Overcome One of the Top Caregiving Challenges: Caregiver Dread

 April 22, 2021 by Dean Bellefeuille

Tired caregiver experiencing caregiver dread.

What are your first thoughts when you wake up each morning? Are you looking forward to what your day holds, or would you prefer to crawl back under the covers and remain there? If you are experiencing more dread than delight as you think through your caregiving responsibilities for the day, you’re not the only one. In fact, one of the leading caregiving challenges is caregiver dread.

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If Lucidity Returns when Caring for Someone with Dementia: Here’s What It Means

 April 14, 2021 by Dean Bellefeuille

caregiver comforting person with dementia

Even when memory loss and confusion escalate through the advancement of Alzheimer’s, there is a remarkable reprieve that often occurs. Previously termed “terminal lucidity,” it’s more frequently now known as “paradoxical lucidity.” It signifies a sudden, short-term regaining of clarity to a nearly pre-dementia cognitive state. During this time, the effects can vary from nonverbal but emotional connections to noteworthy cognitive recovery.

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Caring for Aging Parents Post-Pandemic: Why We Can Expect a Healthier Work-Life Balance

 April 8, 2021 by Dean Bellefeuille

Mothering working and eating at the dining table.

If there is one positive after-effect associated with the pandemic, it’s the attention generated for the plight of family caregivers. Balancing work and home life is without question an incredible challenge for anyone caring for aging parents. As Lindsay Jurist-Rosner, CEO of Wellthy, explains, “Caregiving went from a silent struggle to being in the spotlight overnight.”

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Healthy Activities for Seniors: The Benefits of Gardening

 March 18, 2021 by Dean Bellefeuille

senior-lady-in-hat-gardening

The cool dampness of fresh soil. The warmth of the sun. The happy trills of songbirds. Gardening has the ability to engage so many of our senses, and provides many great benefits to older adults. Regardless of ability level or any space restrictions, there’s always a way to help older adults experience the pleasures of planting indoors or outdoors, watching new growth emerge, and harvesting. As the leading in home care company in Syracuse, NY and surrounding areas, we’re happy to share the benefits of gardening for seniors.

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Alzheimer’s Care Tips: Activities for Seniors with Low-Vision and Alzheimer’s

 March 11, 2021 by Dean Bellefeuille

happy ladies dancing

Finding activities which are fun and engaging for a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s disease tends to be a challenge. Add in vision impairment, and it could seem overwhelming. Nevertheless, it is vitally important to make certain each day holds possibilities for purpose, joy, and meaning – decreasing the level of frustration, agitation, and other challenging emotions and behaviors in dementia.

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One of the Latest Scams Targeting Seniors: The “Sweetheart Scam”

 March 4, 2021 by Dean Bellefeuille

senior-woman-on-computer

It’s been a little over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began; a year of fear, loneliness, and isolation for a great many older adults. Physical distancing has eliminated the ability to offer the comfort and warmth of a hug and even an in-person smile in many cases. Yet humans are social creatures, and this diminished socialization has many seniors turning online for connection – such as dating websites, which open them up to scams targeting seniors.

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The Dementia Research Milestones We Reached in 2020

 February 23, 2021 by Dean Bellefeuille

Dementia research is leading us ever closer to a cure.

With a great deal of negative news in the forefront of 2020, it is worth reflecting on a few of the remarkable achievements the year brought – including the advancements in dementia research. Katie McDonough, director of programs and services at the Alzheimer’s Association, shares, “There are many things that we’re learning and it’s an exciting time for Alzheimer’s research.”

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The Benefits of Family Counseling for Seniors and Those Who Love Them

 February 17, 2021 by Dean Bellefeuille

Family counseling benefits seniors and the rest of the family, too

There are particular milestones we might experience in our lives that, though not necessarily negative, are known stressors. Losing a job. Starting a new job. Getting divorced. Getting married. And one that we in the home care industry are especially mindful of: the physical and mental impact on family members who are caring for aging parents.

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Are Your Parents Experiencing Elderly Depression? Here’s How to Find Out.

 February 8, 2021 by Dean Bellefeuille

Elderly depression is serious and requires medical care.

The fear and isolation as a result of COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the wellbeing of older adults, with nearly half of seniors surveyed in a Kaiser Family Foundation poll stating that their amount of stress and worry was adversely affecting their own health. Even though it still may be hazardous to visit in person with senior loved ones, it’s important to stay in regular and frequent contact, and also to look for any signs or changes that may signify a mental health concern, such as elderly depression.

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Tips for New Caregivers: Getting Started and Setting a Routine

 January 20, 2021 by Dean Bellefeuille

happy-senior-mother-with-new-caregiver

It may have come completely without warning: an unexpected fall that led to a fractured hip as well as the requirement that Mom stay at home with extra support. Or, it may have been building up over time, such as through the slow and incremental progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Whatever the circumstances, you have now found yourself in the job of family caregiver, and maybe are wondering specifically what this means and just how to navigate these new waters. (more…)