ElderCarelink Blog

Six ways to take a mini-break from caregiving

by Judy Kirkwood
July 14th, 2011 at 9:00 am

Sometimes you just gotta get away, but you can’t go very far because you only have a few hours of coverage before you have to be back to take care of your family member. Don’t overlook the simple things you wish you could do “if you only had the time.” Make the time: If you don’t, your stress level and resentment may continue to increase.

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Reduce stigma of dementia by sharing diagnosis

by Carol Bursack
July 13th, 2011 at 4:07 pm

When my dad had brain surgery to drain fluid that was damming up behind scar tissue in his brain, the medical reasoning was the surgery would prevent dementia. Dad had suffered a closed head injury during World War II, but had recovered fairly well from the trauma. However, age brought on new challenges. This surgery was supposed to be the answer. For unknown reasons, the surgery backfired. Dad came out of surgery with severe dementia.

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Heart-to-heart: connecting with others

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
July 11th, 2011 at 9:23 am

A grandmother recently shared how much she appreciated all that her grandson was doing so she could remain in her home. But, what she appreciated most were their “heart to heart” talks. They were both realistic about how long she might be able to live alone in her home. She had raised him when he was a teenager and their special bond allowed for the sharing of feelings on both sides.

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Celebrating holidays with your loved one

by Judy Kirkwood
July 9th, 2011 at 9:00 am

With the Fourth of July behind us and Labor Day ahead (which is when we celebrate my 9/1 and my sister’s 8/31 birthdays), I’m thinking about how my sister always made holidays special for my mom. My feeling as a long-distance caregiver was why bother with all the hoo-haw? I remember my grandmother saying “It’s just another day,” when we brought her presents at Christmas or on her birthday, even though I could see she was delighted to open them.

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Study reveals sundowning with Alzheimer’s likely has a biological basis

by Carol Bursack
July 8th, 2011 at 9:00 am

Sundowning is a syndrome in which elders–particularly those with Alzheimer’s–tend to display high levels of activity, anxiety and agitation, sometimes accompanied by delirium, near the end of the day. Sundowning has confused, frustrated and even frightened caregivers over the years.

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