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.
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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.
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