Fast foods is one of the greatest comfort foods man has ever created in this century. From burgers to grilled cheese one could simply not deny the gastronomic pleasures these quick eats can bring to someone. However, recent studies show that these quick eats can be harmful for us as we grow older. If burnt food may result into cancer, processed food may increase risk to Alzheimer’s disease.
Caregivers are seen as one of the modern day heroes. There has been many articles written on how difficult their life could be in exchange for high paychecks where their time for their family, friends and themselves are spent mostly with their elderly patients in homes. However, some of these caregivers are closer to home and are not trained in the strenuous life. In fact, they did not ask for the job, the job came to them.
Take Eva Bonilla’s circumstance for example. After a fire that took away her parents home, possessions and her mother, she was faced with the decision to take care of her 85-year old father, Jesse Sandoval. A World War II veteran and hero whose local neighborhood park was named him after, and who did not want his children to take care of him but the experience proved humbling for the family until Sandoval’s death in 2010. Eva Bonilla and Jesse Sandoval’s situation is just one of the many families out there who have to face the decision that home care can sometimes be the only option for them. However, this would require more complex care.
Nutritional needs change as one grows older and elderly patients are in need of a specific nutritional value that is not quite the same as with younger patients and infants. And it is because of their specific set of needs that caregivers should always keep a look out for as they may differ from patient to patient.
It is not strange for a family to face problems relating to the personal care of their elderly loved ones – especially for those who do not have enough time to care for their needs every day. Sometimes it is the children themselves who find it a struggle on whether they should keep on taking care of their aging parents or if they should just drop them off at a nursing home.
Alzheimer’s disease can strike anyone at any age and at any given time and it’s is a scary truth. If you have watched Still Alice, Julianne Moore portrayed a woman named Alice Howland who was diagnosed with the illness as early as her 50s and it speaks so much about how a disease can go beyond the generally accepted truth – in this case Alzheimer’s is no longer a senior citizen’s bane.
2014 has come and gone and it is time to start a new. If you haven’t been the best caregiver for your senior now is the time change and if you think you did well, there is still room for improvement for the year 2015.
Here are some New Year’s resolutions that senior caregivers should add to their resolution list.
Give time for yourself
As much as it is important for one to be highly involved in their work, for the following year give more time for yourself as health will always be wealth. You can’t always take care of your senior if you are not in top shape so always take some time out so you can recuperate, get well and keep stress at bay. Trust us, it will do wonders for you.