Balancing Family Life with Children and Aged Parents It’s probably not the sort of sandwich we had in mind. As we gratefully see generations of our family living longer, many families feel crushed by the duties of caring for parents [...]
Caregiver stress can affect sleep, relationships -- even your health. If you've spent time taking care of a newborn, disabled child, incapacitated adult or aging parent, you know that it’s a big challenge. But were you aware that [...]
Caring for a parent is hard. Work together with your siblings to ensure your parent gets the support they need.
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When a loved one has Alzheimer's disease or dementia, behavioral changes that accompany these diseases can make visits difficult. Here are some helpful tips to help ease the discomfort and make the visits more pleasant.
The language area of the brain is impacted early in the Alzheimer’s disease process, but music touches a different part of the brain. Some individuals will respond to music when nothing else seems to reach them.
Non- verbal communication is critical when dealing with dementia, and touch is a powerful way to connect with someone who is losing other avenues to communicate.
Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another—or to "walk a mile in someone else's shoes." Often, our personal experiences bring this opportunity as well as teach us this important lesson.
If possible, be proactive and start a relaxed conversation with an elderly loved one about the possibility of receiving help at home. Practicing listening skills and spending time with your loved one can create opportunities for meaningful conversations and empower your loved one by having input in decisions regarding his/her care.
Gratitude doesn't come naturally, but it is a chosen attitude that really can help through life's challenges.