September 2019 / 6 posts found

10 Alzheimer’s Caregiver Stress Relief Tips

by Nancy Landa
Caregiver stress relief – As a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, I don’t need to tell you it is stressful.  That’s like the understatement of the century, right?  What I want to give you are 10 stress relief tips you can take action on today. Caregiver Stress Relief Tip #1: Diet What you eat is important to avoid highs and lows emotionally and physically.  A low carb diet is most beneficial because it helps maintain blood sugar, and helps your body burn fat.  While you don’t necessarily need to follow a Keto diet, which can be […]
Refusal To Bathe

Caregiver Training: Refusal to Bathe

by Nancy Landa
Caregiver Training:  Refusal To Bathe is transcribed from video and provides great insight on how caregivers can encourage their loved one to bathe without it being a battle every time.  By following these tips, bathing can be much less stressful for both caregiver and loved one. “My mother used to shower every day.  Now if I don’t remind her, she refuses to bathe at all.  If I try to help her and courage her to take a bath, she argues with me and gets upset, so she’s afraid of the water.  What can I do?”  “Mom it’s 8 a.m.  Time […]
Alzheimer's Caregiver Health

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health

by Nancy Landa
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health is transcribed from video. Hi, I am Laurie Owen from Home Instead Senior Care. Today I am talking about how to take care of yourself when you are a caregiver. The demands of caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can force you to focus all of your energy on his or her care. In fact, research shows that many people start neglecting their own care when they are caring for others. A loss of self care can result in both physical and emotional stress. You may experience a loss of sleep, headaches and […]
Alzheimer's Caregiver Burnout

Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Burnout

by Nancy Landa
  Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Burnout is transcribed from video and provides tremendous insight into how to prevent it.  Enjoy! Hi! I am Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care.  Today I am talking about avoiding (family) caregiver burnout. Let’s talk about ways to cope in dealing with Alzheimer’s patients. Many family caregivers presently care for a parent or spouse who is suffering from some sort of dementia. In fact, the frequency of dementia increases with rising age; from less than 2% for the 65 to 69 year-olds, to 5% for the 75-79 year-olds, and to more than 20% for the […]
Alzheimer's Caregiver Guilt

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Guilt

by Nancy Landa
  1 of the worst emotions of an Alzheimer’s caregiver – “Guilt”.  (Transcribed from video) Guilt may be the most annoying of the “seven deadly emotions” of Alzheimer’s care-giving. It’s right up there with resentment, worry, fear, anger, loneliness, and grief. This podcast episode is based on the original article written by Paul Spencer Scott.  One of the worst emotions of Alzheimer’s – guilt.  Guilt is especially bothersome because it tends to be the least rooted in reality.  There’s often no reason to feel guilty but we feel it just the same.  Guilt usually stems from caring so much we […]
An Alzheimer's Caregiver Perspective

The Toll Alzheimer’s Takes on Caregivers

by Nancy Landa
  The toll Alzheimer’s takes on caregivers is transcribed from the above video. We are certainly meeting a lot of passionate people this morning.  Very passionate about fighting this disease together.  I want to introduce you to our next guest, Mary Olson. We thank Mary for coming in today to share her story.  I know it is not easy, but you are so passionate.  You want to get that word out and so you are here today to do that.  Let’s talk a little bit about your story.  You’ve been experiencing this for several years now.  You are starting to […]