Caregiving is very stressful for caregivers. Caregiver stress can lead to: Exhaustion Anger Guilt Loneliness Depression and anxiety Health issues Higher levels of obesity Weaker immune system More long term medical problems As a caregiver, it is important to remember that you matter. We must take care of ourselves in order to properly care for our loved ones.
Time and again I hear about various family issues with families. This can run the gamut from one child carrying the burden of caregiving alone to money and legal issues. Caregiving is very tiring and taxing. On top of this many caregivers are working jobs and caring for families in addition to their caregiving duties. Caregiving takes a village. The more people on your team that can share the burden, the easier it is for everyone. However, that is seldom…
I’ve discovered that with personality traits and characteristics from childhood and adulthood are often intensified and emphasized in dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. These can include a variety of personality characteristics. Some that I’ve seen are: Wanting attention OCD tendencies Meekness Neatness Sweetness Irritations Food likes and dislikes In what ways have you seen the personality emphasized due to dementia?
We’ve all heard the saying the simple things make us happy. This seems to even be more true with the elderly. They don’t care about how much clout a person has, the money in the back, the reputation, etc. What they know is: They are loved They are wanted They are protected They are care for They are safe What little things make your loved one happy?