Overview: Caring for your aging loved one

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Our series on caring for your aging parent or loved one wraps up today,  with a recap on how we can best care for the people we love, while continuing to care for ourselves. Alan Popp, President, Colony Care at Home and Grace Barone, Director of Community Relations at Orchard Valley in Wilbraham joined us to help wrap-up the series and share resources and advice.

To get in touch with Alan, email him at alan@colonycareathome.com
To get in touch with Grace, email her at gbarone@benchmarkquality.com

Some examples of danger:
Stairway with no rail, plus trip hazard.
Open stairway to basement
Homemade wheelchair ramp
Personally transporting invalid
No rails in the bathroom

10 Signs for Alzheimers Disease

Memory loss that disrupts daily life
Challenges in planning or solving problems
Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
Confusion with time or place
Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
New problems with words in speaking or writing
Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
Decreased or poor judgment
Withdrawal from work or social activities
Changes in mood and personality

Caregiving How To’s

Understanding The Problem

As much as possible, the older person and the whole family need to be involved in problem-solving.

Emphasize the positive parts of caregiving

Four COPE problem-solving steps:

Creativity by looking for new ways to solve problems

Optimism by having positive expectations for achieving your goals

Planning by thinking about the steps you can take to reach your goals

Expert Information by asking for guidance from health professionals as well as people who have dealt with similar problems in the past.

For more information visit HealthinAging.org


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