Articles About the Impact of Aging Parents

Scents Can Spark Memories

 

I recently gave a tour to a kind gentleman who was looking for an alternate assisted living facility for his mother. He told me that his mom has been living in her current ALF for the last 6 months and often gets lost within the building. He also mentioned that she forgets to eat and he is now forced to pay a monthly convenience fee so a caregiver can remind her when it is time to eat with the other residents in the large dining area.

Needless to say he was impressed with Sutton Homes’ all-inclusive rate with no extra charges for levels of care. Then he asked our caregiver, “Will you remind my mother when it is time for her to eat?” Our caregiver replied, “I probably won’t have to. The residents always smell our home cooked meals and participate with meal preparation.”

It never occurred to me that one does not smell cooked meals within a large facility thus, forgetting to eat. As stated on Caring.com, “Although someone with severe-stage dementia may seem beyond all interaction, you may be able to reach in and connect through smell.” This makes perfect sense… I know when I smell a home cooked meal or baked cookies I am in a happier mood.

Read the Caring.com article here:

Tax tip! You may be eligible to claim your parent as a dependent

It’s tax season again! If you contribute towards your parent’s assisted living, you may be eligible to claim him or her as a dependent. Here is a great tip from USAA Magazine regarding overlooked credits and write-offs for caregivers,  “Those supporting an aging parent may be able to claim the parent as a dependent even if the parent lives in his or her own home or in an assisted living facility. You must provide more than 50% of your parent’s support costs. If your parent is your dependent and you’re not married, you may also qualify for head of household filing status.”

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/usaa_2015spring/#/9

 

 

Recognizing the Important Job of Family Caregivers

Sutton Homes Memory Care Celebrates National Family Caregiver Month. We recognize all the important care that family provides. Should caregivers need a break to attend to personal needs or take a vacation, Sutton Homes provides overnight respite care for their loved ones. Call to reserve a spot at
407-740-8815.

Read the article Care Comes Home on www.caregiveraction.org for more information about the importance and value of Family Caregivers.

The article begins:

Your loved one’s care does not always take place in hospitals, or nursing homes, or doctor offices, or medical clinics. Most care actually occurs in the home – and that’s a good thing. People are healthier at home and health care costs are reduced. Family caregivers have the best interests of their loved ones at heart. But caregiving at home can take its toll and it certainly takes a lot of planning. The Nation’s 90 million family caregivers are front and center in providing care every day …

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Avoid 5 Common Mistakes When Hiring a Caregiver

Caring for a loved one at home can be the right option for some families but having the right support is important. Here are some tips that might help make the search easier.

This recently published article in US News & World Report Money Section, is entitled 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Caregiver for Your Parent.

The article gives 5 common mistakes people make when hiring a caregiver, why they make them and how to avoid them.

It begins:

You can’t do it all, and when you realize that, you either hire someone else for the task or spread the work around. Or you just let it go.

But if part of doing it all is taking care of an aging parent, you can’t let it go, and spreading the work among family and friends may be impractical or impossible. Depending on the type of care your parent needs, you may not be able to do much, even if you have the time. So if you’re considering hiring an in-home caregiver for your mother, father or a relative, here are five common mistakes you should avoid.

1. Putting it off

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Helpful Article about Activities for People with Dementia

The article Activities For People With Dementia, by Jennifer Buckley, recently published on Caregiver.com contains a helpful, short list of easy and enjoyable ways to spend quality time with, and carry on conversation with people with dementia.

Some of these helpful suggestions include: reminiscing conversation using audio or visual aids to stimulate memory, singing and dancing and shared activities that stimulate the senses.

The article begins:

It is universally recognized that elderly people with dementia lose their short term memory first and their long term memory last. For example, they often remember people and events from their earlier years, but have difficulty remembering what they ate for breakfast the day before.

A while back, a family member asked me “what do you do with someone who can no longer carry on a normal conversation?” The short answer is “Relax and have fun.” The long answer would require writing a whole book. A short summary of some activities include the following…

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Tips for distance caregiving of elderly parents

daughter-aging-motherCaring for a loved one with dementia can be very challenging and overwhelming. Certainly many families manage the care effectively and creatively despite being miles away. When the care becomes too draining or your loved one’s safety is at risk, assisted living care is a great option. Sutton Homes Memory Care provides personalized safe assisted living care in a secure environment for anyone dealing with memory loss. Residents live in a real home in a real neighborhood. Call us today for a tour! 407-740-8815.

