A large survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that 13 percent of Americans aged 60 and older reported worsening memory loss or confusion in the previous year, highlighting the need to be alert for early signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Heart disease is a real killer. Luckily there is a playbook on how to reduce your risk for heart disease.
Cardiovascular disease is number one cause of death in the United States for both women and men. One in every three deaths, or 2,200 a day, are contributed to some form of cardiovascular disease, according to the CDC. Yet, a recent UK study suggests that female heart attack victims are twice as likely to die as their male counterparts. The reasons why are both physiological and social.
As we begin the New Year let us evaluate what stressed us last year and how we want to address it this year. Caregiving is emotionally draining. You often fell bad when you think less than kind thoughts. Give your self a break as you are only human. Learning to forgive your thoughts and looking at how you can give your self some space each day is important to caring for a loved one. We are so engrained in helping and solving that often we go into autopilot mode in caregiving.
It is clear from all the controversy in Washington over the debt ceiling that we are in trouble trying to problem solve our nation's issues. The next shoe that will drop will be Medicaid and Physician fundings. Both were on hold but eventually delays and stimulus only go so far. One of the blogs I read is from the
Center for Long-Term Care Reform, Inc.
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As I reflect on experiences in geriatric case management, my thoughts lead me to my work with families and in particular with caregivers. The most common dilemma seen when working with people that are caring for their loved one is caregiver burnout. As a professional, I can clearly recognize caregiver burnout. Many caregivers unfortunately do not recognize it. Burnout is not like a cold. You will likely not notice it when you are firmly within its grip. Many caregivers work themselves so hard they end up with an illness or hospitalization.
With mountains of pills, multiple doctor appointments and a slew of daily activities it is hard to think beyond the minute or hour. However if you as a caregiver are overwhelmed with the what goes on each day, you have to take time to step back and see if what you are doing is being effective. Often times just talking with someone knowledgeable can help put things in perspective. Many times when families come to our doorstep, they are on the brink of exhaustion. In fact, I had one man run in and tell me he had only a few minutes as he had left his wife alone locked up and had not had a break in her care for several years. He was interested in respite, but what he needed was a plan.