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Keeping Your Memory Sharp
You may notice that your memory isn’t what it used to be. You may be misplacing things more frequently or having difficulty recalling familiar names during conversations. These types of memory lapses can occur at any age, but we tend to worry more about them as we get older because we fear they are a sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s. It is important to know that some amount of memory loss is typical and nothing to worry about, while significant memory loss is a sign that there is something else going on. Regardless if you are experiencing memory loss now or trying to prevent it from occurring, there are various strategies we can use to protect and sharpen our minds at any age. Here are some you can try. Download our ten tips for maintaining mental sharpness.
When Breaking a Promise is the Right Thing to Do
Many spouses and adult children can recall a time when they made a promise to their loved one that they would always take care of them, vowing to never move them to a care facility. These promises are often made at the best of times and with the best of intentions. When thinking about the future, it is hard to imagine not being able to do all the things we are capable of today. We cannot forecast what the future will be like if we have a physical change, let alone a diagnosis such as Dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Preparing Seniors for Emergencies and Isolation
Any major change in the day-to-day lives of seniors can induce stress and anxiety. With the current coronaviruspandemic circling the world, this only emphasizes the need for us to help prepare our elderly parents and familymembers for any emergency that may arise. When we think of how to help the elderly overall, many of us reflect on how we would help our own senior parents. Here are a few preliminary steps to be prepared.
Normal Aging or Dementia
Memory complaints are common and their frequency usually increases with age. Do you ever find yourself walking into a room and wondering, “What was I looking for?” Inevitably, after giving up and walking away, it comes back to you. But, do you remember how you felt before? Frustrated? Yes. Or did you wonder if you are experiencing memory loss? You’re probably not. The good news is that you are most likely overwhelmed, and like many of us, too busy.
As we age, we may need additional help from paying bills to purchasing groceries. A family member, friend or caregiver can help with these. However, if memory loss disrupts daily life, it is not normal aging and may require medical attention. So, how do you recognize the difference between “normal” aging or dementia.
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Dementia Caregiving During COVID-19
There are so many “unknowns” when it comes to COVID-19 and that also applies to those with a memory impairment. It’s unknown how long the pandemic will last, and it’s unknown if they will be affected long-term by the current lack of normalcy. Caring for a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s is challenging already and it is important to keep care as “normal” as possible. These tips will help to keep the important things top of mind.
IS IT TIME FOR ASSISTED LIVING?
According to recent research, more than 15 million Americans devote their time and energy to caring for their loved ones. Yet most of these caregivers often find themselves unable to provide care without suffering from stress or impacting their own wellness in the process. If you feel like you may be getting to that point, it may be time to consider other options. Here are some questions to consider when making the decision for you both.
OVERCOMING GUILT AS A CAREGIVER
You are not alone. Anyone who has cared for a loved one at any point in their lives—from infant to elderly—knows that this is hard work. But that hard work is never underappreciated. Despite it all, we know that many caregivers still experience guilt for a variety of reasons, including an overwhelming feeling from the responsibility to a resentment towards siblings or spouses who don’t help. Whatever the reason may be, we understand. We’re here for you, just as you’re there for them. Here are a few helpful tips to guide you through these varying emotions.
Staying Engaged During COVID-19
As we all find ourselves with more time indoors, we want to ensure that we remain engaged and stimulated, knowing the benefit it will have for our overall health and well-being. In this guide, you will find are a variety of offerings for your enjoyment.
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