The Washington Post has some very helpful and useful tips for distance caregivers.

Caring for elderly parents from afar? Some tips

Just a generation ago, aging family members typically had at least one relative living nearby. These days, many are being cared for by baby boomer children who live far away.

Balancing careers and kids of their own, these grown children may find it difficult to move closer to parents who have begun to need daily help.

Caregiving has become “an unexpected second career” for many people in their 50s and 60s, says Tamar Shovali, who studies gerontology and teaches at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

“And distance caregiving is really difficult,” she says.

Article originally published in The Washington Post.

Inspiring and Sweet Article About Wife’s Devotion to a Husband With Dementia

How this wife unlocked her husband’s dementia is the title of a lovely article, by Jody Gastfriend on http://www.rl.tv/. Written in the words of Henry Oppenheim’s child the article tells of his unique personality and the wife who found inspiring and creative ways to remain connected to her beloved husband during his mental decline.

The article begins:

A year ago last March, my father, Henry Oppenheim, passed away after a long battle with dementia. My siblings and I used to joke that my dad had nine lives. There were so many close calls: a urinary tract infection that ravaged his body and a cardiac arrest that weakened an already damaged heart, to name two.

But somehow, despite the assaults he suffered to both body and mind, my father had a strong will to live.

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Spotlight on health benefits of pets in senior living

May is National Pet Month, Pets Benefit Seniors

May is National Pet Month, Pets bring many benefits to seniors

Animals can enhance the quality of life of our seniors. Sutton Homes Memory Care is pet friendly! Several of our homes have pets that live there full time. We also encourage families to bring their pets to visit our residents. Many of them do that on a regular basis.

The following article, found on http://www.aplaceformom.com highlights some of the specific health and wellness benefits that pets can bring to our loved ones.

May is National Pet Month, so it’s a great time to look at the number of benefits pets have on their owners, especially for seniors. As known benefits increase, senior communities are becoming more pet friendly, letting residents enjoy the benefits of an animal companion through pet therapy provided by a certified therapy animal and handler.

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How to Avoid the Top 10 Senior Scams

One of the “Red Flags” of dementia is that your loved one may fall victim to a scam. At Sutton Homes Memory Care, our residents are provided with supervision and protection to keep them safe from criminals that prey on vulnerable seniors. Knowing the risks listed in the article below can help keep your family from being scammed.

The Top 10 Senior Scams and How to Avoid Them Scammers are evil but not stupid. They prey on targets of opportunity. Seniors are often vulnerable to cons because of cognitive problems that can impair judgment. Isolation and sometimes loneliness can also make seniors dangerously trusting. Furthermore, technological naiveté can lead to seniors falling for scams that involve techno-babble or financial jargon: “Your credit card battery has died and I just need some information from you to recharge it over the air.”

You’re unlikely to fall for a scam that you’ve been forewarned about, so we have compiled a list of 10 common scams that are draining the savings of seniors across the U.S. Stay vigilant and warn your older loved ones about these cons:

The Latest Scams Victimizing Older Americans

Here are 10 common tactics fraudsters use to separate seniors from their money:

Click to read more of this article on www.aplaceformom.com.

8 questions to ask yourself before becoming a caregiver for a family member

Are you ready for the demands, responsibilities and rewards of becoming a family caregiver? Ask yourself these 8 questions, from the article entitled “8 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Becoming Your Parent’s Caregiver” on A Place for Mom (www.aplaceformom.com), first.

As this article states, being a full-time caregiver affects your mental and emotional, and even physical, health. It can have effects on your relationship with your parent, and other relationships. In order to prepare for the changes ask yourself these questions:

1. Am I really capable of taking care of Mom all by myself? Do I need to hire outside help or consider assisted living?

2. Do I have the social support and resources I’m going to need?

3. Will I be able to make time for myself and my family?

4. How will caregiving affect my physical and mental health?

5. Will I be able to allow myself to accept help and take breaks?

6. Am I financially prepared for the extra costs of caregiving?

7. Will I be able to cut back on work responsibilities during those times when I need to care for my parent?

8. If a loved one has dementia and can no longer filter their behavior, will I be able to cope with potentially hurtful words or actions?

As this article points out, asking these questions are an important and excellent exercise to help determine one’s readiness to become a caregiver for an aging parent.

Please see the full article, written by by Sarah Stevenson, for more excellent information, helpful tips and links for family caregivers, and those considering becoming caregivers.

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