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A Dementia Care Reading List

Want to learn more about the nature of caregiving for people with dementia but don’t know where to start? Looking for solidarity with other people who also have a loved one with dementia? Here we have compiled a diverse reading list on the topic, ranging from informational guides and academic articles to anecdotes and opinion pieces. Caregiving Guides: The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer’s Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss, 6th edition, by Nancy L.

Responding when your loved one is repeating themselves

Dementia is known to cause problems to peoples’ short term memory, which can manifest in them repeating themselves over and over. In most cases, when your loved one is saying the same thing over and over, they are not aware of it. On your end, it can be easy to become frustrated that your response is not addressing their concern or stopping the repetition. This is where it becomes vital that you equip yourself with techniques that will keep any of your frustration from making your loved one u

When Do I Lie to Someone with Dementia?

Lying to somebody you care for is generally difficult. It stays on our conscience and can make us feel like we are being cruel. Caregivers of people with dementia (PWD), however, find themselves doing it almost every day. For those of us living with and actively caring for PWD, we may sometimes justify lying as a “necessary evil” to avoid confrontation and simply “give them away to their illusions.” After all, who wants to be the one to tell their loved one that the pet they are adamantly search

Food: A Love Language

As a tradition that has persisted throughout all of human history, sharing meals is at the heart of communities around the world. Each year, new things happen in a family: People get promoted, become pregnant, and move away. They also get sick, progress in their illness, and even pass on. When everything else is changing, coming together during the holidays for a family meal is a comforting constant. For people with dementia, however, meals can lose their glamour both in the day to day and fo

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The Seven Dimensions of Well Being

According to the International Council on Active Aging, wellness refers to “our ability to understand, accept, and act upon our capacity to lead a purpose-filled and engaged life.” Here, we discuss the seven realms of well being that we can help our loved ones also tap into so they can optimize their lives’ possibilities! Note that these dimensions can overlap and interact to create wonderful living environments. Instead of seeing the following seven as rigid categories that you must fulfill

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An inside look at dementia care at Carolina Meadows

Recently, CareYaya had the opportunity to speak with a staff member at Carolina Meadows, an elder care facility in Chapel Hill, for an inside look at dementia care. Katherine, the activities specialist for the memory care unit, also known as The Green, organizes the weekly schedule of activities for residents in the most advanced stages of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Here are her responses to the questions we asked: Q: In general, which philosophies or principles do you use to g

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The secret to maintaining caregiver well being

Being a caregiver is not easy. It demands a lot of patience, time, and compassion. It is difficult to carve out time for yourself when you feel responsible for another person’s well being. However, as important as your role is, it will be nearly impossible to fulfill it well if you are not at your best! Here are two general tips to keep in mind as you strive to be the best version of yourself as a caregiver for your loved one. Get help! You are not alone. There are many who, like you, are doin

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Caregiver myths to stop buying into!

When so much of your day to day life involves caring for another human being who is heavily dependent on you, all that attention and emotional labor can take a toll on your own mental health. Getting into a frantic and overwhelmed mindset is natural when you inherently believe that you are the person solely responsible for your older adult’s happiness and health. Here, we provide common myths that caregivers commonly buy into implicitly, and dispel them with truth that you can arm yourself with

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Should my loved one adopt a pet?

Is your older adult an animal lover? Caring for an animal can provide them with companionship, stress-relief, and a sense of purpose. Even so, they could reach a point where they are no longer able to look after them. We have listed a few things for you to consider for your loved one before adopting a pet: 1. Does the person have the mental capacity to understand the level of commitment that comes with owning a pet? 2. Cats and dogs (especially dogs) require daily attention. Are they or s

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Pew Research Center 5 Facts about Caregivers

According to the Pew Research Center, most American adults say that a family member is caring for their aging parent. Here are a few facts about caregiving adults. 1. As of 2015, there were 40.4 million unpaid caregivers of adults over 64. Most helped weekly or less often, but 20% said they provided care daily. Six out of ten were employed outside of caregiving. 2. Caregivers are most likely between the ages 45 and 64. About 23% of all adults in this age group in America are careg

Gifts ideas for your loved one

1. Music devices that have your loved one’s favorite genres of music. If buying a device, make sure to make it more user-friendly by putting stickers on buttons like Play and Stop. Try avoiding devices that have complicated interfaces or touch screen. Some touch screen devices do not recognize older adults’ touch like they do younger. 2. Jigsaw puzzles! They’re a great way to exercise the brain. Keep in mind that it’s better for pieces to be bigger so they can see. 3. Weig

Chair Yoga

In the spirit of maintaining the Physical dimension of well being, we recommend chair yoga for your loved one! The benefits of being seated are that even non-flexible seniors can safely perform these exercises. Yoga overall has health benefits like stretching painful muscles, reducing stress, and improving circulation. Here is a link to a 30 minute gentle chair yoga for seniors that’s free to watch on Youtube. Feel free to do it with them! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4ST1j9PfrA Here are s

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Aging parents: Who moves?

When your parents are aging, you may face a difficult question: When they need help with daily activities or their safety is compromised while living alone, should they move in with you? Here are some key issues you should consider before making a decision on whether to care for your parents in their own home or move them into yours. * Determine the relationship. Have you both gotten along well in the past? Will this ultimately be stress inducing or stress relieving? Keep in mind that yo

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Dementia and Driving

When is it time to have the discussion about whether or not your loved one should drive alone anymore? Driving has likely been a huge part of their adulthood, a symbol of their independence. Giving up driving abilities is a sensitive issue, so we at CareYaya put together a post about how to carefully address this topic. Here are some challenges associated with the relationship between dementia and driving: For starters, driving is a public safety matter that concerns more than your loved one.

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9 Healthy and Quick Meals For Your Loved One

Worried that your loved one isn’t getting enough nutrition? Maybe grocery shopping and meal prepping is becoming exceedingly difficult. Whatever the reason, eating healthy meals is just as important, so we have compiled a list of meal ideas below! Before we get into that, we have a few tips that might make cooking easier: 1. Write down a plan. Set aside time before a week starts to plan out what your loved one will eat for each meal. This cuts down the number of trips to the grocery st

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How to Find the Right Fit With a Home Care Provider

Here at CareYaya, we strive to provide the best care that your loved one deserves so they can age gracefully and with dignity. This includes thoughtful consideration of your preferences for your loved one so we can appropriately match our caregivers. Once they meet, it is still ultimately up to you and your loved one if you would like to stick with them. You are looking for someone who gets along great with your loved one, as well as the people in your loved one’s closest sphere. Here are some p

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Do You Have Caregiver Burnout?

Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged excessive stress. It can happen in any profession, but is especially common among healthcare providers. The pressure of caring for other people involves expending a great deal of mental energy to ensure their well being and attend to their needs. That means that on top of worrying about maintaining their own health and happiness, they are also occupied by the livelihood of other people. Without proper self care,

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Recognizing A Stroke

A transient ischemic attack, or TIA, is a type of stroke. They are often referred to as “mini-strokes” because they last only a few minutes to a few hours. Ischemic strokes are caused by blood clots blocking the arteries that supply blood to the brain. “FAST” is an easy way to remember the warning signs that indicate a TIA so you can be prepared for the possibility that your loved one experiences one. F - Face. If you see your loved one experiencing facial drooping of the lips and eyes on only

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Blessing for the Caregiver: A Poem Dedicated to The CareYaya Team of Proud Caregivers!

Blessing for the Caregiver: A Poem Dedicated to The CareYaya Team of Proud Caregivers!

"Blessing for the Caregiver" (abridged) You are the caregiver, the care partner, And so much more. Your life, even on your bad days, Makes someone else’s life better. May you breathe the fresh air of peace, And smile with unexpected joy. May you receive the profundity of the simplest thank you, And sense the return of love whether articulated or not. May your kindness and loyalty Be returned to you many times over. And may you know deep within during quiet moments That you have done well. -B

Showing Appreciation "The CareYaya Way" on National Caregivers Day

Showing Appreciation "The CareYaya Way" on National Caregivers Day

How Will You Show Your Appreciation? A box of decadent chocolates. A cuddly stuffed teddy bear. A mouthwatering home-cooked meal (with your offer to do the dishes afterwards!). There are many meaningful ways to share your love with a special someone on Valentine’s Day. Considering both this holiday and National Caregivers Day (Friday, February 19th, 2021), now is an excellent time to graciously acknowledge a partner or spouse, as well as professional in-home caregivers and the frontline healthca

My loved one has always been independent. How can I get them to start accepting some help in the house?

My loved one has always been independent. How can I get them to start accepting some help in the house?

Having the Conversation Can be Hard. CareYaya finds that our clients often have this difficult conversation within the family - and it can be a big source of stress! Here, we offer our insights to help you navigate the care journey with respect and dignity among the family members. Alzheimer’s and other dementias are so difficult because they slowly rob individuals of their freedom and independence. Over time, your loved one may not be able to do everything they once did, like cook Thanksgiving

Warning: If You Ask Your Elderly Parents These 20 Questions, You'll Be Shocked What You Learn!

Warning: If You Ask Your Elderly Parents These 20 Questions, You'll Be Shocked What You Learn!

They live by memory rather than by hope, for what is left to them of life is but little compared to the long past. This, again, is the cause of their loquacity. They are continually talking of the past, because they enjoy remembering. —Aristotle Our parents are the most familiar people in the world, but sometimes we don't know many things about them. How well do we really know our elders? Who is Mom as a person? What was Dad like when he was growing up? What experiences most impacted their live

CareYaya Reveals The Secret Code to Getting a Rapid COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment for Your Elderly Parent in Raleigh

CareYaya Reveals The Secret Code to Getting a Rapid COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment for Your Elderly Parent in Raleigh

How to Get Your Elderly Parents Vaccines Fast CareYaya, an innovative care platform connecting senior citizens with quality and affordable in-home care, has cracked the code on how to help North Carolina's elderly population get rapidly vaccinated during this long and exhausting pandemic. Our team personally grew frustrated with the lack of public information and availability of vaccines in Raleigh and the surrounding areas, and decided to do something about it! CareYaya has built a step-by-step

Forget Puzzles or 'Brain Games'. This Simple And Enjoyable Activity is The #1 Way To Improve Memory in Elderly With Alzheimer's and Dementia.

Forget Puzzles or 'Brain Games'. This Simple And Enjoyable Activity is The #1 Way To Improve Memory in Elderly With Alzheimer's and Dementia.

The team at CareYaya is constantly scouring the latest in evidence-based medical research to improve the experience of aging, helping our clients maintain their cognitive and physical wellness as long as possible through modifiable lifestyle factors. We present our findings to you in a simplified and easy-to-understand manner, with ample links to the underlying clinical evidence for those who like to nerd out! Have you been bombarded with ads for "brain fitness" apps like Lumosity [https://www.

Let's get FAT in caring for the elderly!

Let's get FAT in caring for the elderly!

No, that's not what we meant!!! CareYaya has a motto for both our family caregivers and professional caregivers when dealing with stressful situations: “Let’s get FAT: Flexible, Adaptable, Trainable!” When things went sideways–as things inevitably do at some point–we remind each other to “stay FAT!”. Getting and staying FAT for elderly care partners has three parts that might look something like this: * Be flexible. Let it ride when things don’t go how you think they will (or think the

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