Caregiving

How to Make Long Distance Caregiving Work

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

There are some things we can do from a distance to increase our full understanding of their situation, to improve the communication we have with them, and to manage the risks inherent in long distance (and close distance) caregiving. All of these suggestions can be done via the internet and phone.

When You Break the Promise to Never Put a Loved One in a Nursing Home

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

There are promises we keep, and promises that as the years go by, we have no choice but to break. If we made a promise to never put our loved one in a nursing home and now discover we have no other choice, the guilt and heartbreak we feel can be overwhelming. But there are some ways we can cope.

Finding New Ways To Honour Dad

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

Special occasions such as Father's Day can be looked upon with apprehension and anxiety when you have a loved one who is living with Alzheimer's or dementia. While the challenges do exist, it's also a good time to reflect, find new inspiration and a way of honoring dad.

Canada Needs a National Strategy for Unpaid Caregivers

Nicole F. Bernier | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Nicole F. Bernier

The impacts of informal caregiving commitments do not remain confined to the home: they are felt in the Canadian workplace and reduce productivity. They translate into 2.2 million hours of reduced effort in the workplace every week and cause an estimated $1.3 billion productivity loss annually, says the report.

You Can Reconnect With Your Loved One Living With Alzheimer's

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

As Alzheimer's disease progresses and the person becomes more and more disconnected from the world around them, caregivers so often, and so unintentionally, lose their way. That's okay, in part because there's no manual for this, no right or wrong. But there are ways that caregivers, like Ed's, can reconnect with their loved one.

How to Be a Caregiver Without Losing Your Career

Eva Zatrak | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Living
Eva Zatrak

If you are currently transitioning from a full-time career to a full-time career and caregiving, you know how challenging it can be. Finding the right balance can seem near impossible, which leads to overwhelming levels of stress and concern. Family is priority but what about your career? The number of unpaid caregivers in Canada continues to rise, as more and more family members require care. As a caregiver, you know that your duties are a full-time role in itself.

How Dementia Patients Benefit From Gardening

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

Even if your loved one has never been an avid gardener, introducing them to blooms now could be a good idea: this green hobby has been shown to benefit dementia and Alzheimer's patients. Long-term care facilities sometimes refer to it as horticultural therapy -- the connection that dementia patients develop to past and future through tending plants, indoors or out.

Elder Mediation Could Soon Become a Staple in Age-Related Care

AlzLIVE | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

Mom has Alzheimer's disease, your siblings refuse to talk to one another, and your kids are too busy to lend a helping hand. Somehow, all the caregiving duties have been left to you. What to do? Call an elder mediator. The practice is much like other forms of mediation.

How to Help Someone With Dementia Sail Through Airport Security

AlzLIVE | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

Navigating through an airport with a family member who has Alzheimer's can be a nail-biting excursion. Unfamiliar surroundings heighten confusion, impair the ability to follow directions and trigger agitation -- none of which you want to experience as you're getting body-scanned by airport security. Here's how to get through it all with as little hassle as possible.

Advice for Dementia and Alzheimer's Care

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

People living with Alzheimer's and dementia can exhibit a broad range of responsive behaviours, such as wandering, verbal repetition, sexual behavior or angry outbursts. For caregivers, dealing with responsive behaviours can be a frustrating and exhausting task. But there are answers.

Caregivers Often Get Depressed, but There's an App for That

AlzLIVE | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada Impact
AlzLIVE

Because of the tremendous load caregivers sometimes take on, they are more likely than their non-carer counterparts to develop mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. These websites and apps aim to make those days more manageable.

Don't Forget to Care For Yourself When Caring For Someone With Alzheimer's

AlzLIVE | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

Those caring for someone with Alzheimer's are at particular risk for poor health. A study published in the American Journal of Nursing found that caring for someone with dementia caused "more severe negative health effects than other types of caregiving".

7 Surprising Facts About Caregivers

AlzLIVE | Posted 04.04.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

It's always a good time to honor and recognize the spouses, family members and friends who dedicate countless hours to caring for their loved ones. North America is home to millions of family caregivers. On top of having tremendous fortitude, they're an interesting bunch. Check out our list below for some fascinating facts about caregivers.

