Dementia - depending on the type - destroys different parts of the brain. This video from Cornell Weill Medical College Maps Dementia maps how dementia affects the brain. One of the best I've seen. Carol
Like most caregivers, I always wanted to be the "best," yet I knew I fell short. There is no way that I know of to be a perfect caregiver. The needs of any care receiver can change subtly, in a flash. We can miss signals, or just be so tired and stressed we know we can't deliver everything needed, no matter how hard we try. That can bring on a huge case of unearned, caregiver guilt. Most of you have been there.
The Senior Solution, a production of the Detroit Area Agency on Aging will air an interview with Carol Bradley Bursack of Minding Our Elders at 1:00 p.m., ET, Saturday, February 8. The show will air on WCHB in Detroit -- 1200 AM, 99.9 FM – and be simulcast on www.wchbNewsDetroit.com. This segment of The Senior Solution focuses on caregiving relationships and Valentine's Day.
Many of us who have loved someone with dementia have experienced what I call “moments of clarity,” during which the person who seems lost to dementia suddenly “comes back,” if only for a few seconds. I experienced several of these episodes with my dad, who had dementia due to a failed brain surgery, and they remain some of my most precious memories.
The old adage, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,” seems to be coming alive in senior communities. When it comes to the social networking craze which has taken over younger demographics, seniors have decided not to be left behind. In a press release I received by e-mail this week, Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is quoted as saying, “In every senior center I visit, the staff and elders proudly show me two things: their computer lab and their workout room.
Cell phones were something that I didn't have to think about when I was using in-home care agencies for several of my loved ones. However, I have received a number of e-mails from people who question the frequent use of cell phones by people who are supposed to be caring for their parents.
In Part 2 of this two part series, I focused on medical alarm devices, also known as personal alarms. I've made use of these devices for several of my elders so that they could remain in their homes for a longer period of time. While personal alarms may qualify as the granddaddy of electronic monitoring devices, they are still, in my opinion, one of the most useful. They can be worn as jewelry and are non-intrusive to the elder, so both elder and caregiver can have a sense of security without the elder feeling like he or she is being "watched" all the time.
Medical alarm devices, or personal alarms, have been a boon to caregivers and elders for decades. I signed my neighbor, Joe, up for one after he took a serious tumble. This was in the late eighties. Joe lived next door and I could monitor his lights in his house to watch glitches in his normal routine. However, I felt better when he had the backup of a personal alarm he wore around his neck. In the end, that alarm saved him hours of agony.
There will be a live chat on OurAlzheimer's featuring caregivers keeping good records This is for all caregivers. The June chat will focus on the cost of caregiving to the caregiver, and the need to keep records to protect ourselves from future problems.
The chat will take place Thursday, June 10th at 1:00 ET. We'll be on for about an hour. Directions for the chat will be on www.ouralzheimers.com.
The fairly new site at www.medpedia.com keeps growing. I'm impressed with the number of health experts and the amount of information on this wiki site. It's well worth checking out. Many blogs are fed in including Minding Our Elders.