One of the most difficult things a parent has to do is leave their child with a caregiver. Trusting someone else to care for your children while you are at work isn’t easy. Read more for 4 tips that help you monitor your child's caregiver.
The holiday season is often a time when multiple generations come together to celebrate. Finding activities that help create stronger bonds between older adults and a family’s youngest generation is important. For some families, the holidays may be the only time of year for so many loved ones to be together.
Is there really a secret to true happiness? I've learned from older people that being grateful is a big part of why they are truly happy.
Our home is our castle, our island oasis when the outside world is too busy, it’s our safety net and our comfort zone. But thinking about it, how safe are we in our own homes? Especially if we’re older? National home injury statistics show that falls in the home are a serious public health problem, with nearly 5.1 million Americans injured by falls in and around the home each year. With a little planning and modifications, your home can easily be adapted for safety, keeping it as your castle, island oasis and your comfort zone.
Living longer and better requires a lot of attention to exercise and brain fitness. We all need exercise, fresh air and sunshine to maintain good health. Our brains also need to be exercised and experts on aging agree that reminiscing can elevate our moods and flex our brains in many positive ways. One way to accomplish both exercise and reminiscing is to plant a memory garden.
How long has it been since you played a game of checkers? Playing board and card games were something our elders had a lot of fun doing when they were young. Old fashioned games are a wonderful way to engage with your senior loved one. It will bring back good memories of their younger years.
Like many others, my family did not put a name to the behaviors and symptoms that my mother was exhibiting. We recognized some changes, got frustrated by our mother’s actions, and talked about it during long distance phone conversations. Then we ignored those symptoms and wrote it off as her having an “off” day. Now, mom’s problems have come to the forefront because of our dad’s cancer treatments and his need for us to help with mom. Even though it’s so incredibly difficult to say, here it goes: Mom has Alzheimer’s.
When my oldest son got married, I so wanted to be close to my new daughter-in-law, but it just didn't seem to happen. When their first child came along, I thought, now we'll get close, now we'll find so much to share. But, it just didn't happen. It wasn't until they had three children and Jenny began to do a lot of cooking that our relationship changed.
Every few weeks my dad goes for chemo, and while his side effects are minimal and he is capable of going alone, I usually tag along. My mother always goes, and while I don't think she understands the scope and severity of his illness because of her own dementia, it's important to both her and my dad that she is there too. We are typically at dad's chemo appointments for two or three hours. My job is to keep my mom company, and keep her somewhat entertained. That can be a tall order not only in the doctor's office but also at home, especially since mom has lost interest in a lot of her past activities due to the effects of her dementia. So how do we find a balance between things that she will like, and things that we are capable of working into her and dad's daily routine? We start by focusing on what she is interested in, and what she is capable of becoming involved in, instead of focusing on her limitations. The following are some suggestions for helping your loved one have a day filled with enriching activities.
Whether you're a long-distance caregiver, or your parents live close by, it's important to really understand what their needs are. Here's are some areas to consider when you know mom or dad is beginning to need some help.