Caregiver Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

If you’re caring for an elderly parent, it’s likely you’ll be exhausted by the physical and mental energy needed by your aging loved one. Take time to rest, or you may suffer from compassion fatigue, also known as caregiver burnout. Symptoms of Compassion Fatigue Excessive blaming Bottled up emotion Complaining Substance abuse Difficulty concentrating Poor…

Therapeutic Massage Benefits for Elderly

Massage therapy is vital for elderly people since with old age, body muscles and bones become weaker. There are different options when it comes to massage. If convenience is a major factor to make a final decision then getting a full body massage chair for the elderly people is the easiest at-home option as it…

Dementia and obsessions

“Mom, why do you have an entire shelf of plastic take-home containers?” “I might need them someday.” My mother’s answer is the same no matter what I ask. Plastic Cool Whip containers, empty sour cream tubs, tiny lidded bowls that once contained sauce. Old towels, empty coffee cans, and plastic bags of every size and…

5 Problems Faced by Caregivers of Elderly People

Caring for an elder is oftentimes perceived as a blessing in disguise. However, adhering persistently to fulfilling the needs of one’s aging parent can take its toll on a person. But if you know the problems, you can definitely find a solution. Here, I’ll point out the five most difficult problems faced by the caregivers.…

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The Adrenaline Rush of Caregiving

On Labor Day, I left my doctor’s office and hopped in my car to drive home. My cell phone rang, and I saw it was my mom calling. I answered with my usual cheery, “Hello-o.” Mom’s hitched breathing came through the phone. “What’s wrong?” I demanded, as adrenaline surged from my overworked adrenal gland. “I…