The holidays are a time for recognizing those who honor us day in and day out with their service. This includes those saintly souls who care for the sick, aged, and physically or mentally challenged. So here are 10 thoughtful gift ideas for the caregiver in your life.
Is It Dementia or Normal Aging?--Dementia Home Care Assessment
Martha's mom has always been a bit on the difficult side: very opinionated, stubborn, quick to point out flaws. But in the last couple of years it's been getting worse. Her mom has been getting obsessive about certain topics, "beating a dead horse" over and over. She recently got into a heated argument with her caregiver over the definition of "organic". The caregiver was agreeing with her, but Marhta's mom began screaming and escalating the argument, seeming to feel misunderstand and violated. When the family stepped in to defend, mom began attacking them, screaming at the top of her lungs. Only after everyone left the room and returned a few minutes later, did they find mom sobbing to herself. She said "I don't understand why I do that," "Why am I so negative?" , "I don't want to feel this way, what is wrong with me?"
Senior Depression: Early Warning Signs
David was born and raised on a ranch. He was married on a ranch, raised his kids on a ranch, and grew his herd from just a few head of cattle when he and his wife were married, to over 600 head on property that expanded to over 1,000 acres. He loved ranching! He went our every morning before dawn to supervise the ranch hands as they fed the herd. As he put on his cowboy hat each morning before stepping outside, he said that brought him to life and put him in the ranching "zone" that energized him. Even later after his first stroke, his number one cowboy would pick him up and drive him around the property in his customized pickup truck every morning. That is what he lived for, the thing that gave purpose and meaning to his life, and he loved it.
Topics: Depression and Mental Health
Elderly Depression, Symptoms and Strategies near Cameron Park CA
Elderly depression is something that affects a large portion of the population and though there is a misconception that this condition primarily affects teenagers and young adults, senior adults are actually at some of the highest risk of not only developing depression, but suffering with it for an extended period. Older adults cope with depression for a wide variety of reasons, including losing their partners and other loved ones, facing their own mortality, decreased social interaction, isolation, and dealing with increased physical and mobility issues. These feelings are not just uncomfortable, they can lead to loss of motivation and faster physical decline.
Pet Therapy for Home Care in Sacramento CA
We all know of the tremendous benefit service dogs bring to the disabled, but there is a new trend that has some promising value for people suffering from dementia in the Sacramento region. It seems that people suffering from
these cognitive decline symptoms can be helped by the companionship of all kinds of domesticated animals: dogs, cats, horses, fish and even birds.
The most important thing to do when you suspect depression in the elderly is to fully understand what is going on with them. Depression is triggered by loss. As we grow older the number of losses we experience mount up. After all, life is a series of losses: losing our youth, a love, a job, a marriage, financial health, and physical health…the list is endless. But loss in itself does not have to lead to depression.
Things to Consider When Hiring Home Care Services near Sacramento, CA for a Loved One with Dementia or Alzheimer's!
March 5, 2014 by Patrick Philbrick
Sacramento HomeCare: Some facts about alternative treatments in the care of Dementia Patients. (Excerpts from the National Institute of Health)
1) To date there is no convincing evidence from a large body of research that any dietary supplement can prevent worsening of cognitive impairment associated with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. This includes studies of ginkgo, omega-3 fatty acids/fish oil, vitamins B and E, Asian ginseng, grape seed extract, and curcumin. Additional research on some of these supplements is underway.
2) Preliminary studies of some mind and body practices such as music therapy suggest they may be helpful for some of the symptoms related to dementia, such as agitation and depression. Several studies on music therapy in people with Alzheimer’s disease have shown improvement in agitation, depression, and quality of life.
3) Mindfulness-based stress reduction programs may be helpful in reducing stress among caregivers of patients with dementia. (Harmony Home Health has an In-service and public program designed to teach these techniques). To reduce caregiver stress, studies suggest that a mindfulness-based stress reduction program is more helpful for improving mental health than attending an education and support program or just taking time off from providing care.
4) Don’t use complementary health approaches as a reason to postpone seeing a health care provider about memory loss. Treatable conditions, such as depression, bad reactions to medications, or thyroid, liver, or kidney problems, can impair memory.
5) Some complementary health approaches interact with medications and can have serious side effects. If you are considering replacing conventional medications with other approaches, talk to your health care provider.
Caring for an elderly person can sometimes be demanding to the point of taking us to the breaking point. Those of you who care for seniors at home, or in care facilities know how this feels. It is essential that we take time out to care for ourselves or we too will become sick.