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A Guide to Taking Care of Yourself

"The care you give to yourself is the care you give to your loved one," said a caregiver. Absolutely the easiest thing for someone to say and the hardest thing to accept is the advice to take care of yourself as a caregiver. It is often hard to see beyond the care tasks that await you each morning.

Una Visita al médico

Alguna vez le ha ocurrido que salió de la oficina del médico sin respuestas a sus preguntas, o con el sentimiento de que el médico no le escuchó? Hoy en día los médicos tienen muchos pacientes y poco tiempo, y si el paciente no demanda que su médico se tome el tiempo necesario para responder a todas sus preguntas, muchas veces no lo hará. Idealmente una visita al médico debería involucrar comunicación entre el paciente y el médico, y un reparto de información educativa sobre la salud.

Unas Habilidades Practicas para Asistir a los Cuidadores Familiares

Si usted es un cuidador familiar, ya sabrá que casi no hay horas en el día para cuidar de sí mismo, y mucho menos para dedicar el tiempo necesario a las necesidades personales de su ser querido. El asistir a otra otra persona a vestirse, bañarse, sentarse, o ponerse de pie cuando esa persona está agitada, de mal humor o combativa - lo cual es frecuentemente el caso en personas que tienen la enfermedad de Alzheimer u otro tipo de demencia - requiere estrategias especiales. Las siguientes cinco técnicas pueden facilitar el cuidado físico de un familiar.

Caregiver Depression: A Silent Health Crisis

One of today’s all-too silent health crises is caregiver depression. A conservative estimate reports that 20% of family caregivers suffer from depression, twice the rate of the general population. Of clients of California’s Caregiver Resource Centers, nearly 60% show clinical signs of depression. And former caregivers may not escape the tentacles of this condition after caregiving ends. A recent study found that 41% of former caregivers of a spouse with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia experienced mild to severe depression up to three years after their spouse had died.

Caregiving During a National Emergency

At times of emergency, such as the events of September 11 or Hurricane Katrina, there are so many things to process, one has trouble prioritizing and putting things in perspective. If you are caring for a loved one with dementia, you probably found your attention distracted and your emotions conflicted. Sometimes it was hard to concentrate on the daily things in life, sometimes it was reassuring to do mundane tasks. Often people feel out of control and insecure at times of crisis. Perhaps the suggestions below will help when times are unsettled —for any reason.

Consejos para la seguridad (Safety Tips)

A fin de reducir el riesgo de accidentes y mantener el hogar seguro para tu ser querido, es importante seguir una serie de consejos.

Preste atención a posibles peligros como:

Sexuality and Dementia

Coping with Changes in Your Intimate Relationship 

How has your relationship with your partner changed as a result of disease? Physicians seem reluctant to address this question with caregivers dealing with a long-term chronic illness.

"No one asked me about my marriage or sexuality. Yet it plays a large part in our well being. No one asked me, 'what's the quality of your life?' … I'm a sexual individual. I'm 76 years old and I'm still alive," said Jerry, who cared for his wife with dementia.

Changing Places: Should Your Parents Move in with You?

Lisa's mother, Ruth, has been living alone since her father died five years ago. Ruth has been active at church and eats lunch at the local senior center a couple of times a week. Lisa does the food shopping, takes Ruth to doctors' appointments and has her over to her house for dinner, usually once a week.

Estrategias para motivar a su ser querido (Strategies for motivating your loved one)(Spanish)

Es fácil que una persona de la tercera edad que está enferma llegue a sentirse deprimida y que su vida se centre entorno a su enfermedad. En muchos sentidos, la casa donde el individuo está confinado se convierte en un mundo. Frecuentemente, las únicas salidas de casa son las visitas al médico y los únicos cambios que ocurren en la vida inmediata son causados por aspectos relacionados con la enfermedad.

Derechos del cuidador (Caregiver Rights)

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