You might want to start rethinking about hitting that all-night sleep. Studies are suggesting that the lack of sleep and sleep disturbances leads to Alzheimer’s disease.
According to a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, the chemical changes in brain cells caused by lack of sleep (resulting into a jet lag-like effect) contributes to learning and memory loss. Though some may consider their sleep disturbances as something normal, older adults experience this more frequently. These becomes more severe when Alzheimer’s disease is apparent.
Sleep problems that commonly affect people with Alzheimer’s are:
Happy Family Caregivers Month!
There’s no other joy than being of service to others, but especially to your aging loved ones. Being a family caregiver is not just a thankless job but it is a special vocation that anyone can commit to – just as long as they have the heart and patience to fulfill their tasks as a carer.
Halloween is just around the corner and there’s this festive gloom in the air. Costume making, door-to-door trick or treating and candy are just some of the things that are highly looked forward to for this holiday. However, some of you might be unable to enjoy it because you are still recovering from a recent surgery.
Getting injured is one of the most frustrating things that could ever happen especially if you are an athlete or someone who wants to stay physically fit. Unfortunately, mental healing in injury does not occur overnight nor can injuries be avoided but when the time comes people should be aware that recovery is not just limited to the physical aspect – it should also include the mental aspect as well. The reason why this is important is because mental health is fragile. It can waver at simplest discouragement, especially if the athlete is sensitive at being unable to participate. This may lead to serious issues such as depression, anxiety or even substance abuse.
Are you a new caregiver? Congratulations and welcome to the world of caregiving. However, we do have a bit of news for you: Caregiving doesn’t come with a manual. However, what’s good about it is that it encourages the caregiver to exercise their creativity and patience to be able to come up with ways on how they could improve their senior’s life without stressing themselves out in the process. One of the effective ways is by receiving the help of a pet.
Imagine yourself sitting in a chair on a fine morning. You find yourself staring off into space without much of a coherent train of thought. Then you suddenly find a canvas in front of you with a table of brushes and paint. Without thinking twice, you create colors from strokes. Before you know it, time has passed and you’ve created something but you still don’t remember what you’re doing here.
Admit it. There is always a time in your caregiving journey when you want to take a long and relaxing vacation. But when that time does come and go, you find yourself in a standstill then you start asking yourself this important question, “What’s next?”
Caregiving is not only limited to caring for the elderly but it also spawns to other types of patients including disabled people. But the pressure and duties are still the same as the caregiver has to face such as stress. However, there are also differences when it comes to the type of care and it may not be the same as to caring for the elderly or those suffering from dementia.
Being an Alzheimer’s caregiver can be a stressful profession. Not only will you want to fulfill the expected duties of a caregiver but you also have to deal with patients with special needs, such as those with Alzheimer. Caregiving can be a daunting task, so if you are a caregiver it’s normal to feel stressed and fatigued. This is natural as Caregiving is strenuous task, however you should always remember to give yourself time to recover. Remember that you can only do so much.
One of the most important things that families and caregivers should be vigilant about when caring for a senior is their diet. Seniors diets are a far-cry from the diet that they have grown used to when they were younger and most of the time they need help re-adjusting to a new diet. They may get cranky and short-tempered, but always be patient and let them understand why you are doing this.