Maintaining Your Career Skills While Caregiving

Eva Zatrak | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada Living
Eva Zatrak

Over eight-million Canadians currently provide care for chronically ill or disabled friends and family members. If you're a caregiver, you know how demanding it can be. Your role as a caregiver, can greatly interfere with all other aspects of your life. Although you may feel as though your career is being negatively affected, there are ways to keep your career skills sharp.

Are You Stressing Yourself Towards Alzheimer's Disease?

Dr. Tiffany Chow | Posted 05.03.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Tiffany Chow

Consider managing your stress before it manages you. Regardless of whether you've chosen your good stressor (planning a big party for someone special), keeping yourself in stress mode for weeks, months, or years at a time will do a number on your hippocampus that sets up vulnerability to Alzheimer's disease. Here's how it works.

Ten Questions to Ask Yourself Before Becoming Your Parent's Caregiver

Eva Zatrak | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Living
Eva Zatrak

Remember that when you take on the role, often the condition of the parent is not too bad, but one must be aware that in reality they most likely going to decline in the future. Can you cope with this? Generally caregivers do not stop until they drop from exhaustion.

Helping Your Elderly Parent Bathe Safely and With Dignity

Natalie Strouth | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Helping an elderly parent with bathing, can come with some fear or embarrassment for both of you. You want to maintain the person's privacy, dignity and independence as much as possible. It might take longer than it used to for the person to do something for themselves, but the benefits far outweigh the extra time.

Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress for Caregivers

Natalie Strouth | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

As a community nurse I've heard stories from families who, instead of checking items off shopping lists and going to holiday parties, were taking someone to multiple medical appointments. Or, they were worried and asking me how to keep their mom calm and comfortable at the busy family gathering as her dementia was taking hold.

How to Help a Friend Who's Caring for an Aging Parent

Eva Zatrak | Posted 02.06.2014 | Canada Living
Eva Zatrak

Being a family caregiver, caring for an aging parent, is a tough assignment. It is one that many baby boomers are just beginning to encounter. Here are some suggestions for making a welcome difference in the lives of friends like these based on using your common sense with respect to your friend's needs and your own availability.

If You're Going to Hide Your Assets, Leave a Map

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Business
Suzana Popovic-Montag

If an estate trustee is able to discover where the deceased stored important records, this is a great start to information-gathering. Difficulties can arise where the deceased has hidden assets away for safekeeping and failed to make these assets more accessible prior to death.

7 Ways Taking Care of Someone Can Make You Happier

Natalie Strouth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Natalie Strouth

I can definitely attest to the many challenges and obstacles that family caregivers contend with on a daily basis. A study by the Change Foundation, 22 per cent of caregivers showed signs of distress, including anger, depression, being overwhelmed and unable to continue providing care. But through it all, you'll also have your eyes and heart opened in amazing ways.

Having a Disability Doesn't Mean You Can't Have Adventures

Natalie Strouth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

I've been reflecting on the fun experiences my family and friends had this summer. My thoughts inevitably also turn to those with new health challenges and disabilities, and their caregivers, the people who are supporting them. I've learned that there are many wonderful opportunities to get out and create lasting happy memories, participate in things that bring joy, and still manage the care.

Coping with a New Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

Natalie Strouth | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

This week, Kerry asks: My sister was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and she is refusing to accept any help from her family, friends or health care professionals. When I try to talk to her about it, we always end up in an argument. Do you have any advice?

Ask Elizabeth: Taking Care of a Difficult Parent or Relative

Natalie Strouth | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Vicky asks: I've been taking care of my mom who is 74, in poor health and lives on her own. We've never had a very close relationship, and she criticizes everything I do. It doesn't matter if it's house cleaning, taking her to appointments, or getting her groceries -- it's like I can never do anything to her satisfaction.

Moving Through Grief to the Self-Pity Stage

Joan Sutton | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

By now, most people recognize that the stages of grief outlined in the Kubler-Ross model are not a map. Each of us walks that lonely road in our own way. ut there is one aspect of grief that no one talks about, because it isn't "nice." But, let's be blunt: some part of grief is just plain feeling sorry for yourself.