Most people have no idea what Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is until it affects a member of their family. CJD is a progressive brain disorder that causes dementia and, ultimately, death. The symptoms of the disease are much like those of other kinds of dementia, like Alzheimer’s disease. However, the progression of the disease is much faster. Knowing more about the disease is one of the first steps in being a more effective caregiver to someone with CJD.
Overview of CJD
CJD became more ...
Whether you have been a family caregiver for years or are just getting started, one risk you have likely heard a considerable amount about is shingles. Understanding this risk is an important part of protecting their health and well-being as they age in place.
Some things you should know about shingles and the risk it may present to your parent include:
● Approximately 1 out of every 3 people throughout the United States will develop shingles at some point in their life
● There ...
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As if family caregivers didn’t have enough to worry about with their elderly loved one, the idea of healthy meals and snacks should always be a top priority. When aging adults live alone, their eating habits tend to worsen. In many cases, they only like junk food and refuse to eat healthy meals. There are many reasons for this, but no matter what the cause, family caregivers need to come up with a plan to make sure the senior has nutritious ...
Everyone feels anxious now and then, but if your aging loved one is struggling from extreme worry, fear or distress that lasts for longer than a few weeks, they could have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is the persistent and invasive feeling of nervousness and fear that interferes with a person’s daily activities. Anyone who looks after an elderly loved one should spend some time researching the symptoms and treatment for anxiety disorder, so they can recognize when a person needs help.
Personal Caregiving Services was proud to have recently participated and donated to the Marnie Rose Foundation and the 2019 Run For the Rose in memory of Dr. Marnie Rose. Dr. Marnie Rose was just 27 and in the first year of her pediatric medical residency at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital when she was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer. Although she passed away in 2003, the Houston community and communities nationwide honor Marnie's spirit, courage and strength with an ...
No one enjoys spending all their time stuck at home. It can make them feel restless and lonely. However, many older adults have difficulty getting out of the house on their own, so they spend most of their time in their houses alone. However, it’s entirely possible for seniors to go on enjoyable outings with caregivers with a little planning. Below are some tips for caregivers to use when going on an outing with their elderly family member.
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Many family caregivers that worry about their aging mom or dad growing lonely in their old age wonder about helping them adopt a pet. Studies show that dogs and cats can provide a lot of benefits to seniors, but family caregivers may still be unsure. Before dismissing the idea completely, family caregivers should look at the facts surrounding pet adoptions and seniors. Once they learn about the benefits, they may form a different opinion.
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If you’ve been worried about your senior wandering off, you might have been prepared for this moment. But many caregivers are absolutely not prepared for the first time their senior wanders away. These tips can help to keep you calm and find your senior.
Start Contacting Neighbors
As soon as you notice that your elderly family member has wandered off, start talking to people in the area. They’re most likely neighbors, but they could also be people who are walking in the area. ...
RSV stands for respiratory syncytial virus. It’s an illness that most people associate with young children. However, people of any age can get it. And, for older adults, it can be particularly dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who are aged 65 and older are at the greatest risk of developing a severe RSV infection. In fact, around 177,000 seniors in the United States end up in the hospital because of RSV each year and ...