Everyone feels blue now and then. It’s part of life. But if you no longer enjoy activities that you usually like, you may have a more serious problem. Being depressed without letup can change the way you think and feel. This is called “clinical depression.”
Being “down in the dumps” over a period of time is not a normal part of getting older. But it is a common problem, and medical help may be needed. For most people, depression will get better with treatment. “Talk” therapy, medicine, or other treatment methods can ease the pain of depression. You do not need to suffer.
There is a similarity between the symptoms of depression and dementia but the two are completely different. Sometimes the signs of depression can mask themselves and appear as if it’s dementia. Knowing the signs can help differentiate the two. Read the rest of this entry »
Sundowner’s syndrome, sundowners disease or most commonly called sundowning, affects some twenty percent of people who have Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. People with dementia who “sundown” get confused and agitated as the sun goes down — and sometimes through the night.
Sundowning may prevent people with dementia from sleeping well. It may also make them more likely to wander. Due to the stress it puts on caregivers, sundowning is one of the leading causes of caregiver burnout. As a caregiver for someone dealing with sundowning, it is important to know the symptoms to help understand what you are going to be contending with. Read the rest of this entry »
The holiday season is typically thought of as a time of merriment, festivities, and visiting with family and friends. For older adults, however, the holidays can present some very unique challenges. For example, crowded family gatherings might be overwhelming, particularly for those with dementia. As a caregiver you have more to think about than just yourself. Taking time to plan ahead can ease the stress and help make things a lot smoother and easier. Read the rest of this entry »
Epilepsy is a common, chronic disorder caused by surges or disturbances in the electrical functioning of the brain. These surges or disturbances cause seizures, and during these seizures certain actions, movements, thoughts, speech, and emotions can be altered.
Caring for a senior with seizures is not too difficult. Below is a list of do’s and don’ts to help make caregiving easier and a lot less stressful. Read the rest of this entry »
Home care has become increasingly popular as an assisted living option, as more elderly people need assistance. Because of the latest medical breakthroughs, millions of adults are now finding themselves taking care of older relatives and parents. When do you decide to utilize home care versus doing it on your own? Read the rest of this entry »
Many Alzheimer’s caregivers are deeply dedicated and feel like they can handle anything. Usually they are often so burned out they can’t even imagine how anyone could assist them. In addition, they may be reluctant to ask for help because they don’t want to impose and because they’re afraid people will refuse to help. Reaching out will help avoid getting burned out. We have put together some information on how to get the assistance the caregiver needs. Read the rest of this entry »
This number of elderly Americans has far-reaching implications for our nation’s public health system and will place unprecedented demands on the provision of health care and aging-related services. Public health efforts to promote health and functional independence are critical strategies in helping older adults stay healthy. Read the rest of this entry »
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a progressive, neurological disease that mainly affects movement but can also affect cognition. Parkinson’s disease results from the destruction of nerve cells in the brain that produce the chemical dopamine.
Caregiving for People Living with Parkinson’s
Caring for a loved one with PD can be a challenging job, especially as the disease progresses. Get prepared, take care of yourself, get help (don’t try to do it all yourself), work to maintain a good relationship with your loved one, and encourage the person with PD for whom you care, to stay active. Read the rest of this entry »
Driving is perhaps the ultimate symbol of independence and control. An elderly person is likely going to feel trapped if they are required to give up driving when they are accustomed to that freedom. Loss of control is a fear for anyone, especially for aging parents, who may be also feeling loss of control of their physical health.
From studies on the subject, we know that most people will relinquish the keys when asked to do so and when the time comes. But there are still a sizable number of seniors who adamantly refuse to even consider it, in spite of accidents, and urgings of family. Read the rest of this entry »
A hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with a hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. This usually results in excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value.
Hoarding often creates such cramped living conditions that homes may be filled to capacity, with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter. Some people also collect animals, keeping dozens or hundreds of pets in unsanitary conditions because they can’t care for them properly. Read the rest of this entry »