Caring for an aging in place loved one with Alzheimer’s brings daily challenges like aggressive behaviors, wandering and hallucinations. Even simple tasks like bathing, dressing and eating can be increasingly difficult to manage. Here’s how to provide them with the ongoing care that’s needed.
Under normal circumstances, independent seniors are encouraged to get out and stay socially active as much as possible. But due to the COVID-19 outbreak, most communities have now released social distancing guidelines, and some have even banned nonessential travel and social gatherings altogether. These social restrictions are hard on everyone, especially elderly persons who live alone.
Numerous studies have found that the more active a senior is, the more likely they are to enjoy a higher quality of life and more independent lifestyle. One reliable way for care companions to provide emotional support is by participating with their senior in some new hobbies, starting with these 5.
Although caring for an aging in place elderly loved one is highly rewarding, trying to balance caregiving with a household and job can be emotionally, physically and mentally exhausting. As a result, many informal caregivers eventually go through periods of anxiety, depression, fatigue and stress, and some even experience a clinical condition known as “caregiver burnout”.
Numerous studies have found that seniors who are more active tend to be happier, healthier and even live longer lives. But primarily due to the aging process itself, many elderly people have health conditions that limit their mobility and keep them from participating in activities like they should. For seniors who live alone, that resulting inactivity can eventually threaten their freedom and independence.