Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is sometimes called “the winter blues” because it usually occurs during the fall and winter months. SAD is a kind of depression that usually comes on in the fall and lasts into the winter months. It is believed to be brought on by the reduction of exposure to sunlight due to the shortened days. For family caregivers of senior adults with SAD, the winter months can be particularly difficult.
SAD vs. Major Depression
Although SAD is a kind of ...
There are approximately 3 million people throughout the United States who are currently living with glaucoma. Because the most common form of this disease does not have warning signs and it develops most frequently in people over the age of 60, who tend to expect some reduction in vision, it is often overlooked. In fact, experts estimate that around half of those who are living with the disease do not even know that they have it.
As this disease is a leading ...
Did you know that a growing number of elderly adults are facing what is called food insecurity? This means that more and more seniors are not sure where their next nutritious meal is coming from. While there are many causes of food insecurity in the elderly population, many people aren’t even aware of it.
As a family caregiver, you can take steps to ensure that your elderly relative is not suffering from food insecurity.
What is Food Insecurity?
Food insecurity describes the condition of ...
Having a healthy caregiving relationship with your aging adult is incredibly important but you might find it difficult if you've had a tense relationship before. Some of these ideas might help you both.
Keep Conversations Open and Respectful
When you and your elderly family member talk, make sure that you're speaking respectfully and honestly about the topic at hand. This isn't about establishing control over your senior or taking away her independence. If she feels as if you have ulterior motives, she's more ...
Has your elderly parent’s doctor suggested they have a total hip replacement? This can seem like an overwhelming prospect, but you’ll be able to make better decisions and support your aging mom or dad when you know more about the procedure as well as the steps toward recovery. Many elderly adults have hip replacement surgery but the ones that have the smoothest recovery are those with a strong support network of family members, elder care assistants, physical therapists and community senior ...
Whether you're angry about a situation that concerns your aging adult or something in the rest of your life isn't working the way that it needs to, anger is an emotion you'll definitely experience as a caregiver.
Give Yourself Time to Think before Speaking
The problem with getting angry isn't that you're experiencing the emotion itself. The problem is usually that the emotion can prompt you to respond in a way that you may regret at a later time. When you realize you're ...
When your aging adult is ready to start exercising, she may not realize that her eating habits are probably about to change, too. Eating healthier foods helps to keep her body fueled to keep up with her new, more active lifestyle.
Protein Is Important
Protein is one of the building blocks that your senior's body uses to stay healthy and to keep her going. If she's not getting enough protein, she might experience muscle loss or find that she heals more slowly than ...
The topic of Alzheimer's disease is a difficult one for anyone to approach. As an adult, you can understand the disease and what it means, and prepare yourself for how it will change your parent and the care that you are going to need to give them. For your children, however, this might not be as easy. This disease can be very difficult for them, even frightening them, and it is critical that you are there to help them to understand ...
Caregiver guilt is very real and can incapacitate you. You can become so riddled with guilt about your decisions and actions that you no longer know what to do.
Accept that You're Going to Occasionally Feel Guilty
Guilt is always going to crop up as a family caregiver. You might feel guilty for taking an afternoon away or for helping someone besides your elderly family member with a problem. There are a million ways that guilt is going to crop up. So ...
Having a loved one with dementia comes with many challenges. People with dementia often exhibit behavioral changes that are disturbing and difficult to manage. One common behavior is asking caregivers to take them home or saying that they want to go home repeatedly when they are at home. Understanding the behavior and how to respond to it can make the behavior a little less challenging.
The Reasons Behind the Behavior
First, it’s important to know that “home” may mean different things. They ...