Common Mistakes When Caring For A  Parent Or Spouse With Dementia

Common Mistakes When Caring For A Parent Or Spouse With Dementia

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It can be overwhelming when your parent or spouse is diagnosed with dementia. At times, you might feel frustrated and confused by the increasing difficulty you have communicating with your loved one. And you most likely won't be the only one in the relationship experiencing frustration, as dementia patients often feel anger, sadness, and fear. The dementia can cause these emotions to present as rapid mood swings, resulting in communication becoming even more difficult. Changes to daily routines, illnesses, and other stressors can make dementia symptoms even worse. Check the Alzheimer's Association's list of dementia symptoms. While you can't control someone else's symptoms, you can control your own communication style. Your days will go more smoothly and you'll be better able to meet your loved one's needs when you're aware…
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Don’t Fear Aging: Improve Your Mindset to Age  Better

Don’t Fear Aging: Improve Your Mindset to Age Better

Health content, Prevention
Did you know that changing how you think can increase your lifespan, make you healthier and improve your memory, too? It’s true! No matter how old you are, positive change is always possible. Mindset matters! Two beliefs to increase longevity Being optimistic doesn’t mean being a Pollyanna in your view of the world. It does mean having: A general expectation that good things are coming.A belief that you have control over important outcomes. Research indicates that holding these two beliefs can help you live 11-15% longer! Grow your optimism If you don’t have these two beliefs, don’t worry! You can teach your brain to think differently by reframing experiences that feel negative. Start by writing down an experience that carries negative emotions. Read what you wrote. Then, rewrite the experience…
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When Physical Therapy Sessions End, You’re In  Charge of Continued Recovery

When Physical Therapy Sessions End, You’re In Charge of Continued Recovery

Health content, Prevention
Discharge instructions are not always something we take seriously. Sometimes they just end up in the recycle bin. But paying more attention to the post-treatment weeks can contribute to your full, pain-free recovery, according to Dr. Patrick Donovan, owner and physical therapist at Heather Lane Physical Therapy in Denver. “You may be thinking, ‘I finished physical therapy, so I’m done,’” Dr. Donovan says. “But the movement strategies and exercises you learned in your PT sessions can do you a world of good even after you’ve finished the formal treatment.” How long to continue the exercises? The time frame for continuing to do the exercises depends on: The length of your PT course. According to Dr. Donovan, the rule of thumb is that the longer you were in physical therapy, the…
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Down With Depression! Physical  Therapy Can Help You Stay Out of the Dark

Down With Depression! Physical Therapy Can Help You Stay Out of the Dark

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Depression can feel as if you're in a dense fog that covers you like a smothering blanket, and it's become very common among seniors. More than 6.5 million American adults older than 65 deal with depression on a daily basis. But even if you're dealing with loss or a medical condition, depression doesn't have to be part of normal aging. How can you throw off that blanket, break through from the fog and let the sunshine back into your life? Symptoms of depression in older adults When you have depression in your later years, it can keep you from interacting in the ways that have been familiar to you. Symptoms of depression in older adults can be different from those in younger people. They include: Social withdrawalMemory problemsWeight lossIrritabilityConfusionTrouble sleepingPhysical…
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