Fifty years ago, psychologist Herbert J. Freudenberger studied and summed up the symptoms of chronic fatigue in medical and caregiving professions with the term burnout. He described it as a “state of mental and physical exhaustion caused by one’s professional life.”
When we notice changes in our loved one’s behavior and increased forgetfulness it can feel alarming and overwhelming, even if we feel we have prepared ourselves for this moment. What do I do now? Who can I turn to in my area?
Lately you’ve noticed that you’ve been misplacing items or have been a little more forgetful than usual. Are you just getting older? Or is it dementia?
It’s worrisome when our loved ones with dementia suddenly exhibit changes in behavior. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common ailments and conditions that occur with dementia, what behavior changes could come with them, as well as some caregiving tips on how to handle them.
These basic diet guidelines are super-important to the nutrition of our senior loved ones with dementia as they cover the vital nutrients that support the brain, heart, nervous system, bone structure, and immune system.
Social isolation is an enormous concern for our elderly during the current pandemic. The process of keeping our most vulnerable population from being exposed to COVID-19 must include a degree of separation from the general population and other measures to reduce transmission. However, this process alone comes with an additional set of risks not associated with infection.
Most assisted living facilities have taken measures to keep residents safe during COVID-19 by strictly limiting or not allowing visitors. While these precautions do ensure a much greater level of safety for residents, long-term isolation and quarantine can lead to unwanted side effects, such as mental stress, loneliness, and depression.
Studies suggest that 50 – 80% of people with Parkinson’s disease may end up with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease dementia (PDD). Here is how you can help.