Practical Tips for the Long-Distance Caregiver

These days, many more families are moving further away from each other, whether for work, education or family. Despite this, new technologies available make it easier than ever to connect with loved ones who live further away. As parents age, however, adult children tend to move closer to where their loved one lives. While some move closer as their parents begin to age, preparing to serve as a caregiver, some remain distanced where they are.

Safety for Caregiver Spouses: How to Manage Challenging Behaviors

Considering the changes one goes through as dementia progresses—the loss of memories, confusion, sensory problems, diminishing abilities, the struggle to communicate—it’s no wonder that challenging behaviors evolve in response to their ever-changing world. For the spouse of a loved one with memory loss, dealing with challenging behaviors such as aggression, suspicion and delusions can be emotionally trying and, in some cases, dangerous for both partners’ safety.

The Art of Listening: Connecting to Your Loved One with Nonverbal Communication

For loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia or progressive neurological conditions, the ability to communicate verbally slowly disappears. In the case of Alzheimer’s disease, a loved one will repeat themselves, have trouble finding the right words and eventually won’t be able to speak or understand what others say. In the latest stages of such diseases, caregivers and family members have to learn the language of nonverbal communication in order to connect with their loved one.

What to Watch For: Signs & Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

Sadly, many seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease are undiagnosed because the symptoms of memory loss are often misjudged as a normal part of “getting old.” Unlike normal aging, where it’s common to forget things from time to time, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease completely disrupt a person’s daily life. In addition to memory loss, seniors living with Alzheimer’s experience a variety of cognitive and physical impairments that, as they progress, are far from typical.

Assisted Living Benefits That Home Care Can’t Offer

Given the choice, most of us would prefer to stay in our own homes as long as possible – or even longer. If you have an older loved one who needs some support to stay well, receiving medical care or custodial support in the home may seem like the ideal choice. However, experts in the senior living field agree that seniors experience overall better quality of life, and that families have more peace of mind, when they move to an assisted living community.

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