Resources for Caregivers and Those Needing Care 3

 

 

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Dedicated to my two girls… Merry Christmas in Heaven Melva

I get a lot of email suggesting content for TLS. I try to never do direct advertising but every once in a while an idea comes along that makes a lot of sense. The idea for this page comes from Marie Villeza of elderimpact.org from Cary, NC. She recently emailed me with the suggestion to add them to the Veteran’s resource page on TLS.

 From Marie:

I know your site is primarily focused on veterans (and you have a really wonderful list of resources!), but I think there might be an aging subset of that population who might benefit from what I have to offer. 

The resources you provide are very much in line with our goals at ElderImpact, where we’re trying to make information more accessible that empowers seniors (and creates supportive communities!) so that they can continue to impact the world.  

I’m excited to write to you and share some of the resources I’ve come across to improve seniors’ daily life, particularly at this time of year.  The holidays can be a very stressful and sad time, but this is especially true for seniors who are reminded of lost loved ones as well as their reduced health and abilities. 

I hope you’ll take a moment to look at these and share them on your site”

The links contained here are seasonal of course since many are related to the holiday season. While most of us are decorating and thinking of beautiful events about to unfold in our lives, many people are more concerned with caring for a loved one that is no longer able to care for themselves. I am amazed at how many people I know are going through these challenging times and how many more are struggling. It is particularly hard on people who have worked all of their lives looking forward to finally taking a break when they find themselves facing the hardest job of all: taking care of someone they love who has few choices or alternatives.

I hope and pray that these links may help someone to cope with a bad day or maybe gain a little more understanding about the depth of the valley they find themselves in.

Mister Mac

The Guide to Overcoming Holiday Depression for the Elderly and their Caretakers

https://www.aclsonline.us/articles/the-guide-to-overcoming-holiday-depression-for-the-elderly-and-their-caretakers/

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

http://www.aagponline.org/

22 Senior Health Risk Calculators for Healthy Aging

http://www.calculators.org/health/aging.php

Caregiving Support & Help

http://www.helpguide.org/elder/caring_for_caregivers.htm

Swimming to Benefit Those with Parkinson’s and Depression

http://blog.intheswim.com/health-aging-parkinsons-disease-swimming/

10 Mental Health and Recovery Resources for Our Seniors

7% of people (that’s over 20 million in the US) have a major depressive disorder (1). More than HALF of these people do not get the treatment they need (2). We hope the following resources can guide you and your loved ones to get the necessary help and support:

Elderly Depression and Care for the Elderly
http://www.aplaceformom.com/senior-care-resources/articles/elderly-depression

The Guide to Overcoming Holiday Depression for the Elderly and their Caretakers
https://www.aclsonline.us/articles/the-guide-to-overcoming-holiday-depression-for-the-elderly-and-their-caretakers/

Depression is Not a Normal Part of Growing Older | CDC.GOV
http://www.cdc.gov/aging/mentalhealth/depression.htm

Substance Abuse and Misuse Among Older Adults
http://www.gmhfonline.org/gmhf/consumer/factsheets/substnabuse_factsheet.html

Addiction Prevention Guide for Seniors
http://www.newbeginningsdrugrehab.org/guide-to-addiction-prevention-for-seniors/

Depression Treatment: Therapy, Medication and Lifestyle Changes
http://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/depression-treatment.htm

Brain Health
http://www.alz.org/we_can_help_brain_health_maintain_your_brain.asp

Early Warning Signs of Dementia & Alzheimer’s
http://www.homeadvisor.com/article.show.Early-Warning-Signs-of-Dementia-and-Alzheimers.17144.html

Staying Healthy as a Senior
http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Seniors/Health/Staying-Healthy.shtml

22 Senior Health Risk Calculators for Healthy Aging
http://www.calculators.org/health/aging.php

1) http://www.mentalhealth.gov/blog/2014/10/why-you-should-care-about-mental-health.html
2) http://store.samhsa.gov/product/Behavioral-Health-United-States-2012/SMA13-4797
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NEW Additions: Alzheimer’s Disease

Living Day to Day with Alzheimer’s Disease
http://www.banneralz.org/patients-plus-family/caring-for-a-loved-one/living-day-to-day.aspx
5 Ways to Help Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s
http://www.everydayhealth.com/health-report/alzheimers-caregiver-guide/help-your-loved-one.aspx
The Well Travel Guide for Alzheimer’s Sufferers and Their Caregivers
https://travelblog.expedia.ca/well-travel-guide-for-alzheimers-patients/
Beating Apathy in Dementia
http://www.alzheimersweekly.com/2015/06/beating-apathy-in-dementia.html

Mood Boosters for Those with Severe-Stage Dementia
https://www.caring.com/articles/5-things-you-can-do-to-brighten-the-day-of-someone-with-severe-dementia
Many individuals and their families are struggling to cope with Alzheimer’s, and I believe it’s important that we all make an effort to show our support.

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