By Teresa Simpson
At age 26, I was a busy, happy, stay at home mom; caring for Michael and our two sons on the sunny beach in Oxnard, CA when it became necessary for us to bring Michael’s beloved 91 year old grandmother into our home to live. It was one of those “best of times and worst of times” type of experiences, and it gave me a clear picture of how difficult it is for today’s “sandwich generation” to be caring for both their children and their aging parents.
Some years later my mother had to move our precious “Baba” (her mother) out of her home and into a nursing home because there was no other way of caring for her. I know the guilt my mother suffered; and still does to this day because she was not able to care for my grandmother by taking her in or letting her stay in her own home. There just wasn’t a “Visiting Angel” to call for help.”
It is stressful being a caregiver for an elderly parent or loved one, no matter how much you may love them. There is a significant amount of disruption to your life and schedule, as well as the worry and sorrow of watching one you love become more helpless.
There are also feelings involved with elderly care including frustration, guilt, resentment, and hopelessness. Feeling unappreciated for all of the work you do also contributes to anxiety. There are some ways to combat the stress of elderly care including getting help and support, maintaining your health, and staying organized about the patient’s health and care. Continue reading “Relieving Stress – A Home Care Provider Can Help” »
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a progressive illness that works to deteriorate the brain cells. There is no cure. And, as the brain cells cease to function as they once did, many changes may take place with the patient.
For example, changes in memory, judgment, behaviors (increased aggression, agitation, etc.), and sleep may be affected. Many of these behaviors are a direct result of the amount of the hormone melatonin, which can aide in one’s mood. One of the normal courses of treatment for behavioral problems in patients with AD is a Continue reading “Music to a Seniors Ears – Help for Alzheimer’s Disease” »
Knowing how to fuel your body’s furnace is a great beginning to being healthy (reference last week’s Weekly Message on blueberries).
However, without exercise, the rate of metabolism, especially as it relates to those bad things we tend to load up on (chips, sugars, etc.), will never stay ahead of the food we do eat, and thus we will always lose the “let’s be healthy” battle.
Yet, even as we age, the need for exercise is always present.
The good news is that exercise is not just for the young and the athletic. Tai Chi is a form of exercise founded in the 13th century and Yoga is an Indian tradition; providing both relaxation and a beneficial form of exercise that is Continue reading “Tai Chi or Yoga? Try Them Both.” »