One of the biggest emotional challenges of witnessing progressive decline in a loved one with a form of dementia is the communicative gap that arises when language is lost. At this point, caregivers can feel as though they’ve lost all ability to connect with their loved ones. Occupational therapist and acclaimed author Elaine C. Pereira explains that while many family members will desperately hold on to verbal language as the only way to communicate with their loved ones, there are a number of other ways to do so.
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The general increase in life expectancy over the past decade has resulted in a burgeoning interest in retirement planning. While many of us may have an idea of where and when we want to retire, the general consensus is that aging adults simply are not saving enough to ensure a comfortable retirement. Why? Well, for one thing there is no magic, one-size-fits-all number—your nest egg depends on your current age, your expected retirement age, life expectancy, current income, risk tolerance and inflation, among other variables.
In recognition of World Stroke Day, this post is focused on stroke warning signs and prevention. Awareness is so important because time lost is brain lost—the longer therapy is delayed, the more brain cells die. Because treatment within the first three hours of stroke makes a dramatic difference in mortality and long-term disability, you should familiarize yourself with the following acronym to identify a stroke:
Although providing care for an elderly parent or loved one with Alzheimer’s can be rewarding, some days can be more challenging than others. It can be difficult and heartbreaking to watch a loved one become increasingly dependent on others as the disease progresses. Behavioral problems are a common symptom of dementia, particularly in the later stages. The behavior is typically not deliberate but an expression of an unmet need or mistaken perception. We would like to share some tips to help caregivers better manage the behavioral changes that many seniors with Alzheimer’s experience.
Guilt is an emotion many family caregivers feel as they try to balance multiple roles including full-time employee, parent, friend, child and caregiver. For those who live far away from their aging loved ones, guilt can be particularly intense. As an advocate for family caregivers, we would like to share some tips to alleviate this potentially destructive emotion:
Unfortunately, the issue of bullying is not only a problem for younger generations, but for older adults as well. On June 15th, individuals banded together to raise awareness around elder abuse in observance of World Elder Abuse Day. Elder abuse is a serious issue that affects far too many seniors. Given the prevalence of elder abuse, promoting awareness and being knowledgeable about the risk factors are important for individuals of all ages to know.
Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia affect 35.7 million people around the world, a number that is projected to triple by 2050. These numbers are staggering and compounded by the fact that less than one in four people living with Alzheimer’s or dementia are formally diagnosed. Without a diagnosis, many do not receive the proper care, treatment or support from medical professionals, friends or family.
Question: I’ve heard that Utah has a new law authorizing the use of Domestic Asset Protection Trusts (DAPTs) in Utah. Someone mentioned that a Utah-compliant DAPT can be used to protect assets from lawsuits and other claims and, at the same time, the owner of the Trust can utilize the assets for his/her own needs. If this is true, how does it work?
While warmer temperatures are conducive to outdoor activities enjoyed during the summer, they are also at the root of many health problems including heat stroke, dehydration and other heat-related illnesses (hyperthermia). Older adults are at an especially high risk for these conditions because as we age our bodies become less adept at adjusting to changes in temperature, especially heat. In addition, certain medications like diuretics and some blood pressure medicines taken by many seniors can interfere with the normal bodily response to heat, preventing perspiration and increasing the risk of heat stroke.
At the end of your life, your children will come closer together as friends, in unity and harmony, respecting you and the legacy you’ve left them -- or they will escalate an ongoing “family feud” or start a new one.
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