5 Things to Know When Caring for Relatives with Dementia

Finding out that your loved one has dementia can be difficult and scary. You know their lifestyle will inevitably change, and you know one day, they might not remember who you are. It can be a very overwhelming and heartbreaking thought, and taking care of such a relative can be extremely challenging. It requires a…

Home safety tips for Seniors who want to age in place

Caregiving for your aging parent or loved one in their home – Safety tips and resources Let’s face it, most people want to stay in their own home as long as possible, even when they can’t fully care for themselves. A caregiver has a responsibility is to ensure everything that can be done to make…

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…

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…

June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

June is Alzheimers & Brain Awareness month. Whether you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or just getting diagnosed, the Alzheimer’s Association website has a lot of resources to help. Use their Alzheimer’s Navigator to help you map out your future or plan the future with your loved one. You can also check out our…

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiver Resources

Caregivers for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Face Special Challenges Information about early-stage caregiving, middle-stage caregiving, or late-stage caregiving, is available on the the Alzheimer’s Association website Alz.org Alzheimer’s Support for Caregivers Online: Discussion Groups, Videos and more… http://alzonline.phhp.ufl.edu/ A discussion group: https://www.alzconnected.org/discussion.aspx Newly diagnosed? These sites may be helpful: The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving http://www.helpguide.org/articles/caregiving/support-for-alzheimers-and-dementia-caregivers.htm…

Caregiving Season – A Time For Hope

I had the privilege of talking with Dr. Freda Crews of Time For Hope. Her television program inspires and informs Christians who struggle with physical, emotional, and spiritual issues. Dr. Freda V. Crews, D. Min., Ph.D., is the Director of Time for Hope Ministries and the host of Time for Hope, the internationally syndicated television…