The 2013 Caregiver Cruise Give Away Contest ends on August 24. This is your last chance to nominate and vote for a deserving caregiver. The winner will receive a stress-free vacation and 40 hours of in-home care services for their loved one.
Is there anything more heart-wrenching than an adult child watching her mom decline to a point where she needs to help with toileting? Or more awkward than a son having to coax his dad into a shower and help him wash? These personal care tasks can be hard for a senior's family member to take on, but here are seven suggestions you can recommend to help make those tasks less awkward for both senior and family.
Caregiver Support Groups and Other Resources It's not easy being a caregiver. When you recognize that a family caregiver you know could use support, refer him or her to this list of places to turn for advice, insight, and solutions that can help make the burden just a little bit lighter. Read More »
Question: My Dad hums all the time recently. It's very annoying to us all. How do we get him to stop? Why is he doing it?
David Troxel's Answer: It's not always the big things; it's the little things that can "push you over the edge!"
Your dad's behavior could have a number of causes. Alzheimer's disease and the other dementias often impact words and language. This may be a simple form of communication for him or a behavior "covering up" his failing vocabulary. Alzheimer's and dementia patients also sometimes have compulsive behaviors.
Sometimes, it's better to consider what won't work before looking for strategies that have a better chance of success. Snapping, yelling, and losing your temper? Those are things that won't work.
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