Tips for Caring for a Senior Who is Suffering from PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is one of the most common mental health concerns experienced throughout the United States. Approximately 70 percent of the population of the country has experienced at least one truly traumatic event in their lives, and at least 20 percent of those will develop PTSD as a result. This condition can have a negative impact on your parent’s health and … [Read more...]

Why do Seniors Bruise Easily?

Mary stopped in at her mom’s house after work to check on her, just as she did every day. Her mom, Alice, was enjoying the splash of afternoon sun that fell across her kitchen table while she sipped from a cup of tea. Mary sat down across from Alice with a smile on her face, but her smile quickly faded when Alice rested her arm on the table and Mary noticed a large bruise on the back of her arm … [Read more...]

Is It Time for your Elder Loved One to Stop Driving?

Everyone ages differently, so there is no set age when your mom should stop driving. Instead, determining when it’s time for mom to give up the keys requires you to be attentive for signs that she may be putting herself or others at risk when she is behind the wheel. Sometimes elders do not want to give up driving and may ignore the signs themselves, so it falls on caregivers to make the … [Read more...]

Is Your Elderly Loved One Fighting with You about Everything?

You think you're having a normal day with your elderly loved one, but then you realize that no matter what you've said, she's had something unpleasant to say in return. Having those types of unfriendly conversations and even fights with your elderly loved one isn't fun and doesn't provide a conducive environment for caregiving. Pain Can Make Your Elderly Loved One React with Anger Pain, … [Read more...]

Are You a New Caregiver in Crisis?

Being a new caregiver doesn't necessarily put you into a crisis, but it can make you more vulnerable to situations that can contribute. If you recognize any of these signs in your own life right now, you might need to take some fast action on your own behalf. You Pretty Much Only See Your Elderly Loved One Caregiving can take up quite a bit of your time and energy, that's for sure. But … [Read more...]

What Should You Include in Your Own Self-care Plan as a Caregiver?

Your own self-care plan involves more than just yourself, interestingly enough. There's your immediate tasks for keeping yourself healthy and happy, but there's a little more to it than that because you're responsible for someone else's care now, too. Your Plan for Staying Healthy Your self-care plan definitely needs to include plans for your own physical, mental, and emotional health. … [Read more...]

Are You Accidentally Shutting Other Family Members out of Caregiving?

It might be difficult to believe, but you can actually be doing things that keep other family members from helping you more. Believing that they don't really want to help or assuming that they won't are just two of the mistakes you could be making. Really Look at Whether They've Tried to Help It's not uncommon for your perception of a situation to be slightly different from another … [Read more...]

Is Your Elder Loved One’s Sleep Environment Keeping Her Awake?

It's easy to believe that just crawling into bed should be enough to help your elder loved one get some much-needed shuteye. But it can be more complicated than that. Check the Noise Levels Even if your elder loved one is normally hard of hearing, some sounds can make a big difference when she's trying to get to sleep. Try listening in her room at several different points in the day and … [Read more...]

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