider the holiday season a hectic time due to the preparations and festivities that typically take place. Staying sane – not to mention enjoying this special time of the year – is even more of a challenge when you’re caring for someone with dementia.
If you provide care to a chronically ill or older family member, you may be aware of the importance of taking a break from care-
The mild temperatures and increased daylight of summer can positively affect people’s moods and allow new opportunities for enjoyment. On the flip side, summer sun, heat and smog can be harmful to older adults, especially those whose health is already fragile. As a caregiver, you must therefore be extra vigilant as temperatures soar.
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive disorder involving damage to nerve cells in the brain that control muscle movement. According to the National Parkinson Foundation, 1.5 million Americans currently have the disease and approximately 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. The majority of cases develop after age 60.
When seniors live alone, other people may have concerns about their physical or emotional welfare. Particularly if the senior has health problems or don’t live close by, a son or daughter may invite him or her to move in. If you receive such an offer, ask yourself the following questions and take time to honestly and thoroughly answer....
Caring for an aging relative typically involves physical, psychological, emotional and financial demands that increase over time. If you have a parent or sibling in this role, it’s important to reach out and support them. This can be done even if you don’t live close by.
If you’re a caregiver, you may have already read articles about the importance of preventing burnout. Usually these articles include a suggestion to join a support group. Perhaps you’re reluctant to do so because you wonder what caregiver groups are all about and whether joining one would really help you.
When someone is confined to home due to convalescence from an illness, recovery from surgery, or chronic illness or disability, his or her world shrinks considerably. It’s easy to become disconnected from others and the world in general.
Family caregivers provide practical assistance and enhance the quality of life for frail seniors who might otherwise require placement in a long-
One in 10 Americans over age 65 years and almost half of those over age 85 years have Alzheimer’s disease or a related type of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common form of dementia, involves a gradual breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Affected persons lose the ability to interpret information and send messages....
As you age, there’s a good chance you will be hospitalized at some point, especially if you have chronic health conditions. Here are some helpful hints to help you navigate institutional expectations and practice good patient etiquette.
The long, hot days of summer bring many opportunities for being outside, not only on your balcony or porch or in your back yard but also at organized events. The latter may include outdoor wedding receptions, family reunions and other types of celebrations as well as sporting events, concerts and festivals held in various open-
Fall is a great time for implementing change. There’s a fresh-
A diagnosis of cancer is life changing for both the person diagnosed and those close to him or her. Not only does it cause anxiety and fear, but it also launches all of them into a whole new world of medical information and procedures. Life suddenly revolves around consultations, tests and treatments, and the outcome....
As we age, our chances of being hospitalized rise due to the increased likelihood of developing chronic health conditions. The good news is numerous risk factors are within our control. There are many ways we can help prevent or manage a variety of health problems, reducing our chances of complications and hospitalization.
Caring for a chronically ill, disabled or medically frail person can offer many rewards, but it also involves physical, psychological, emotional and financial demands. Family caregivers may experience a variety of distressing emotions, including frustration, guilt, resentment, anxiety and sadness.