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The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for taking care of yourself throughout the grieving process.

Mental health is a complex area of medicine, but there are steps caregivers can take to learn about mental illness, support their loved ones and ensure they get necessary treatments.

It is well known that some friends and family may make themselves scarce following a serious diagnosis. Dementia is unique, though, in that families and individuals vehemently try to deny its existence. Sadly, brushing symptoms and explanations under the rug only undermines relationships and causes added uncertainty for those friends and family who wish to remain involved, but are unsure of how to proceed.

Do you know how stressed out you truly are? Answer a few questions to determine your level of caregiver burnout and see what resources can help reduce your strain.

When a loved one is facing the end of life, families often experience a whirlwind of emotions. A hospice chaplain explains the techniques he uses to help family members understand and forgive one another and get through trying times together.

One of the best forms of "help" a caregiver can ask for is basic moral support. Knowing that someone acknowledges and understands their hard work can be the difference between success and total burnout. A social network is a must for family caregivers.

The holidays are a busy and emotional time, but with a few simple organizational tips and reminders to be appreciative for all that you have, you can have a happy and meaningful season.

Use your zodiac sign to see how you handle caregiving and what kinds of characteristics may make your responsibilities easier or harder to handle. Read articles on providing care that have been selected specifically for your astrological sign.

Both caregivers and their loved ones can benefit from daily light therapy. This natural treatment can help regulate wake/sleep patterns, stabilize moods, and minimize the symptoms of sundown syndrome.

It is easy to get caught up in caring for others and forget to take care of yourself. However, staying healthy mentally and physically directly affects the quality of care and interaction that you are able to provide for others.

It is becoming increasingly difficult for humans to establish personal, physical connections in this digital age. However, showing affection through touch is vital to expressing our feelings for those we love--especially the elderly, ill and disabled.

Positive thinking and careful framing are powerful tools that can help individuals live the healthy and happy lives that they desire. Learn how to focus on the good and avoid getting caught in a negative rut that can affect your health and how you age.

Just as we must work to stay physically fit, we must also work to keep our minds in shape. “Leave the bad weather behind” and avoid pessimism to develop a healthier outlook on life..

As caregivers, we must encourage activities and interests that contribute to our loved ones’ feelings of self-worth while also balancing their safety.

Having a purpose in life can protect your brain and is associated with a number of positive physical and psychological benefits. Learn how to help your loved one (and yourself) regain a sense of purpose.

Do you have a friend with a chronic illness? Here are a few strategies for supporting him or her.

Many caregivers tend to lose sight of their value during long, difficult stints of providing care for those they love. Learn how to break out of this damaging mindset and assert your worth with these dos and don’ts.

Can a longtime caregiver ever really distance themselves from their role and start over? Writing in a journal about your thoughts, feelings and goals can help you make positive changes in your attitude, your health and your life.

It's not just another buzzword; mindfulness can be extremely beneficial for caregivers who struggle to remain focused and positive while trying to meet a loved one’s ever-changing needs.

As caregivers, how do we beat feelings of holiday blues so that we can get through the next few weeks with our sanity in tact?
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