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Activities To Do with Seniors Who Have Dementia

from SeniorHomes.com

"For seniors coping with dementia, one of the greatest frustrations is the inability to do those things they once loved. Activities and hobbies that used to be second nature might start to feel fuzzy or distant..." 

 

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Caregivers, Chronically Ill Under More Stress

by Rosesann Skirble, Voice of America

May 1, 2012

"Americans are under considerable stress, according to a new survey by theAmerican Psychological Association.

Nearly half of the respondents reported an increase in stress over the last five years.  

While money, work and the economy were cited as the major causes, stress levels were particularly acute among people with chronic diseases or those caring for aging or chronically ill family members. 

Caregivers report higher levels of stress, poorer health and a greater tendency to engage in unhealthy behaviors to alleviate their stress than the general public."

 

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Alzheimer's carries heavy toll on 15M unpaid caregivers 

from USA Today Your LIfe.com

Nearly 15 million unpaid caregivers help someone with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia in the USA — 37% more than last year, according to a report out today from the Alzheimer's Association....

"Knowing there were resources would have helped me a lot," says Roaten, who recently started her own local support group...

"It's easy to write a prescription," [Alzheimer's expert Zoran] Grujic, [director of the Memory Assessment Program at Central DuPage Hospital's Neurosciences Institute, in Winfield, Ill.] says. But caregivers take the patient home, and then what? How do they manage a patient's behavior and take care of their own health?

"The problem needs to be addressed now," he says.


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How to Reduce Your Caregiver Stress 

from Right at Home.net  Austin, Texas

It is important for caregivers to take care of themselves. You cannot provide proper care for your loved one unless you have taken care of yourself first. That can mean de-stressing in various ways, from playing a round of golf to taking a bath, from a vacation to a cup of coffee with a friend, from taking a class once a week to taking 15 minutes a day to meditate. Whatever it is that relaxes and rejuvenates you is what you should purposefully make time for in your busy schedule. Also, eat regular and balanced meals, get enough sleep and don’t drink excessively.

If you are having a hard time with stress and feeling the blues about your loved one, it may be appropriate to see a counselor. This person will listen to you and put your situation into perspective. You are doing a good thing, even if it’s easy to forget on a daily basis. You might also want to join a support group of fellow family caregivers. These people are going through the same emotional and physical roller coaster that you are.

It may also be beneficial to seek paid help at home.

 

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Caregivers of Veterans - Serving the Homefront

by NAC

April 7, 2011

Caregiving in the U.S. showed that 11% of all caregivers of adults have served in the armed forces, and 17% of their care recipients are veterans.

 

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Financial Matters

From AgingCare.com

Tax tips for caregivers, managing parents' finances, 10 government programs for elderly parents.

 

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US Food and Drug Administration's Database on Approved Drugs

Massive database includes approved FDA drugs, active ingredients, purpose, recommended dosages, side effects & conflicts with other medications; products and medical procedures, more.

 

 


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