Archive for category Caregiving
Have you considered doll therapy when working with individuals with memory loss? This article lists the pros and cons. Overall, I think the benefits can be tremendous. I have observed elderly women in long-term care who talk to their doll and care for it. The doll is very comforting and provides great joy to the patient.
I just recently watched a documentary on adults- both men and women who are serious doll collectors (Barbie dolls and Reborn dolls) and they have no memory loss. Some women even bring their Reborn dolls out in public and push them in strollers.
I think it’s a great idea.
When thinking about the care an individual needs who has Alzheimer’s, we often forget about the other creatures we should check on too- their pets. This is never something I considered- until I read this article.
There will come a point in time, when an individual with Alzheimer’s may be unable to care for a pet. A case example of this, is listed below. Certainly, caregivers need to do everything possible to ensure that a pet, or pets at home are cared for as long as possible. Pets can provide tremendous companionship, entertainment, and stimulation to their owners. However, when an individual with Alzheimer’s, (or other illnesses) can no longer care for the pet and the pet’s well-being is truly at stake, something must be done.
It may be possible to find another loving home for the pet. Below, is a story of a worst-case scenario of a pet being neglected due to the owner’s illness, but rescued and given proper care.
This is one of the most touching videos I have ever seen. It reminds me that there are so many people in our community that are lonely (particularly seniors who live alone) and how much a human connection means. We all need to “adopt” someone like Dan.
This was a very interesting article related to volunteers over age 50. It was conducted in 2005 and 2006 and published in the journal of The Gerontologist. It showed that there were three important factors that were most beneficial to the volunteer, and produced the best outcomes:
- Receiving a choice of activities (or areas in which to volunteer) and flexibility to work within their own schedules
- Receiving an adequate training from the organization
- Receiving on-going support from the organization
When the seniors received all of these items, they were more satisfied and fulfilled in their position. When followed up a year later, these seniors reported they had “socioemotional” benefits which included: significant improvements in their mental health, a greater feeling of productivity, increased social activity, and an overall sense that their life had improved.
Everyone enjoys independence and one of the greatest marks of independence, is being able to drive. It gives an individual great freedom; freedom to work, shop, and socialize with others. But if you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, this topic can be a tricky one- full of legitimate concern.
The question is: “Does mom or dad still have the cognitive ability to drive safely (keeping him or her safe, as well as others)?”
Here are two links that will help you answer that question. The first link is terrific and it lists important facts you should consider- such as having a diagnosis of dementia, taking medications that may affect reasoning, and other issues that may make driving more difficult like vision and hearing loss.