Social Filters Can Come and Go When Afflicted by Dementia

When working properly, our brains have a social filter. This is a thinking skill that most people have developed over time and can control without even realizing it. We all have unkind thoughts from time to time, but we do not always say out loud what we are thinking. Our social filter helps us use words and actions that show kindness and consideration to others. An example of this is when we get a handmade

Bridging the Divide When Honoring the Death of a Loved One

It’s a difficult time for you and your family. The death of a loved one or friend is often among the most stressful events in our lives. At a time when you are dealing with your own emotions and those of others, considering how to honor your loved one may feel daunting. Creating a unique and personalized event that reflects your culture and life experiences may be the way to memorialize your loved one or friend.

Caregiving Roles and Responsibilities

Family caregivers have concerns about managing multiple roles and responsibilities. These concerns include 1:1 care, emotional and social support, and care monitoring, coordination, and advocacy. Physical stress, worry, and emotional overwhelm are shared caregiver experiences. Information gaps exist in underestimating the type of information to manage disease progression and daily care needs. Other gaps include: identifying services, managing life changes, and navigating medical and legal responsibilities. Caregivers are uncertain where to turn to receive accurate,

Hard Won Wisdom: How to Have a Meaningful Caregiving Journey

If you are taking care of an aging or ill parent, spouse, family member, or friend, your worries, feelings, and challenges are very real. I took care of my mother for 14 years and while not totally unprepared because of my healthcare background, I admit it was a wild, exhausting ride which ended 3 months short of her 100th birthday. People who haven’t been on this journey might ask, “What’s so hard about it?” The

What’s Your Stress Meter Today? Is it Anxiety or an Anxiety Disorder?

What is Anxiety? It is a condition of agitation and distress and a subjective state of apprehension and uneasiness. It is a response to a vague, distant or unrecognized danger (internal) Anxiety affects one’s whole being: physiological, behavioral and psychological. Bodily reactions may include rapid heartbeat, muscle tension, queasiness, dry mouth and/or sweating. Anxiety can sabotage one’s ability to act and interfere with one’s ability to deal with everyday situations. Anxiety is an inevitable part

11 Ways Caregivers Need to Take Care of Themselves

While it’s wonderful to be a caregiver—to give back to parents or a loved one by helping them as they age or manage an illness, caregiving also can be stressful and frustrating at times. In other words, being a caregiver is no picnic. It’s important to take care of yourself. Here are 11 ways self-care tips: Eat healthy foods: Many studies show that eating the right foods— leafy green vegetables, whole grains, berries, and lean