Grief vs. Depression in the Elderly: A Guide for Caregivers

2022-06-23T11:46:15-04:00

As part of the aging process, older adults commonly experience losses like the death of a friend, family member, or pet; changes in health; and gradual declines of mobility and independence. These and other losses often lead to grief and mourning, and working through those feelings is an important part of your loved one’s emotional wellness. However, there’s no timeline for grief. So, as a caregiver, how do you know when your loved one is struggling and needs extra support? The signs might not be easy to spot. “Depression in seniors is very unique,” says Ardeshir Hashmi, MD, section chief of [...]

Grief vs. Depression in the Elderly: A Guide for Caregivers2022-06-23T11:46:15-04:00

Coping with Elders Who Won’t Accept In-Home Caregivers

2019-02-13T14:26:59-05:00

Carol Bradley Bursack, Minding Our Elders  Hiring in-home care for my neighbor, Joe, was quite an ordeal. The company we chose and their caregivers were great, but the quality of care wasn't the issue. The problem was that Joe resented anyone but me helping him. He locked one caregiver out of his home, let another in but was rude to her, and thoroughly enjoyed one young man, but only because they could discuss golf together. Families hire home care to provide respite and quality care for seniors, but what is a caregiver to do when their loved one refuses to cooperate with [...]

Coping with Elders Who Won’t Accept In-Home Caregivers2019-02-13T14:26:59-05:00

9 Strategies to Help a Parent Who Refuses Care

2018-09-27T22:06:52-04:00

Your mother resists in-home helpers, insisting you can wait on her. Your frail father won't stop driving. Your aunt denies the need for a personal care aide, in spite of her unwashed hair and soiled clothes. Your grandmother refuses to move to an assisted living facility "because it's full of old people." Sound familiar? Nothing is harder for a family caregiver than an elder loved one who refuses needed help. "This is one of the most common and difficult caregiving challenges that adult kids face," says Donna Cohen, Ph.D. a clinical psychologist and author of "The Loss of Self: A Family [...]

9 Strategies to Help a Parent Who Refuses Care2018-09-27T22:06:52-04:00
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