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How to Reduce Compassion Fatigue and Caregiver Burnout

By Home Care Assistance, 6:50 pm on August 6, 2017
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Physical, emotional and mental exhaustion can signal dangerous levels of stress for caregivers Compassion fatigue and caregiver burnout share many of the same symptoms and causes. Both can be caused by sustained exposure to suffering, the stress of caregiving and watching a loved one decline steadily. Those who care for loved ones with dementia can’t slow the progression of the disease and that causes extreme levels of stress. The inability to detach oneself from the situation can lead to levels of stress that result in both compassion fatigue and caregiver burnout. To lessen levels of stress here is more information about what steps you should be taking to improve your overall mental and physical health. …

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Long-Distance Caregiving: The Three Most Unexpected Emotions

By Home Care Assistance, 6:55 pm on July 30, 2017
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As a long-distance caregiver, you are probably filled with worry and exhaustion. You may also experience feelings of guilt, doubt and resentment toward your loved one. While these emotions may be unwelcome and may make you feel uncomfortable, they are not unusual among long-distance caregivers. You can find a way to cope with these emotions while facilitating long-distance caregiving. Here are a few steps to start: How do you cope with guilt? It may help to change a few things; call more, visit more if you can, and send cards and letters. The more you increase your communication and connection to your loved one, the less guilty you may feel. Accept your limitations. Realistically, you may not …

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How Caregiving Will Change Over the Next Ten Years

By Home Care Assistance, 11:04 am on July 23, 2017
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Technology changes everything and that includes caregiving. Over the next ten years, it promises to make caregiving easier and improve the ability to care for loved ones. Whether you’re a dementia caregiver or long-distance caregiver, there are more and more resources to help with caregiving every day. The human touch will also be needed to avoid isolation and depression and those who look into the future have a good idea of how that can improve too. Advances that support caregivers are essential as the demographics of the United States change. The population is aging and Baby boomers have fewer children than their parents did. As a result, there will be more seniors and fewer children to care for …

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How Long-Distance Caregiving Impacts Work Productivity

By Home Care Assistance, 8:37 pm on June 26, 2017
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We have written a lot about the physical and emotional impact of being a long-distance caregiver, along with the high levels of stress that can lead to caregiver burnout. There is one more important issue to discuss and that is the impact that long-distance caregiving responsibilities can have on work. Caregiving duties can easily disrupt work schedules and career paths. A national study of 1,130 long-distance caregivers conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving with Zogby International looked at the impact of caregiving on work and the MetLife Mature Market Institute℠ published a report on the findings. It paints a picture of compassionate caregivers who are struggling to balance caregiving, their personal life, and work. …

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Brain Exercises Linked to Decreased Risk of Dementia

By Home Care Assistance, 1:18 pm on August 14, 2016
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Some cognitive training programs have earned a bad reputation in the media, and for good reason. These less reputable companies have made farfetched promises and claims that their products will prevent cognitive decline altogether. We know that complete prevention of dementia cannot be guaranteed, but cognitive training does engage and strengthen the brain, contributing to improved function of cognitive activity. Now, the latest research indicates a link between specific brain exercises and a decreased risk of symptoms associated with dementia. The results of the Advanced Cognitive Training in Vital Elderly, or ACTIVE study, were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, the world’s largest gathering of Alzheimer’s researchers. The study was funded by the National …

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Tips to Encourage an Aging Loved One to Turn in the Keys

By Home Care Assistance, 9:07 pm on July 31, 2016
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At some point, you or another relative may believe that one of your parents no longer capable of safely operating a motor vehicle. Taking the keys away and prohibiting someone from driving may make them feel a major loss of autonomy because they feel they can no longer drive freely to the store, church or coffee shop to connect with friends. Understandably, this situation can be extremely upsetting. However, for the physical well-being of everyone involved, including the safety of strangers on the road, a direct conversation may become necessary. If the circumstances are urgent, take your loved one to their primary physician to determine their driving abilities. Confide in the doctor that you are …

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Aging and Dying with Dignity

By Home Care Assistance, 7:46 pm on July 17, 2016
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According to AARP, nearly 117 million people in the United States will require some form of assistance with daily activities in the next few years. At that time, there will only be roughly 50 million individuals available to help. These figures are higher for people suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia as sufferers of cognitive decline may require multiple caregivers. Families should start setting up arrangements for care before it becomes an absolute necessity for their aging parents and loved ones. This will include an analysis of long-term care options, both home-based and residential community-based, in order to optimize the well-being of aging family members. Planning end-of-life care is more in-depth than a medical directive. A …

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Nutritional Care for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

By Home Care Assistance, 5:33 pm on June 19, 2016
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Promoting good nutrition supports mental well-being, energy levels and better health and is an important part of Alzheimer’s and dementia care. In our continuous pursuit to share educational resources for those providing care to individuals experiencing dementia, we’ve created 8 useful tips that may help with meal time preparation for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Sensory consideration. When preparing a table setting, attempt to create a soothing atmosphere. It is best to limit distractions during meal time and create a calming atmosphere while eating. Agitation may be minimized by using a tablecloth with a solid color and eliminating table patterns. Eating as a social event. Make meal times …

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Preventing Loneliness in Seniors

By Home Care Assistance, 4:18 pm on June 12, 2016
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Currently, about seven percent of older adults over the age of 60 suffer from clinical depression, though the condition is often underdiagnosed and undertreated. Many older adults experience intense feelings of loneliness due to being socially isolated, even when they wish to socialize and be surrounded by others. Older adults often enjoy sharing stories and other life experiences with others, some of which may even be considered inspiring, so it is important to reach out to senior loved ones and make an effort to spend time with them. Social isolation can stem from major events or changes in lifestyle. When older adults experience the loss of a spouse, they may withdraw and have decreased contact …

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Oral Health and Brain Health May Be Linked

By Home Care Assistance, 9:54 am on April 30, 2016
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In a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, researchers analyzed the link between oral health on cognitive health. Although scientists have known about the association between these two topics for some time, they are still uncertain on how the two are correlated. Researchers analyzed 1,412 studies from January 1993 to March 2013, and found that 56 of the studies were best suited to their criteria. Of the 56 studies, 40 were cross-sectional (made comparisons at a single point in time) and 16 were longitudinal (made comparisons over time). Of the 16 longitudinal studies, 11 looked at the effect of oral health on changes in cognitive health or incidence of dementia, while …

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