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Alzheimer’s Care Options: Be Proactiv...

by Senior Care Society on 04/27/2012 - 07:21 pm
Tag: Dementia

Getting an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis is nothing short of devastating. Harder still is when a decision must be made about care, either because the caregiver can no longer manage things on his/her own, or because the physical ramifications of the disease necessitate hospitalization or specialized care.
No matter how committed a caregiver is, and no matter how supportive the network of family and friends may be, Alzheimer’s caregiving is tremendously difficult. Many caregivers give so much that they jeopardize their own health and well-being in the process. You may not want to think about transitioning your loved one to an Alzheimer’s care unit in assisted li ...

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Respite Care to the Rescue

by Senior Care Society on 04/02/2012 - 07:19 pm
Tag: Caregiver Advice

Respite care is a crucial resource that is sorely underutilized. The cost, accessibility and availability of these services may be obstacles, the reasons caregivers refuse the reprieve that they desperately need. But guilt, denial and exhaustion are perhaps equally significant hindrances.

I don’t need help; I’m just fine.
No one can care for Grandma better than me.
I just don’t have time or energy to think about setting something up.

Sound familiar?
If you know someone who is a caregiver that could benefit from a break, take action. Instead of saying, “You look exhausted. Take a break,” offer to help. Though your concern ...

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