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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 08:00

10 caregiver commandments to always remember

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As a caregiver it’s easy to slip into a daily routine and forget about the original intent of a caregiving journey: to make your loved one’s life simpler, happier and worth living. You may become bound by appointments, caregiving duties and the stress of balancing your own family life. But as a caregiver it’s important to always remember these 10 essential commandments: 1. Yes, they’re still the same person Your loved one’s memories may have faded, but essentially they are…
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 08:00

Fight Stress- Take a Deep Breath

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Did you know we breathe more than 25 000 times a day without even thinking about it? It’s one of the most natural human processes which is often taken for granted throughout our everyday lives. Breathing gives us life, so it’s no wonder that practicing certain breathing techniques can help to boost oxygen levels, reduce stress and anxiety and offer a host of other benefits. As we age, many people tend to develop respiratory issues and difficulties with breathing. This…
Tuesday, 03 July 2018 08:00

Delirium and dementia – is anaesthesia safe?

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While delirium and dementia share very similar symptoms, they are completely different conditions which are commonly confused with each other. Likewise, the cause of these conditions is very different – but what they do have in common is that going under the knife with general anaesthesia can exacerbate both of their symptoms. Common symptoms of both delirium and dementia include confusion, issues with perceptions, mood swings and impaired cognition, however they are separated by the length of time they affect…
Tuesday, 26 June 2018 08:00

Elderly timekeeping – what’s the rush?

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Nobody likes to be rushed, most especially if you are using your own time to help someone else – such as with full-time caregiving. For those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia, time may seem far more fleeting than it actually is, creating a sense of anxiety and an air of mis-judgement around everyday tasks. However, this sense of timing is not only reserved for those with cognitive impairment. In fact, many seniors become increasingly aware of time as they age,…
When a loved one is diagnosed with a chronic or long-term illness such as Alzheimer’s or dementia, the immediate assumption is that a family member will become their primary caregiver. While this assumption is not 100% incorrect, this puts tremendous pressure on family members to step-up to the plate and fulfil caregiving duties, while maintaining the balance of their everyday lives – most especially, within their careers. Be open and honest Becoming a primary caregiver of a loved one with…
Tuesday, 12 June 2018 08:00

Tackling summer allergies in the elderly

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Allergies – they affect a huge portion of the British population and do not discriminate by age! As the weather turns warmer and all our favourite trees, shrubs and flowers begin to bloom, allergies are a daily reality that begin to plague much of the elderly community. Unfortunately, being highly sensitive to airborne pollens and resulting allergies is not something one can usually ‘outgrow’ with age. In fact, many people may even tend to develop other allergies as they get…
With an estimated 127 000 people affected by Parkinson’s disease in the United Kingdom alone, measuring the progression of this complicated disease has long been tedious, time-consuming and challenging. But in today’s day and age, this could be greatly simplified with the development of the cloudUPDRS app.
As adults we are often referred to as ‘’creatures of habit’’ – no matter our age or the stage of lives we are in, adults tend to become creatures of habit due to the daily routine of life. Without even realising it, many of us become accustomed to the ins and outs of our daily life, only to hit a wall when we fail to keep up with the tides of change which ebb and flow as we grow older.
When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia it could be considered one of the worst days of their life, and yours. They have just been diagnosed with a degenerative disease, for which there is no known cure. The future may seem scary, daunting, depressing and overwhelming.
When a person is alive and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, there is actually no way to know for certain it is, in fact Alzheimer’s. Only once that person has passed, can an official diagnosis of Alzheimer’s be made during a full autopsy.
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