Daily or In-Home Caregiver

Dementia, Caregiving, and Controlling Frustration

The Stresses of Caregiving

Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers

First, Care for Yourself

On an airplane, an oxygen mask descends in front of you. What do you do? As we all know, the first rule is to put on your own oxygen mask before you assist anyone else. Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. Caring for yourself is one of the most important—and one of the most often forgotten—things you can do as a caregiver. When your needs are taken care of, the person you care for will benefit, too.

行为控制策略(痴呆) (Behavior Management Strategies for Dementia - Chinese)

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Demencia (Dementia)

Definición

En la comunidad médica se emplea el término de "demencia" para describir a los pacientes con trastornos de la capacidad intelectual. Los pacientes de demencia también pueden clasificarse según padezcan de demencia "presenil" o "senil", "síndrome cerebral orgánico" o "crónico", "arteriosclerosis" o "atrofia cerebral". Es importante señalar que la demencia no es una dolencia normal del proceso de envejecimiento. Los trastornos de demencia son provocados por procesos patológicos anormales y pueden afectar tanto a las personas jóvenes como a los ancianos.

El cuidar durante una crisis (Caregiving During a Crisis)

Los periodos de crisis provocan reacciones emocionales y físicas en todo el mundo. Después de los eventos del 11 de septiembre muchos de nosotros nos encontrábamos distraídos, inseguros o con el sentimiento que habíamos perdido el control sobre la vida. Las emergencias, aún las que son menos catastróficas que los ataques de septiembre, producen emociones conflictivas y estrés. Los individuos con demencia también responden a las emergencias y sus reacciones pueden causar más estrés para la familia y la persona que proporciona el cuidado.

Una Guia para Cuidadores (A Guide for Caregivers)

“Cuidar de uno mismo es fundamental si cuidas de un ser querido,” dijo una hija que cuida de su madre. Aunque es muy fácil decirlo, la aceptación e integración de este consejo puede ser mucho más difícil. Muchos cuidadores no tienen el tiempo para pensar en más que las tareas que les esperan cada mañana y se olvidan de incluir tiempo para sí mismos en la lista de cosas que necesitan hacer durante el día.

Sandwiched In - Caregivers in the Middle

Your parents are aging and need your help, and your children are not yet independent. You are a member of the "Sandwich Generation," caught between the needs of your parents and those of your children.

Should you check in on your mother who isn't feeling well, or attend your daughter's recital? Do you pick your son up from school, or take your father to his doctor's appointment? You are torn, guilt ridden, and just plain tired. You also have a child who feels abandoned and resentful.

Caregiving FAQs

Have a question you would like to pose to our staff on care issues, use of community services, caregiver programs in your state or other caregiving issues? Just e-mail us at [email protected] with your question and your location and our social workers and resource specialists will respond! You can also visit our Family Care Navigator, State-by-State Help for Family Caregivers, to find resources in your state.

 

Ask an Expert: Repeating

Dear FCA:

My husband Ted had a series of mini-strokes. He can carry on a conversation some times. But other times I've noticed that Ted gets "stuck" on a subject and tends to repeat the same thing over and over again. He could ask when dinner is 25 times or more. It's so frustrating. I don't know what to do to get through to him. If I get angry, it just seems to make him upset too. Can you offer me any advice?

FAQ: "Agitated"

Dear FCA:

My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease two years ago. Recently I've noticed that Mom gets very agitated in the early part of the evening. She seems nervous, paces the floor anxiously, and has become both more confused and more combative. I am having a hard time coping with these new behaviors. Is there anything I can do?

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