Family Caregiver Tips

What to Do When a Senior with Dementia Refuses to Change Clothes

What to Do When a Senior with Dementia Refuses to Change Clothes Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia requires creativity, patience, and empathy, being able to step outside of your individual reasoning and logic and understand just why a specific behavior is occurring, and then to learn just how to effectively manage it. That’s certainly the situation with a loved one who refuses to change clothes, regardless of how dirty or unkempt an outfit has become. There are numerous reasons why an older adult with dementia may insist upon wearing exactly the same outfit, including: Judgment or memory problems, such as losing track of time or thinking the clothes were recently changed The comfort and familiarity of a particular piece of clothing A need to maintain control Problems with the task of changing clothes Feeling stressed from the choices associated with selecting an outfit Physical pain and/or fatigue The inability to identify scent and to clearly see stains on clothes Our dementia care team has some recommendations…

Caring for Aging Parents? Make Your Family Meetings More Effective with These Tips.

Caring for Aging Parents? Make Your Family Meetings More Effective with These Tips. “It takes a village” was never a more accurate statement than when caring for aging parents. It’s very important for that “village” to maintain effective, ongoing communication so that you can provide the very best care and ensure that everyone taking part in care is on the same page. It’s also essential for family caregivers to have the opportunity to express concerns and to come together to find resolutions, to share different perspectives, and also to continue to be proactive in preparing for the future. Holding family meetings that produce good outcomes includes thinking through the following: Who should always be included – and who should not? Certainly, those providing care for the older adult should attend, as well as any other people with a concern for the older adult's health and wellbeing. Nevertheless, also take into account that while each meeting ought to include the members of the older adult's care team, there may be chances to include others as well,…

A Geriatric Care Manager: Your Ultimate Guide to Navigating Senior Care

A Geriatric Care Manager: Your Ultimate Guide to Navigating Senior Care Family care providers know that navigating the process of looking for appropriate care resources for a senior loved one can seem like trying to get across the ocean in a rowboat – blindfolded, and blindsided by the buffeting swells and winds. The likelihood of making it safely to your destination are pretty slim without having the necessary tools, and an individual to assist you in how to use them. That’s where a https://dailycaring.com/when-hiring-a-geriatric-care-manager-makes-sense/geriatric care manager (sometimes known as an Aging Life Care Professional) can step in and save the day. Geriatric care managers are specialists in the many complexities of the aging process, available resources, resolution of issues pertaining to family dynamics, and more. Available for short-term consultations or up to and including full-time assistance, there are several key instances when teaming up with a geriatric care manager is particularly valuable: Long distance separates both you and your…

Discover the Healing Power of Laughter, and 5 Ways to Bring Joy to Seniors Each Day

Discover the Healing Power of Laughter, and 5 Ways to Bring Joy to Seniors Each Day Have you ever felt yourself bubbling over with unrestrained laughter at the most ill-timed moment – in a packed elevator, a hushed waiting room, or a religious service? Although there are, obviously, occasions when we must stamp down the silliness, writer Jane Heller says that, “Humor can keep us balanced, even in the grimmest of times. It reminds us that despite illness and disability, there are moments of real joy in life and we need to embrace them.” The advantages of laughing are phenomenal, including: Releasing endorphins that minimize stress Strengthening brain connectivity Supplying a social boost Reducing pain Strengthening the immune system Improving mood Defending the heart from cardiovascular disease Revitalizing blood circulation and muscle relaxation, both of which relieve stress And many more Despite the fact that there’s nothing funny about being given a difficult diagnosis for a family member, there are ways to keep an inherent sense of positivity that might lead…

Senior Caregiving Tips: How to Avoid Crossing the Line From Motivation to Bullying

Senior Caregiving Tips: How to Avoid Crossing the Line From Motivation to Bullying As a family caregiver, you likely encounter a range of feelings throughout the day: shared laughter over a joke with a senior loved one; anxiety over a health concern; and certainly, at times, irritations. We would like only the best for those we love, so when an older adult is resistant to doing something we know is best, it may be challenging to identify the best reply.  The key is to try to supply motivation and support, while remaining vigilant not to cross the line into bullying the senior. These tips are good to remember: There is no one-size-fits-all. A strategy that has worked during one occasion may very well be entirely ineffective in another. In the event that the person does not want to take a bath, for example, you could choose to instead let the matter go and attempt again another time. Or, maybe reframing bath time into a soothing spa activity will hold additional appeal. Including humor may work well one day, while using a kinder, softer tone of voice may be the answer…

8 Steps to Overcoming Caregiver Stress

8 Steps to Overcoming Caregiver Stress Our facial expressions reveal so much to those around us, and if you’re feeling an unusual level of stress, well-meaning friends and family will certainly pick up on it, perhaps encouraging you to simply, “Cheer up, buttercup!” In reality, of course, it takes much more than a few words to turn our mood around. Yet recent research does support the idea of positive thinking as a way to reduce levels of anxiety and depression that can arise when we’re overloaded with stress – something crucial for busy family caregivers to take to heart to reduce the potential for burnout. Judith Moskowitz, lead psychologist in the study who subsequently developed a program to combat the downward spiral of emotions so common in those providing care for a loved one, explains, “We’re not saying don’t be sad or upset about what’s going on. But we know people can experience positive emotions alongside that negative emotion, and that positive emotion can help them cope better.”  The core techniques…

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