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Ways Caregivers Can Avoid Elderspeak with Seniors

Elderspeak occurs when someone in a senior’s life, whether well-meaning or not, uses language that talks down to an older adult by focusing on their age and ailments instead of what they can do and who they are. While elderspeak is often used unintentionally by healthcare professionals, it can have huge negative effects on seniors, particularly those who suffer from Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. Here are five ways caregivers can try to stay more aware of what they say and do so they can avoid elderspeak. Continue reading

Using Doll Therapy to Treat Alzheimer’s

There are currently several different types of therapies being used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia. One new type of therapy that is gaining in popularity is doll therapy, where a senior with advanced Alzheimer’s or dementia is given a lifelike baby doll to care for. Supporters of this type of therapy say that caring for the dolls helps to engage seniors who are normally withdrawn and unable to participate in most other activities due to their advanced dementia. Many family members say that watching their loved ones play with the dolls gives them a deep feeling of comfort. Continue reading

How You Can Handle Caregiver Criticism

When it comes to how Mom is taken care of and by whom, there are often disagreements. If you are Mom’s primary caregiver, you may sometimes feel hurt or angry when other members of the family disagree with you about how you are handling a certain situation. Feeling criticized can lead us to question our skills and our self-worth. Try to deal with situations where you feel criticized before the criticism sends you into caregiver burnout. Continue reading

5 Helpful Technological Tools for Caregivers

Advances in technology in the past few decades have allowed us to monitor ourselves and others. These advances have given us the ability to find answers to any and all of our questions with our fingertips. In the age of smartphones, we use apps for information and we stay connected to each other 24/7. Here are five helpful technological tools that you can utilize as a caregiver. Continue reading

Do You Have a Difficult Family?

A businessman with a $2.5 billion estate passed away in 1976. He was single and many individuals, mostly unrelated to him, filed more than 40 wills with the probate court. Twenty-two cousins fought with all of the other individuals claiming a share of the estate. In the end, the wills were all ruled invalid and the 22 cousins plus the federal government divided up the estate.. This may occur because one of your family members or potential heirs might believe that he or she can receive a larger portion of the estate. Continue reading