The Caregiver's Beacon Newsletter
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As we head into the Autumn months and soon the Winter months, it is a good idea to take a look at your elder’s home to make sure that she is prepared for cooler days and colder nights. Many aging people complain about “being cold” all the time, but this may be a sign that they are in danger of “hypothermia,” or dangerously low body temperature. If your elder is not eating well (malnourished), is diabetic or lives in substandard housing, she may be at risk for hypothermia.
Hypothermia can be exacerbated in the elderly due to changes in the way aging people perceive cold, skin diseases, inactivity or immobility, medications (such as antidepressants or benzodiazepams) or alcohol abuse. Low body temperature can lead to slowed speech and reflexes; high blood pressure; or depressed breathing. Some of these symptoms are often hard to detect in impaired elderly people, so be alert to these risk factors.
What should you do when it gets too cold?:
Even mild hypothermia is considered a serious condition in an elderly person and might require hospitalization. If you suspect that your elder is experiencing hypothermia, call for emergency help and slowly rewarm your elder with blankets, socks, hat and gloves. Caution: Rapidly rewarming an elderly person can be deadly. Please refer to the Merck Manual of Geriatrics in ElderCare Online’s Medical Research Assistant at http://www.ec-online.net/Assistants/medresassistant.htm for more information on medical care for aging people.
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Keepin’ Up With ALZwell: The Anger Wall
KEEPIN’ UP WITH ALZWELL: The Anger Wall
All Caregivers get angry. It's OK! Let it out on the ALZwell Anger Wall. You do not need to be a registered member to post here -- you can do it anonymously. Be warned that there is some pretty graphic stuff posted here. We’re not here to judge what you should be saying or thinking. Sometimes you need to get those dark thought off your chest and move on.
Let it out at … http://eldercare.infopop.cc/eve/forums/a/frm/f/4021010423
The transition from independence to a full-time assisted living community can be a difficult and even painful process for aging seniors, as well as those who love them. However, families facing this situation should be able to rest easy knowing that each senior who makes the move to a new care center will be receiving the best care possible, and that any care plan developed will be specifically tailored to the unique needs of each individual.
Sadly, seniors cannot always be sure that the kind of treatment they expect is what they will receive. Stories of nursing home abuse are all too common, and reports can be found frequently in the news detailing the mistreatment that helpless patients have received at the hands of careless, or sometimes even intentionally abusive attendants, nurses, or other nursing home staff members.
Read the complete article at… http://www.ec-online.net/Knowledge/Articles/assisted-living-resident-rights.html
CAREGIVER SUPPORT: The ElderCare Forum
The ElderCare Forum has been continuously providing support to caregivers since 1997. The technology certainly has changed over the last 14 years. One thing that has not changed is the valuable exchange that has served so many caregivers over those years.
This is a safe place for people to share ideas, humor, anger, and make lasting relationships. No topic is out of bounds. Drop by today to browse or join in the discussions. We have currently over 4,500 registered members.
Visit the ElderCare Forum at http://eldercare.infopop.cc/6/ubb.x
Perhaps your loved one has suffered a stroke or has recently received an artificial hip. Maybe old age and frailty have impaired her balance and stability. Finding the appropriate mobility aid, such as a cane, walker, or crutches, can speed rehabilitation and provide secure footing.
Finding the right mobility aid requires a little research: one size does not fit all. Once the device has been obtained, it is important to be shown how to use it properly with the assistance of a rehabilitation specialist, physical therapist, or your healthcare provider. The benefits of these devices can be enormous in enhancing safety and promoting independence.
Read the complete article at… http://www.ec-online.net/Knowledge/Articles/choose-cane-walker-crutches.html
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