Are you concerned that your parents might be developing Alzheimer’s disease? Forgetting a person’s name or turning off the TV is normal. But when it starts happening all the time, then it’s meant for concern. Alzheimer’s is a serious progressive disease that is difficult to diagnose in the early stages. Only as the disease progresses do people start to show symptoms related to memory loss and cognitive decline. But if left untreated, the symptoms can become debilitating, significantly impacting one’s quality of life. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, there are treatment options that can lessen the symptoms. So,…> Read More
Do you have a senior loved one who’s showing signs of depression and seclusion? If so, then it may be time to try these mood-boosting strategies to combat senior loneliness and help your loved one get back to enjoying life again. Arrange For Weekly Visits It’s not always easy to take time out of your busy schedule to visit an ageing parent every week. Most children end up visiting at the same time over the holidays which can leave senior parents without a visitor for months on end. To prevent this, try splitting up visitation times between all your siblings and your parent’s closest friends so they can always have someone to brighten their day and chat with. Sign Them Up For Classes You can combat senior loneliness by getting them more engaged with others. Keep and eye out for local classes that will give them the opportunity to meet…> Read More
The profound impact that parents have on us is something many of us don’t fully realize until we reached a certain age. And often it’s in ways that we could never have imagined. As we watch our parents reach into their golden years of retirement, we get to see them in a whole new light as they finally get to kick back and enjoy their life on their own terms. That’s why there are always fond memories of your parents during their senior years that you’ll never forget. Here are our top 5 that you might be able to relate…> Read More
Being a caregiver can be a rewarding role, but it can also come with many challenges and stressors to deal with. And if the telltale symptoms of caregiver stress are not addressed early, it can lead to a slew of problems like outbursts of anger and complete burnout. So how do you know if you’re experiencing caregiver burnout? Here’s what to look out for and what you can do to get help. Depression Do you feel constantly exhausted and withdrawn from your regular life? The stress of caregiver support can lead to depression which can eventually impact your relationships…> Read More
A lot of conflict can arise between people and their aging parents: this is entirely normal. When we consider that family caregivers often spend 18 hours per week caring for their parent (and potentially up to 87 hours a week for those with a parent who has dementia and is living in their home), there is a lot of time for arguments to arise. This is made much more complicated by a long line of history and unresolved conflicts, and by the role changes that occur when the caregiving roles are reversed. It can leave aging parents resistant to accept their loss of independence. You may be frightened to see your parents in this situation. While some arguments may be unavoidable, there are some ways to navigate this situation so as to limit conflict in the future. Be Willing to Compromise Just because you are in a caregiving role, doesn’t…> Read More
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