Primary Caregivers

Lesión cerebral traumática (Traumatic Brain Injury)

Definición

Las lesiones cerebrales traumáticas, también conocidas como lesiones cerebrales o de la cabeza, son lesiones que provocan daños al cerebro. La lesión cerebral puede ocurrir en una de dos formas:

La etapa inicial de la enfermedad Alzheimer (Early Stage Alzheimer's disease)

Resumen

Puede ser muy difícil aceptar el diagnóstico de que usted o un ser querido padece de la enfermedad de Alzheimer (EA). Le rogamos que asuma una actitud receptiva al leer este folleto informativo y que recuerde que no está solo. A lo largo y ancho del país hay organizaciones que brindan apoyo y ayuda a los pacientes de la EA y sus familias. Al final de este folleto informativo, en la sección titulada Recursos de la comunidad, encontrará los datos de contacto de algunas de esas organizaciones.

Enfermedad de Alzheimer's (Alzheimer's Disease)

Resumen

La enfermedad de Alzheimer (EA) es un trastorno neurológico que provoca la muerte de las células nerviosas del cerebro. Por lo general, la EA comienza paulatinamente y sus primeros síntomas pueden atribuirse a la vejez o al olvido común. A medida en que avanza la enfermedad, se van deteriorando las capacidades cognitivas, entre ellas la capacidad para tomar decisiones y llevar a cabo las tareas cotidianas, y pueden surgir modificaciones de la personalidad, así como conductas problemáticas. En sus etapas avanzadas, la EA conduce a la demencia y finalmente a la muerte.

La Enfermedad de Parkinson (Parkinson's Disease)

¿Qué es la enfermedad de Parkinson?

La enfermedad de Parkinson (EP) es una enfermedad neurológica progresiva que afecta fundamentalmente al movimiento. Es consecuencia de la destrucción de células nerviosas en unas estructuras del cerebro denominadas ganglios basales.

Advanced Illness: Feeding Tubes and Ventilators

Introduction

Vision Loss and Blindness

Nearly 3.5 million Americans over 40 have some degree of vision loss, most commonly from age-related conditions. This number is expected to double in the next few decades as the baby boomers grow older.

Most people with age-related vision loss will not become completely blind; instead they will experience partial or moderate loss of vision. They may need to develop new skills to remain self-reliant. This Fact Sheet discusses age-related vision loss and how you, as caregiver, can help your loved one adjust to the challenges.

Caregiving With Your Siblings

Caregiving with Your Siblings

Introduction

Providing care for your parents can be complicated. When your brothers and sisters are also involved, caregiving can become even more complex. While your siblings can be enormously helpful and your best support, they can also be a source of stress.

In this Fact Sheet you will learn how to identify the family dynamics that can impact caregiving, ways your siblings can help, how to increase your chances of getting that help, and how to deal with emotions that arise.

 

In Hindsight, We Were All Slow to the Dance . . .

Gerry Sandusky, left, his wife Lee Ann and their two children Katy and Zack, with Gerry's dad, John Sandusky shortly before his passing.

Residential Care Options

Introduction

Deciding to move out of one’s home and into a different type of housing is often a difficult decision for elders or people with disabilities and their caregivers. Caregivers often struggle to care for loved ones so they are able to remain at home as long as possible. However, there often comes a time when moving someone to a residential care facility may become the most realistic way to provide the best care, and the only way to relieve a caregiver’s overwhelming burden.

Community Care Options

Introduction

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