Geriatric Psychiatry: Part of a Comprehensive Care Plan“Depression and anxiety are common among the elderly, but not intrinsic to aging,” says Dr. Rahul Khurana, MD...
What You Need To Know About Veteran And Spouse BenefitsAegis deeply appreciates our veterans – we have had a member of the original Band of Brothers with us, as well as many men and women service members in each of our communities...
What You Need to Know About Veteran and Spouse Benefits
4 Ways to Support a Couple with DementiaThe spouse of someone with dementia is experiencing not only the pressure of caring for a loved one, but also their own personal loss and sadness as their loved one slips away. This profound change in their marriage and relationship can be difficult beyond words and overwhelming for the couple. Many caregiving spouses don’t ask for the help that they desperately need. Here are some ideas on how you can provide support for a couple with dementia.
Five Helpful Tips to Downsize and Move Your Loved OneDo your parents still live in the home where you grew up? Are there notches on the door frame that mark your growth as a child? Is there a spot in the backyard where you buried your first goldfish? Do you know where everyone sits at a holiday dinner? Does the kitchen smell of mom’s cookies? And do the worn tools in the garage fit your father’s hands perfectly? Here are some tips for making the move a little easier. If you feel this many emotions toward your childhood home, how do you think your aging loved one may feel? For a senior, who can no longer live independently, a move can be very challenging. You need to be sensitive. Understand that physical, emotional, and cognitive changes can affect their ability to participate in a move.
Caregiver’s Guide to CommunicationIf you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, it is important to take the time to learn how to communicate effectively with them. Improving your communication skills can decrease the stress of caregiving. It can improve your relationship with your loved one and later be beneficial if difficult behaviors develop.
Driving Danger: When To Take The Keys AwayHow can you determine whether your loved one should no longer be driving?
Planning Your Own Long-Term CareAs you locate the assisted living community that will best suit your parents, you may be thinking about your own senior years and how you will handle your own personal needs then. While it is difficult to say precisely what you will need in terms of care and support, you could benefit from determining now what your wishes for long-term care may be in the future. Here are a few tips to consider when you are thinking about your choices: