The Caregiver Action Network reports that “more than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill… or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one…”
Caring for a parent or family member with any form of memory impairment can present unique challenges. It can be emotional, overwhelming, and even frustrating at times. Providing care for someone living with dementia is only effective if you have strategies to promote communication and comfort while easing feelings of stress and anxiety.
From an early age, we naturally value the importance of socialization. From playdates to sleepovers to after-work drinks with co-workers, we put friends and social engagements high on our priority list. It should be no surprise that socialization later in life is still an essential aspect of overall wellness and well-being.
As a family caregiver, ensuring everything gets done and that your parent or family member is properly cared for is a lot to handle, especially if you are trying to do everything yourself.
Discovering a family member is living with memory impairments can be difficult, and transitioning him or her into memory care can be an overwhelming experience. This is especially true if one is hesitant or resistant to making the transition into a memory care community. Navigating through all of the unknowns is a task by itself, but ensuring that your family member is comfortable with the change adds another layer.
At any age, proper nutrition and healthy eating habits are important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and prevent illness. However, nutritional needs are not the same at every stage of our lives.
Caregiving can be a rewarding experience, filled with gifted moments of love and accomplishment. It can also be physically and emotionally demanding. Especially for those in the sandwich generation— those responsible for both their children and their aging parents. It can be challenging to maintain a balance of caring for your children, your elderly parent or loved one, and yourself.
Sleep is a crucial aspect of our daily lives, but many of us fail to get enough quality sleep regularly. Patterns of sleep can change as we grow older, and we need to adjust our sleep habits to live our healthiest life.
Gardening, for many people, is a satisfying hobby that allows them to spend time outside. Caring for and nurturing flowers and plants through every stage of their growth is rewarding, but did you know that gardening goes far behind being just a hobby? In fact, there are many health benefits of gardening for you or the senior in your life.
A lot goes into providing senior care. Your daily checklist seems to be never-ending, but your parent or older loved one’s safety is always at the top of your list. As he or she ages, it is likely that more medications will be prescribed to treat various conditions. Practicing medication safety plays a crucial role in keeping the senior you care for safe.