With more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, families across the country are faced with the difficult challenge of explaining the illness and how it impacts those we love to their children. Navigating a conversation that informs children about memory loss and behavioral changes can help create a supportive atmosphere for the child and a loved one living with memory impairment.
Approaching the subject of moving a loved one out of their home is never an easy conversation. While it may be obvious to adult children that there is a need for additional care, convincing a parent can be a harder, more delicate conversation.
2020 hasn’t been the start to the new decade we would have liked. Yet, as the year begins to wind down and we head into the holiday season, there is still much for which to be thankful = despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Given that most of the year has been filled with uncertainty, worry and frustration, we may be inclined to rush headlong toward a happier season and a new year glittered with the hope that in 2021 we can get back to normal.
Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons. Green leaves turn into beautiful hues of red and gold. The season of change also welcomes some delicious desserts.
It is easy to become overwhelmed by all the details of moving. Having decades of possessions and memories can make the process to downsize into a smaller setting difficult and emotional. Here are a few tips to help make the transition a little smoother.
Many people plan for their retirement, making sure they have the funds to live comfortably once they no longer receive a weekly paycheck. However, a health crisis or the natural course of aging could change the trajectory of your retirement and force you to consider the need for advanced or prolonged care. It isn’t something most people want to think about, but not planning for that care can create incredible stress and financial hardship for you and those you love.
If someone you care about lives in an assisted living or skilled nursing community, it may have been a while since you’ve visited with them face-to-face. Ongoing restrictions at health care facilities have created a new kind of caregiver – someone who lives locally but must remain apart from their loved one. How do you check up on them and reassure yourself that they are doing well?
Family members often become primary caregivers for their aging loved ones. Sometimes a spouse is taking care of their partner, or an adult is taking care of their aging parent. It’s important to be aware of signs of burnout and how to get help.
Meditation is one of the most popular activities that we can incorporate into our lifestyle that has minimal impact on the physical body and can offer great benefits for overall wellbeing.