With Halloween now behind us, many will start thinking about decorating for Christmas. For some, it can be tempting to go “all out” and give your home a short-term holiday themed makeover. It can be a lot of fun, but if you have a loved one with a cognitive impairment, you may want to reconsider. Those decorations may be causing them unnecessary distress.
Getting a call that your mom or dad is in the hospital is usually not something you want to have happen. If it’s unexpected, you can have a million thoughts flying through your mind at once. Questions about what happened, how serious it is, or what might come next will likely come to mind. With all this initial confusion, it’s possible you might forget something important in your rush to the hospital. Knowing what to bring and what calls to make ahead of time can help you stay calm and focus on what’s really important: your loved ones.
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Caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can be a long and emotional journey. According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease. But dementia and Alzheimer’s aren’t simple diseases. There are many different parts to them, and understanding those parts, or stages, can be beneficial when caring for a loved one. It can also help you decide when the best time to seek professional help will be.
If your loved one has dementia or Alzheimer’s, finding the right care center can be challenging. You want to be certain your loved one will be well taken care of professionally, but with the love and compassion of your own family. The good news is there are many senior care communities near you that can provide the kind of memory care you’re looking for.
Caring for an older adult can be rewarding, but it can also be extremely stressful. From not knowing if you’re doing the right thing, to coordinating your efforts with the rest of your family, it can get overwhelming at times. Luckily, technology is here to help. There are apps for your smartphone that can help you manage the daily stress of caregiving, and give you some much needed breathing room in your life.
Summer is a time for the outdoors. Picnics, barbecues, pools, vacations, and more await, but it can be easy to fall victim to heat-related health issues if you’re not careful. The good news is there are a few summer safety tips you can follow to make sure that doesn’t happen.