Therapy for Seniors Articles

  • How to Identify and Minimize Caregiver Burden

    As a caregiver, 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 the strain of caring for an aging loved one.

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  • Adding a Geriatric Care Manager to your Elder Care Team

    Geriatric care managers are an elder care resource that many caregivers may not even be aware of. Learn how your family could benefit from adding a GCM to your care team and how to find one who is a good match for your senior care needs.

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  • Is Using Validation for Dementia Calming or Condescending?

    People in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia often live in an altered reality. Validating a loved one’s perceptions via “therapeutic fibbing” can be the kindest, most respectful way to handle hallucinations and delusions.

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  • Coping with Caregiver Anger

    The emotional side of caregiving for an elderly loved one often includes moments of anger. Learn to cope with the anger, frustration and resentment that arises while providing daily care.

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  • Anxiety, OCD and Hoarding in Older Adults

    Anxiety disorders common among the elderly include general anxiety, hoarding and obsessive compulsive disorder. Anxiety can be a normal reaction to stress, but when it negatively impacts daily life, its crosses over into a serious medical disorder.

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  • Treatments for Depression in the Elderly

    Depression is a serious but treatable condition. These are some of the most common and effective treatment options that doctors recommend for seniors who are experiencing mental health issues.

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  • Hydrotherapy with Mum

    I could tell Mum was nervous, but with her new bathing suit and some gentle encouragement, her confidence grew. Surprisingly, a day at the pool left her feeling marvelous.

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  • Complementary Therapies: Reiki for Seniors

    Reiki is a holistic therapy that can provide numerous benefits. It can complement any of the current therapies and medical treatments your loved one is receiving.

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

    Both family caregivers and seniors may benefit from a little-known form of psychotherapy that targets the symptoms of prolonged grief and PTSD that can occur after a parent or spouse passes away.

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  • Grief & Bereavement Top Tips: Where to Find Grief Counseling and Support Groups

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for seeking support after the death of a loved one.

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  • Grief & Bereavement Top Tips: Prioritizing Self-Care After a Loved One Passes Away

    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.

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  • Music Therapy and Mom's Dementia

    For individuals living with dementia, music has a powerful effect. Music has the incredible ability to transport us back in time, reduce stress, help us escape the present and make us more mindful of our emotions.

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  • Understanding Mental Health Issues in Seniors

    In seniors, it can be challenging for doctors to distinguish the symptoms of new or worsening mental illness from medication interactions or conditions like dementia.

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  • Music Therapy for Alzheimer's and Dementia

    Certain songs and melodies can have surprising effects on individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia. Exposing your loved one to musical therapy or recreational activities can jog their memory and be especially enjoyable for them in facilities and at home.

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  • Music-Thanatology: Providing Harmony at the End of Life

    Music has impressive healing powers for people of all ages but can be especially comforting for those who are terminally ill. Music-thanatologists are specially trained to use music to provide peace and reassurance throughout the dying process.

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  • Light Therapy for Caregivers and Dementia Patients

    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.

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  • A Self-Help Approach to Coping with Caregiver Stress

    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.

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  • Dementia Can Open the Door to Artistic Expression

    Anecdotes about people with Alzheimer's suddenly becoming skillful artists and musicians highlight the fact that individuals with cognitive impairment are still human beings who are capable of creating extraordinary and beautiful things.

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  • Loving Yourself: A Caregiver’s Ultimate Challenge

    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.

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  • A Christmas Album Designed for People with Alzheimer's

    Meet the caregiver who is using Christmas carols and other musical methods to help people with Alzheimer's and their families enjoy life to the fullest.

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