How does one embrace an aging body ? How indeed. Memories of youth come in the way. Memories of when running was easy and fun. Kicking a ball and running after it was fun. Future held promise and dreams were dreamt. There was a thick shock of hair to be styled, muscles to be exercised, skills to be mastered. Memories were to be made and not to be lived in.
I am a dementia care specialist. Dementia as a condition brings a lot of changes in the person, affecting her/him in almost every aspect of life. The transformation during the course of the illness is difficult: physically and emotionally for both the person as well as his or her family members.
Technology has become an essential part of our lives. We have become dependent on various gadgets to make our life easier. This was not always the case, earlier people were more dependent on each other to complete tasks. One important gadget which has taken an important role in our life is our “smartphone”, be it for calling, chatting, shopping, monetary transactions or any other thing – our smartphone manages all.
One of the most common sources of worry and tension for elderly aging in place is the fear of falling. Falls can result in disabling injuries for seniors, causing loss of independence and impacting the quality of their lives. According to sources every 13 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall and every 20 minutes an older adult dies from a fall.
‘Caregiver’ definitely became my identity for my relatives, friends and society for almost 12 years. My father had Dementia. And though it’s just been a few months since we lost him, I can’t help but remember his little quirks and odd demands that he would make while he was staying with us. My days and nights were all spent in helping my father, trying my best to be there with him. Losing a parent does leave a palpable void.
Aging is a time of transition. It happens naturally, but aging well takes careful planning. For many thousands of years, mankind has wondered when old age began. Beginning at the turn of the 20th century, life spans in India started steadily rising, from 32 years to 66.2 years. This is majorly due to availability of a vast array of drugs in the market.
Osteo-arthritis is inflammation of the joint. We know of over a hundred causes for the inflammation of the joint. Many are due to injury, infection, autoimmune disorders, due to accumulation of crystals in the joint etc. Osteoarthritis or Degenerative arthritis is the commonest form of arthritis where we have not been able to find a cause. Since it happens most often in the elderly we feel that in some way it is due to the aging process and or an accumulation of injury over the years.
Simplifying yourself and your life is always a positive step ahead and it is never too late for it. It not only means simplifying it emotionally and psychologically, but also de-cluttering our surroundings and environment. This is specially important when we have elders around. Here are some points why it is healthier for us to own fewer material things in the golden years.
Personal hygiene has always been a topic of much stress and concern among the caregivers of dementia. As care specialists too, we often hear instances of how making their loved ones bathe becomes a daily hassle causing strain and tensions. We all understand the host of infections and problems that can crop up with not maintaining proper hygiene. Our persistent effort in explaining and making them bathe is often met with strong resistance, often accompanied with them being aggressive: verbally and physically. Some of the tips that come handy in such times are.
Informing patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) of their diagnosis is hard. Family members often ask physicians not to inform the patient about it, as they are not in the favor of disclosing the diagnosis of dementia to their loved ones. This could be because their loved ones may not be in the condition to understand it or it may create more anxiety in the patients regarding their future. Family caregivers may also experience fear thinking about their loved one’s reaction to it, or they may not know how to break the news to them. Physicians are also reluctant to disclose AD diagnosis to their patients.