You might think that your elderly family member's immune system is as good as it will ever get, but there are some things you can do to help her to be a little healthier.
Immunizations Can Help
Many people are nervous about immunizations because they worry that they can make their seniors sick from the very illness the immunization protects from. This isn't the case, however, and the right immunizations can be very effective for your senior. Talk to her doctor about the ...
People have different requirements when it comes to sleep. Most experts recommend seven or eight hours each night. Arthritis pain creates a new challenge. Seniors wake in the night with aching joints. They shift position or walk around. Getting back to sleep is hard.
Here are some tips for getting a good night's sleep when aching joints are a problem.
Buy Lightweight Bedding
Heavy blankets and comforters pin arthritis sufferers down and increase joint pain. Seniors should choose lightweight comforters and blankets instead. If ...
As a caregiver, you've probably already found that you need to be prepared for just about anything. This is definitely the case if your elder adult is incontinent. Having a go bag with you that has all that you might need in the event of an accident can have you both feeling prepared and confident.
Extra Clothes and Something to Contain Soiled Clothes
Even with the best incontinence products on the market, your elder could have an accident that creates a leak. This ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Some caregivers avoid hiring elder care providers because they worry that they're passing off tasks and responsibilities that they should be handling themselves. There are quite a few different circumstances that contribute to whether this is the right option for you.
When You're Out of Time
Time is an incredibly precious commodity and you can't do anything to get it back once it's gone. You can only do so much yourself during a day, so having someone else that you can rely ...
Many caregivers are thrown for a loop when they first realize that a senior family member needs more help. Sometimes this situation crops up literally overnight, which complicates it further. Take your time to start putting some answers together. From there you can sort out what else you need and what other resources you can access.
Assess the Situation
Get as full a picture of the existing situation as you can. If your senior family member is having health problems, talk with ...
When you've got a lot of different situations going on in your life, being a caregiver can become extremely overwhelming. Overwhelm is that feeling when you're battling upstream constantly and getting nowhere. You might even feel as if you have to step completely away from caregiving. In many cases, managing the overwhelm can keep you functioning as a caregiver.
You're Experiencing Feelings of Depression
Depression can be subtle, but the symptoms are usually the same. People suffering from depression tend to feel ...