Happy Friday! I hope you have been able to carve out time for fun or self-care this week. As caregivers, it can be hard to remember to enjoy ourselves and take time to care for our needs, but it is important. As I tell my son, we only get one life, we have to try to make the best of it.
I’ve gathered some of my favorite articles for caregivers. I hope you enjoy!
When Alzheimer’s Turns Violent: It isn’t talked about and caregivers can sometimes be embarrassed to share that their parent with Alzheimer’s disease is violent, particularly when it is so out of character. It is very normal and can happen. This author experienced it with her mom and shares causes and triggers, to help you avoid them, when possible.
My 93 Year Old Flatmate: This is such a great concept of young and old living together. It is truly beneficial for both roommates. It would be great if we could integrate this type of format in the U.S.
Big Financial Costs Are Part of Alzheimer’s Toll on Families: This article shares information from a recent study on the financial impact of Alzheimer’s disease. Families have had to forgo basic needs such as healthy food, transportation or their own medical care. Unfortunately, while it addresses the out-of-pocket costs, it doesn’t provide solutions. Hopefully, the system will change to address this. In the meantime, finding ways to cut costs on necessities can help with a tight budget.
The Impact of Slowing Down: This is a great article for caregivers as it talks about the physical and emotional benefits of low-impact exercise while you are in your younger years. While it’s never too late to start exercising, it definitely is easier to start young.
4 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Visit: This article offers great tips on making a visit with a loved one more comfortable – from timing your visit appropriately to getting down to their level. I have a few tips on visiting a relative in a care facility as well.
Bonus! I came across this article and it made me happy since I read a ton! The title is pretty self-explanatory – Those Who Read Books Live Longer Than Those Who Don’t, Study Finds.
In case you missed them, here are my blog posts for the week: