Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a nice, uneventful week and some respite planned for the weekend. If you have some time this weekend, you may want to check out my tips for prepping for a busy week and caregiving shortcuts to make next week go smoothly.
Here are my five favorite caregiving stories this week. Enjoy!
Constable: Wife Tells of Alzheimer’s Toll on Caregivers: Staggering statistic – according to a Stanford University study, Alzheimer’s caregivers have a 63% higher mortality rate than non-caregivers and 40% or caregivers die from stress-related disorders before the Alzheimer’s patient dies. That right there is proof positive that caregivers need to take better care of themselves. It isn’t selfish, it is necessary. I have self-care tips that can be done in three minutes or less than 20 minutes. It is easy to put yourself on the back burner, but it is necessary to everyone that you don’t.
3 Roadblocks Families Typically Face When Seniors Give Up the Car Keys: Even if a senior hands over the keys willingly, there is still a lot of turmoil that comes with giving up driving, from who will provide transportation to ensuring they are able to continue participating in social activities. If you are dealing with this challenge, check out my post on discussing transportation with elderly parents as well.
7 Simple Reminders When Dealing With the Stress of Death: At some point, everyone will have to handle death in the family. This article provides simple reminders on how to deal with it.
Affordable Ways to Make Your Home Disability Friendly: Approximately 12% of the American population has a disability either from birth or acquired, physical or psychological, temporary or permanent. This article provides practical suggestions for making a home disability friendly on a budget.
Libraries in Care Homes Can Improve Residents’ Mood and Memory: I love this article because I am a giant book worm and connected with many of my clients – including those with dementia – over books. I had one client who was in two book clubs and we shared books we both loved. I recently started a free lending library in my son’s school to help give the kids more access to books. It is great to see books having such a positive effect on care home residents.
That wraps up the roundup. In case you missed my posts for the week, you can catch up here:
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