Posts Tagged ‘ caregiving advice ’

HELP FOR CAREGIVERS

Apr 7th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Caregivers Need Help Too Increasing numbers of senior citizens find themselves in caregiving roles at some point in their senior years.  For some of us it’s taking care of elderly parents or loved ones in an extended family relationship.  For others, it’s caregiving for a dear elderly friend.  Sometimes the recipient is a spouse.  And, [...]



Alzheimer’s Saga: Being a Stranger in Your Own Home

Nov 29th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are two of the more insidious and troubling conditions facing many families today. Less discomfiting than Alzheimer’s, dementia has enough of its own characteristics and challenges to create stress in any family. Whatever the experience, increasingly these conditions affect the individual in ways that distance him or her from the family, to the point of not knowing names, being unable to recall any common experiences, and of course, in the case of Alzheimer’s, complete loss of memory for ordinary activity, e.g. eating, finding one’s way around in their home, and so on.

For those caring for the patient, it may feel very much like you are a stranger in your own home as well. If you are not known to the loved one who is stricken with Alzheimer’s, how utterly isolating and alienating that feels. The