Monthly Archives: August 2017

Healthy Hobbies for Older Adults

We all know intrinsically that some of our favorite things to do aren’t that good for us. If some of your favorite pastimes leave you feeling a little dull around the edges, perhaps it’s time to find some new hobbies.

9 Treatable Conditions that Mimic Alzheimer’s Disease

Not all forms of dementia are caused by Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, there are plenty of conditions that mimic Alzheimer’s—well enough to stump doctors, in some cases. While it’s never good news when symptoms include memory loss, personality changes, and confusion, there is some hope. Many of the conditions that mimic Alzheimer’s disease are treatable […]

Caregiver: More Than Being Tired

You’ve likely been on an airplane and heard the flight attendant say, “Fasten your safety belts, and in case of emergency, apply the oxygen mask to yourself first before assisting others.” I often wondered about that last part. As a nurse, aren’t I supposed to help others before helping myself? It got me thinking about nurses as a […]

Symptoms of Caregiver Burnout

Thirty one percent of the adult population age 20 to 75 provide informal care to a family member or friend who is ill or disabled. Burnout can result from the physical and emotional challenges associated with being a caregiver. While family caregivers give of themselves out of love, there are real physical, emotional and financial costs associated with caregiving. As […]

Fighting Caregiver Fatigue

Caregiver fatigue cannot be understated. According to Webster’s dictionary, fatigue means “physical or mental exhaustion; weariness.”  Spouses, adult children and family members alike are susceptible to caregiver fatigue whether they are providing care twenty-four hours a day or caregiving from a distance. The sandwich generation faces particular challenges as they attempt to provide care to […]