When caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s or dementia, behavior can be one of the most difficult parts of the daily journey. It’s important to understand that the disease changes your loved one’s brain, and because of these changes, communication problems can arise. Being aware of some of the more common behavioral problems that come with dementia can help you give your loved one the best possible care. Continue reading
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 Supporters of this type of therapy say that caring for the dolls helps to engage seniors who are normally withdrawn and unable to participate in most other activities due to their advanced dementia.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
Being a caregiver is a very important job that requires a lot of skill, effort, and time from you, the caregiver. Sometimes, spending that much energy on someone else’s needs can cause you to neglect your own needs. The symptoms of caregiver burnout vary and are very similar to symptoms of depression, including feelings of stress, sadness, and guilt. Know the symptoms of caregiver burnout so you can watch out for them. Know the causes so you can try to prevent it. If ignored, caregiver burnout can become clinical anxiety or depression. You should always seek help from a medical professional if you have reached that point. Some of the more common symptoms of caregiver burnout are: Continue reading
Published August 17, 2012
United Methodist Foundation for the Tennessee and Memphis Conferences
Planning for retirement and senior care is a very important activity. The activities of daily living for a senior person include eating, dressing, bathing, and walking or moving. At some point you will likely need assistance in one or more areas.