As we age, we begin to lose control of our five senses – this is the inevitability of growing older. But just because it’s inevitable, doesn’t mean it’s easy to accept or deal with. Hearing loss is a common side effect of old age, and with it comes an entirely new set of challenges one can barely imagine preparing for.
As the caregiver of an elderly spouse, parent or grandparent, you deserve a little extra help now and again. You may not even realise you need it, but those around you may be able to notice a cry for help much better than you!
While collecting clutter is a common characteristic in someone with dementia, there are certain instances where holding onto possessions may cross the boundary into what is deemed hoarding behaviour.
A retired school teacher, who lives with dementia himself, managed to challenge dementia stereotypes with local cinema recently. In 2016 Keith Oliver teamed up with a close friend, Liz Jennings, to develop a local cinema club in Kent, aimed at entertaining dementia patients.
As a carer, you may have found yourself in a scenario where something that you have said which seemed simple or harmless, has sent a loved one or client with dementia into an agitated or confused state.
As a carer you may find it difficult to truly unwind or relax when travelling with a loved one who has dementia. With a well thought out schedule and careful planning beforehand, your holiday can be just as enjoyable as any other!
UK broadcasting channel, E4, recently hosted a rather unconventional experiment in a bid to assess whether the aging process can be reversed, and if not, whether quality of life in the elderly could be improved by living with 4-year olds!
It’s no secret – care giving for an elderly patient or loved one can be taxing work. While some parents may be cared for by paid professionals in a retirement home, some care givers don’t have this option and have to provide unpaid care from home, often struggling to balance their own family needs, with those of their care receiver. This can result in feelings of isolation, frustration and even depression – ultimately leading to care giver burnout.
Providing care for a loved one or patient with difficulties in eating and swallowing can be both daunting and heart breaking. A huge part of care giving is nurture and nourishment, while for many elderly people, food and meal time, may be one of the best-loved parts of their day. With increased difficulties in eating and swallowing, some of this pleasure could be stripped away and as a care giver, it is up to you to ensure meal times remain as stress-free as possible.
We live in a world where immigration is a reality and geographical separation is almost inevitable due to family, work, school, university and other commitments. Unfortunately, we are not always able to be there for our elderly family members or loved ones who require care – but long-distance care giving is possible, albeit a little challenging and not always ideal. This is where strategies, resources, communication and co-ordination will come into effect!