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Drop the Guilt When Caring for a Loved One

You know those nagging feelings that tug at your soul and tell you that you should do something like— visit mom more often? That’s caregiver guilt. You are not alone.

Most caregivers relate to feelings of guilt, resentment and being overwhelmed. Caregiving is rewarding, yet still feels like you’re holding up a boulder when trying to live up to your own expectations and those of others.

Learning ways to manage caregiver guilt can make you feel like a load has been lifted off your shoulders. The better you feel, the better care you will be able to give to your loved one.

Guilt can be a positive or negative emotional experience

On the positive side, a little guilt can motivate you to have healthy social connections. “I forgot dad’s birthday. I need to call him today,” is a good use of guilt.

An article in Harvard Business Review shows that people in the workforce who are guilt-prone tend to get higher performance ratings and are viewed as better leaders.

Too much time and energy focused on guilt can have negative …
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How Music Can Benefit Mind and Body for Older Adults

Have you ever sang at the top of your lungs with your favorite music blasting on the radio? It’s hard to find someone who hasn’t. But it may have been a while.

Older adults living at home or in a senior living community often face health challenges. Memory loss from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, depression and physical ailments can make it hard to enjoy the gifts of music.

Let’s look at how music can enrich your loved one’s mind, body and overall well-being.

Music for the mind

Improves memory

Ever forget your car keys, phone or the reason you walk into a room? Imagine how downright scary it can be when memory loss is a constant companion. For people who suffer from memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s and other cognitive decline, there is a growing body of research that shows that memory loss can be reduced by listening to music.

Remembering familiar music and related events is one of the few areas spared by dementia.

Uplifts mood and relieves stress

Research shows that music can lower depression, …
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What to Do When You Receive a Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be overwhelming. Even if you suspected something was wrong, hearing it officially confirmed can be emotional for you and those who love you. While you might feel as if you have no control over your life now, there are actually steps you can take that will keep you feeling in charge and empowered.

Sit down with your loved ones and work together to create a plan for the future. That plan should start with learning more about Alzheimer’s and advance to more detailed decisions about this complex disease.

Learn More About Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is by far the most common type of dementia. An estimated 5.5 million seniors are believed to live with Alzheimer’s. If you’ve recently become one of them, it’s important to learn more about the disease.

Make sure you and your family understand the stages and symptoms of Alzheimer’s. It’s the best way to plan for the future. Planning ensures you have time to think through how you want your care to be handled and to convey those wishes to your family.


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When Memory Loss Affects the Holidays

As the holiday season approaches, many families and friends look forward to gatherings and celebrations. Though it’s a cheerful time for many, holiday gatherings can be a challenge for seniors suffering from dementia or memory loss. It can also be a trying time for those caring for older adults. Faced with different routines, activities and conversations, seniors dealing with memory loss may feel overwhelmed. It’s important to know that there are many ways to connect with your loved ones without causing stress or anxiety during holiday gatherings.

To ensure that holiday time is enjoyable for you and your loved ones, here are a few tips:

  • The holidays are a time to celebrate and reflect on family traditions and memories. Take the time to reminisce about stories from the past but do not put pressure on seniors to recall names or details of the story. They simply may enjoy listing to stories of the past.
  • Prepare family members, friends and other visitors to let them know that the person may have changed since they last saw them. Explain that he or …
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