I think we can all agree that caring for an elderly loved one can be difficult. It can be especially challenging if your loved one is resistant to care and change. How do you help someone who doesn't want, or resists, your help? As caregivers we walk a fine line between making sure our loved one is safe and taken care of without unnecessarily restricting their independence.
UK Elder Care is hosting this event because we recognize that caregivers want to provide the best care possible for their loved one. And in order to provide that level of care you need to know what tools, help and support are available and will allow you to make the best care choice for both you and your loved one.
Regardless of your previous eating habits, it is never too late to start enjoying the benefits of healthful eating. A high-quality diet can help you stay strong in both body and mind as you age. The physical benefits of a healthful diet include increased resistance to illness, faster recuperation times, higher energy levels, and better management of chronic diseases. The mental benefits are just as important and include increased cognitive function, better stress management, and emotional balance.
Here are some basic guidelines for healthful eating as you age:
Life is full of decisions that require us to balance our priorities and responsibilities. As you probably know if you are reading this, our Work-Life group helps people balance their work and personal responsibilities. Often the choices we make between these responsibilities, work and personal, are fraught with stress because they all involve a precious and limited resource: our time. I think we can all agree that time is our most precious commodity. We all have less of it today than we did yesterday. As far as important resources are concerned, money is probably a close second, not because it is valuable on its own, but because of what money enables us to do or buy.
'Never say never'. Circumstances change; saying 'never' denies that obvious fact. All too often having said 'never' becomes an obstacle in decisions regarding long term care - assisted care, personal care, memory care or a skilled nursing facility. The choice between keeping a loved one in the home and placing them in a long term care facility is never easy. The decision usually comes after much soul searching and many heart to heart conversations - with yourself, your loved one and your family.
What type of person often sacrifices his/her most productive hours, and even years to care for a loved one who cannot care for their own needs? Just one type of person: a caregiver!
Sometimes you just need a break from the day in/day out routines of caregiving. Remember the Bill Murray movie "Groundhog Day"? Bill plays a weatherman who finds himself living the same day over and over again. Caregiving for an older loved one can be very much like that. It can be a life of routine; of sameness and monotony.
The holidays are over. For many of us this was a chance to interact with our older loved ones in a different way. We were in "holiday mode" not "caregiver mode." It was a chance to spend quality time with our loved ones - in their home.