The center for disease control reports that among people 65 years and older, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma. Each year in the United States, nearly one third of older adults experience a fall. The majority of falls occur at home and most fractures reported by older adults are the result of a fall. Falls can lead to a tragic loss of an older person's independence and mobility.
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Approximately 10 million individuals are caring for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) or another type of dementia. Although memory loss is the most common symptom, others include confusion, lack of orientation and changes in personality and behavior. Individuals with AD require escalating levels of care, management and provisions for their safety. Because the disease slowly gets worse, caregivers often spend a very long time in the caregiving role.
A significant portion of those in the workforce are providing eldercare to aging family members. Between 25 to 35 percent of all workers report that they are currently providing, or have recently provided, care to someone 65+. Among baby boomer caregivers (those born between 1946-1964), an estimated 60% are working full or part-time. Working caregivers often suffer work-related difficulties due to their dual caregiving roles.
Hello all! As promised I'm posting regular "Ask Dr. Alexis" frequently asked questions. This time the subject is "Caring for the Caregiver"....I hope you can glean some applicable tips and information from this Q&A. If you have any questions - or would like to add any additional suggestions/ideas/thoughts to this blog - please feel free to email me at email@example.com. I very much look forward to hearing from you!
Independence is paramount in our day-to-day lives, so it's no surprise that the fear of losing one's independence -- especially among the elderly -- is substantial. In fact, research suggests that over ninety-five percent of people 75 and older say they want to stay in their homes and live independently indefinitely.
1. Are spousal caregivers more prone to caregiver fatigue? Yes, spousal caregivers are especially prone to “burnout” because the significant changes in the marital relationship can sometimes leave the spouse giving the care feeling overwhelmed and stressed. This can also be compounded if the caregiver is also taking over responsibilities that were once handled solely by their ailing spouse, from cooking and doing laundry, to balancing the checkbook and heading up the financial decisions.
Hello! I will be posting a new set of caregiving questions on a regular basis - this time I'm focusing on some general questions I'm routinely asked by caregivers. Other topics will include caring for a spouse, caring for the caregiver, caregiver resources, etc. If you have a specific question you would like answered please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!
It can be particularly difficult to find appropriate (and appreciated!) gifts for our older relatives and friends. So what’s the secret to success when shopping for the senior in your life? Do you go with practical or fun? High-tech or low-tech? Here are some great Dr. Alexis Approved ideas that will hopefully help as you begin to tackle your gift list for the seniors in your life.