As we age, our bodies change and we may be more susceptible to chronic health conditions. One of those conditions is depression. The likelihood of your aging loved one suffering from depression depends on a variety of factors, such as new or worsening health problems, previous bouts of mental illness, as well as how connected they are to their communities, friends, and family.
Depression affects people of any age, but as we get older, it can become more likely. The aging process is difficult for everyone and becomes especially difficult when your loved one may not be able to do as much as they used to be able to do, debilitating medical conditions take hold, or they begin to lose lifelong friends from age. It’s a transitional time in a person’s life.
Dementia is a progressive brain disease that affects memory, thinking, behavior, and communication. It's a common condition among seniors, and it can be challenging for families and caregivers to provide appropriate care as the disease progresses.
Understanding the stages of dementia can help you provide better care to your aging loved ones.
At some point in your life, you will likely be tasked to care for a loved one either due to illness, injury, or age-related complications. One of the most common and long-term types of caregiving is related to caring for an elderly loved one, be it a family member, spouse, or friend. As people age, they face an increased risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or a decline in general health. Most of the time, depending on the family’s situation, the responsibility of caring for a loved one falls on a spouse or close relatives such as an adult child or sibling.
Keep reading below to learn some great self-care tips that can help bring back balance into your life as a caregiver.
The holidays are upon us! The holidays can be a stressful time with all the hustle and bustle, especially for our aging loved ones who may not be able to do as much anymore due to age-related physical or cognitive complications. There are still ways to get them involved in the process and have a wonderful time with them, no matter what. Keep reading below for some of our tips!
When considering in-home care and how aging is affecting your loved ones, consider Activities of Daily Living and how well they can be performed on a daily basis. Many people can go a long time being independent and not needing care, and others may decline quickly.
The aging process varies from person to person and takes into account how well they have taken care of themselves thus far, as well as genetic conditions they are susceptible to and more. Keep reading below for ideas on how to assess your loved one and determine when it's time to hire an in-home caregiver.