Choosing a caregiver for a member of your family is a very important decision. Depending on the intensity of your loved one’s needs, a caregiver could become an important part of your loved one’s and your family’s life. Here are 4 tips for choosing the best caregiver for your loved one. Assess your loved one’s needs in detail Everyone’s needs are different. Some people require more intense health or medical care, whereas others only require that their caregiver complete household chores or merely provide companionship. It’s important to honestly assess the needs of your loved one’s so you can select a caregiver who has the necessary skills and expertise. Watch a prospective caregiver interacting with your loved one Invite a prospective caregiver to spend some time with you and your loved one. You can do this in an interview or more informal setting following an initial interview. The goal here…> Read More
The demands of caring for a loved one with physical or cognitive impairments can be immense. Caregiver burnout occurs when you’ve reached the limit of physical and emotional energy you can expend caring for your loved one. Here, we outline some strategies you can employ in order to prevent caregiver burnout, recognize caregiver burnout, and address caregiver burnout in the event it begins to affect you. How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout Find a confidant The feeling of facing your situation ‘alone’ is common among caregivers. Having a confidant or support group to share your feelings with can greatly reduce this feeling, especially if those you’re confiding in are/have been in similar situations. Set aside time for yourself Setting aside time for your own interests and hobbies is essential for your emotional well-being. If you are spending all your time and energy caring for your loved one, your emotional needs certainly…> Read More
Certain foods can act to increase or decrease memory and cognitive function. This is true for healthy normally functioning people, but is especially true for people suffering from dementia. Here, we point out certain foods that are among the best and worst to consumer for people with Alzheimer’s. The Best Foods Leafy dark greens and vegetables This Includes dark lettuces, spinach, kale, as well as cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage and broccoli. A good rule of thumb to follow is that the deeper and darker the color of a vegetable, the healthier it is. Something like iceberg lettuce may not be unhealthy, but it doesn’t do anything to help. If you have a choice, always go with the healthier option. Fish Fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to have a great effect on brain function. As a substitute, beans and seeds also contain omega-3 fatty acids.…> Read More
Dementia is a disorder of the brain that interferes with one’s ability to think clearly, remember, communicate, and generally function and take care of one’s self. Dementia is most commonly caused by alzheimer’s disease, but can also be caused by a number of other degenerative brain conditions. Dementia is found much more often among older members of the population, so it is typically a child and/or spouse who ends up bearing the responsibility of caring for someone with dementia. In this article, we outline three tips for caring for your loved-one with dementia. Avoid insisting that your loved one is wrong, even if they are People with dementia often think and process the world in ways that may be profoundly at odds with reality. For example, they may think that someone close to them who died long ago is still alive, or misapprehend where they are at a given time.…> Read More
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