Alzheimer’s Caregiver / 15 posts found

Decreasing Caregiver’s Costs

by Nancy Landa
5 Tips for decreasing caregiver’s costs of caring for elderly parents. Over 30 million Baby Boomers provide countless hours of assistance to elderly parents at no charge. It is estimated that, using average hourly wages, the total amount of this uncompensated care is comparable to the entire Medicare budget. For the estimated 7 million Boomers who provide long distance care, actual out of pocket expenses amount to almost $5,000 per month. For caregivers who have, or are considering leaving the workforce to care for an ailing parent, the costs are even greater over $650,000 in forfeited salaries, benefits and pensions. […]

The Guardians Gift: A Legacy Experience

by Nancy Landa
The Guardians Gift:  Creating a Legacy Experience With Your Loved One. My guest on today’s show is Dr. Judy Butler.  Dr. Butler is a certified Pastoral Psychotherapist in private practice, who consults with, counsels and coaches Adult Children of Aging Parents, members of the “Sandwich Generation”, Caregivers, and Senior Adults interested in creating a Legacy Experience through 2nd half and end of life planning. On October 31, 2018 — Butler Counseling & Consulting, LLC received the 2018 Best of Mebane Award in Religious Counseling. Dr. Butler holds a doctorate in psychotherapy from The Graduate Theological Foundation, a Master of Divinity […]

Caregiver Guilt Relief Tips

by Nancy Landa
Caregiver Guilt Relief: 5 Tips To Manage Guilt So Guilt Serves You, Not Imprisons You Guilt is a common feeling in the landscape of care giving.  Guilt can propel you to be the best you can be or it can immobilize you. For Alzheimer’s family caregivers, painful feelings — such as guilt, sadness and anger — are like any other pain. It’s your body’s way of saying, ‘Pay attention.’ Just as the pain of a burned finger pulls your hand from the stove, so, too, guilt guides your actions and optimizes your health. Old emotions that you may have had as […]

Making A Memory Scrapbook

by Nancy Landa
The majority of the 4.5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease live at home, where family and friends provide most of their care.  Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease is both emotionally and physically challenging.  Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that not only affects memory, but gradually destroys a person’s ability to learn and carry out daily activities.  As memory loss and other symptoms worsen, the amount of time and energy caregivers and families spend taking care of their loved one increases. A few weeks ago, I did an entire episode around activities caregivers can do with […]

Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver

by Nancy Landa
Being an Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver: The Long Goodbye I was a Caregiver. I was the primary caregiver for my elderly mother who suffered for the last few years on Earth from the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease. It is a desperately cruel disease (most are, I know) in that it robs people (by and large) of their dignity and their independence at a stage in life when they need it most. In the United Kingdom, the Alzheimer’s Society claimed in a recent survey that over 750,000 people suffer from Alzheimer’s and related dementia problems. In the United States it is […]

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 […]

Activities for Alzheimer’s

by Nancy Landa
Let’s talk about activities to do with people with Alzheimer’s.  Life does not and should not come to a standstill just because a person has Alzheimer’s disease (AD). While they may have memory impairment and a decline in social skills, they’re still people with thoughts and feelings. Adults who have parents with Alzheimer’s will find themselves in a very delicate and heartbreaking situation. On the one hand, they’ll remember all the memories they’ve shared with their parents, and on the other hand, their parents may not even be able to recollect these memories. So, the children don’t really know what […]

Important Tips For Caregivers

by Nancy Landa
Caregivers of aging parent(s) or those facing the challenges of assisting a loved one or friend who is chronically ill, disabled or elderly are growing in numbers. As a caregiver, you are one of the 22 million Americans who care for an older adult. Caregivers provide 80 percent of in-home care, but unlike nurses and home health aids, they are mostly unpaid for their labor of love. Dr. Elizabeth Clark, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers says “Care giving is a difficult job that can take a toll on relationships, jobs and emotional well-being.  Those who care […]

Responsibilities of Alzheimer’s Family Caregivers

by Nancy Landa
    The responsibilities of Alzheimer’s family caregivers is enormous.  Is it no wonder that the #1 complaint of  caregivers is stress?  Many of these responsibilities overlap a bit into other areas, but I wanted to give you something to work with.  Depending on where you’re currently at in your journey with your loved one, you’ll take something different away from this article. Knowing what lies ahead in your journey as a family caregiver will help you prepare and plan for when things get more difficult.  This is better than being surprised by having to make yet another change in […]

The Last Thing You Want Friends & Family To Say

by Nancy Landa
Well-meaning friends and family don’t know what to say, but this is something I absolutely hated to hear…