HOW TO RECOGNIZE DEMENTIA: 7 EARLY SIGNS
Dementia is a term that describes a variety of symptoms affecting a person’s cognitive functioning. The most recognizable being their ability to think, remember and reason. It is a disease that can be characterized by a decline in memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking skills that affect a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Every person is unique, and dementia affects people differently – no two people will have symptoms that develop in the same way. Signs of dementia can go unnoticed for a long time because the changes that occur in your loved one can be small at first….
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5 Tips to Manage Holiday Stress
With all the decorating, cooking and gatherings, Hanukkah, Christmas and the New Year tend to bring additional stress. But a little planning and prioritizing can help you enjoy a peaceful holiday season. Here are some useful tips for all of us to help manage holiday stress: Remind yourself that things don’t always go as planned… and be flexible. It’s ok if you can’t make it to every holiday party you are invited to or stay for hours at each one. If you need to make an appearance at more than one, just be cautious of the time and leave when…
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3 Reasons Caregiving is So Hard
Caring for a loved one strains even the most resilient people. At FirstLight® we have found that family caregivers tend to be very compassionate people that only want to provide what is best for the loved one in their care. They appreciate the satisfaction and fulfillment that comes with taking care of someone, but the shift in parental roles and the emotions connected to an aging or ailing loved one can change the dynamics of any situation. Caregiving is hard work. It can involve many stressors. Over the last 10 years working with families, our local caregivers have found these…
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HOW CAN CAREGIVERS PRACTICE SELF-CARE?
Self-care is any activity that we do purposefully in order to take care of our emotional and physical health. It is a broad concept that incorporates nutrition, lifestyle, physical activities, and personal awareness, to name a few. Self-care is a way for our bodies to refuel. Make no mistake…it is not a selfish act. Good self-care is key to improving mood, reducing anxiety and maintaining a good relationship with oneself and others. Practicing self-care isn’t always easy. Most people, especially family caregivers, have busy schedules managing the care of a loved one and the needs of their family, friends, and…
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Home for the Holidays: A Checklist for Visiting Aging Parents
It can be hard to tell how your senior parents are really doing at home when you don’t live nearby. If you have concerns about how your parents are managing while living on their own, there are many things you can and should look for when you are visiting with them this holiday season. We have created this handy Home for the Holidays Checklist to get you started. Download and print our FREE checklist and take it with you on your visit. Happy Holidays from FirstLight Home Care!
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The Biggest Challenges Facing Family Caregivers
Family caregiving duties cover a wide range of responsibilities that require endless amounts of energy, empathy, and patience. Most family caregivers will tell you that the time they spend caring for a loved one is one of the most fulfilling experiences they have had in their adult life, but it also comes with its own unique challenges. At FirstLight Home Care, we know that each caregiving situation is unique. But over the last 10 years we have seen that many of the biggest challenges that caregivers face are very similar: Emotional and physical stress: Studies have confirmed that family caregivers…
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Nine Halloween Safety Tips for Older Adults
Halloween is a fun time of year for both kids and adults. But for our elderly loved ones, it can be stressful and a little scary, especially if they live alone. A constant stream of trick-or-treaters knocking on the door can be a bit unsettling and intimidating – add scary masks and high-spirited kids and the unknown is greatly magnified. Our elderly loved ones should feel safe and secure on Halloween, whether they choose to hand out candy or not. Here are nine Halloween safety tips to consider: Check your lights and keep them on, even if you’re away from…
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How Do I Reduce Caregiver Stress?
What family caregivers can do to alleviate stress and take care of themselves. As a family caregiver, you tend to be primarily focused on your loved one, and you don’t always realize that your own health and well-being could be suffering. It’s important that you watch for these common signs of caregiver stress: Feeling overwhelmed or constantly worried Feeling tired often Getting too much (or not enough) sleep Drastic changes in weight Becoming easily irritated or angry Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy Feeling sad much of the time Having frequent headaches or other physical pains Abusing alcohol…
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