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If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), VA Means-Tested Program Income, or otherwise qualify for assistance, you could receive free installation of weatherization materials and education. Services you may qualify for include:
Ceiling, wall, and floor insulation
Duct sealing/air infiltration measures
Tune up or replacement of inefficient heating & cooling systems/appliances
Living with Alzheimer’s or caring for loved ones with dementia brings demands and may feel overwhelming. Too much stress affects your health and ability to function. Follow these 10 tips shared by the Alzheimer’s Association to reduce stress and improve concentration and decision-making:
Maintain a positive attitude.
Acceptance is key–all you can control is how you react and adjust.
People can’t help if they don’t know there is a problem–be honest and open with your feelings.
Relax–taking time to breathe is so important.
Get moving–exercise can help reduce stress.
Take it one day at a time–if it’s not an emergency situation, do not turn it into one.
Sleep is important–a good night’s rest keeps us functioning at our best.
Incorporate stress management techniques into your life–be social and have fun!
Eat a balanced, healthful diet full of fruits, vegetables, and water.
Set realistic goals and go slow–life is not a race, rather, it is a journey.
Finding ways to reduce caregiver stress will help lessen the long-term emotional and physical toll of caregiving. If you need help, contact us for more resources. More tips and symptoms of stress are available at alz.org/help-support.
Thanks again to Delia Jervier from the Capital of Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association for visiting AAACT at Central Texas Council of Governments this past week. Jervier shared great insight on caregiving for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. One point she discussed was that as loved ones digress, there is a tendency to revert to their native language, making communication with facility staff difficult. One example she gave was a Korean woman in Austin who had reverted to her native language and diet, making it impossible to find a care center for her.
Jervier also mentioned that although training is necessary for caregiving, it requires more hours of training to learn how to groom pets that it does to learn how to work with dementia patients.
“People who care for people with dementia don’t get an adequate amount of training for the type care needed by individuals with Alzheimer’s,” Jervier said.
Jervier also stressed that early diagnosis will help the individual with the disease to become more involved in the decision-making process. The 10 early signs of Alzheimer’s she shared include:
Difficulty remembering things that just happened
Inability to plan or solve problems
Losing track of dates, seasons, and time
Mood and personality changes
Struggling with conversations
Trouble completing familiar tasks
Withdrawal from social or work activities
Thank you to Temple Daily Telegram for covering this workshop. To read the complete article, visit tdtnews.com.
Hazards in the home can add up over time, increasing the risk for falls–a top reason why seniors loss independence and mobility. Check out a room-by-room modification guide from AARP that takes you through the entire house explaining specific changes that are necessary to keep seniors safe. Some highlights include:
Good lighting, essential for seniors because aging eyes need much more light than younger ones
Visual shopping guide with pictures of recommended home safety modification items
Keeping things within reach, making it easier for those who are frail or weak
Evaluating outdoor hazards as well as indoor ones
Simple to-do lists that separate the tasks you can do yourself from those that may require a handyman or contractor
Other helpful online resources to learn about home modifications for older adults
Download the entire HomeFit Guide from AARP below:
We also explain what being discharged really means for someone’s health, what a successful discharge is, why many seniors aren’t prepared to leave the hospital, and how to get seniors to accept the help they need.