Caregiver Anxiety

  • In Caregiving, Anxiety Can Be Contagious

    Family caregivers often find themselves in high-stress, high-stakes situations where anxiety and depression can quickly take root. Left unchecked, these natural emotions can endanger a caregiver’s health and even be transferred to their care recipient.

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  • Caregiver Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety, Stress & Worry

    Stress is normal for caregivers. But constant worrying, unrelenting doubts and pre-occupation with worst-case scenarios can be unproductive and even paralyzing. Recognize the triggers of anxiety, stop worrying and reduce stress in daily life.

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  • Anxiety, Hoarding and OCD in the Elderly

    Anxiety can be a normal reaction to stress, but when a senior’s fears, worries and coping mechanisms negatively affect their daily activities, relationships and quality of life, it crosses over into a serious mental health condition.

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  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy May Help Family Caregivers Cope With Complicated Grief

    Caregivers and seniors may benefit from this little-known form of psychotherapy that targets the symptoms of prolonged grief and post-traumatic stress that can arise after a care recipient dies.

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  • Daylight Saving Time Can Trigger Sundowning Behaviors

    For seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, daylight saving time may exacerbate the symptoms of sundowning. Changes in daylight, mealtimes and sleep schedules often bring added emotional, behavioral and cognitive difficulties.

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  • Understanding Mental Health Issues in Seniors

    The diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders in the elderly is challenging yet critical. Increasing awareness of the unique relationship between aging and psychiatric disorders helps us work toward improving mental health for older adults.

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  • Hospice Care for Advanced Dementia: When Is It Time?

    Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress slowly and unpredictably, which makes it hard for families and even doctors to determine when to bring in hospice. These guidelines can help you decide if a loved one is a candidate for end-of-life care.

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  • Compassion Fatigue: When Caregivers Go Beyond Burnout

    Although caregivers are often cautioned against the dangers of burnout, there is an even more serious phenomenon called compassion fatigue that can be detrimental to both care providers and recipients.

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  • Fear of Falling May Cause Depression in Older Adults

    A fear of falling can cause seniors to become anxious, withdrawn, and depressed. With some fall prevention efforts, a caregiver and senior can work together to more comfortably continue outside activities.

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  • How to Pick a Pet for a Senior Citizen

    Animals make wonderful companions for aging individuals. Use these pointers to ensure a senior is up for pet ownership in order to match them with the perfect new furry friend.

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  • Life As a Caregiver: How to Make Tough Care Decisions

    Caregivers often face challenging decisions regarding their loved ones’ care. Here are some strategies for maintaining your sanity, even when making the most difficult choices.

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  • Apologizing After Caregiver Stress Causes a Blowup

    Caregiving is a stressful job even during the best of times. Don't be too hard on yourself if you blow up from time to time but do look for reasons why you are feeling angry or frustrated and learn how to offer a sincere apology.

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  • Seniors Behaving Badly in Long-Term Care Facilities

    It’s impossible to anticipate how a senior may interact with other residents and staff in settings like assisted living facilities and nursing homes, but staff should be prepared to handle difficult interpersonal issues and defuse tensions.

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  • In Pain? Blame Your Brain

    One of the most frustrating and debilitating forms of pain is chronic pain. Chronic pain can last for years and is hard to treat. Understanding the mind-body connection can help people cope with chronic pain.

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  • 6 Reasons Caregivers Need More Sleep

    Finding time to sleep is one of the hardest things for a caregiver to do, but these six reasons demonstrate why caregiver respite should be a priority in any elder care plan.

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  • Treating Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Needs at the End of Life

    Many people associate end-of-life care with treating physical pain and discomfort. While that is an important part, complete end-of-life care also includes helping the dying person manage mental and emotional distress.

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  • What to Expect After a Heart Attack

    Your loved one suffered a heart attack. Thankfully, he or she survived. But that leaves the question: What now? What can you expect after a heart attack? What symptoms are normal and what are not?

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  • Dangers of Hoarding Behavior Become More Severe With Age

    Elderly hoarding is something that most family caregivers do not anticipate having to deal with. This behavior often increases with age and creates a hazardous living environment for older adults. Take these 5 steps to help a senior who hoards.

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  • Confabulation in Dementia Can Feel Like Hurtful Lies

    Memory loss is a hallmark symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, but neurological damage can also cause patients to make up hurtful stories and level false accusations toward their caregivers.

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  • 10 Ways to Prevent Caregiver Depression

    Family caregivers report much higher levels of stress and depression compared to non-caregivers, but caregiving and depression don’t have to be a package deal. Use these tools to combat low mood and find treatment options that are right for you.

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