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An older adult getting some shut eye

Coping with an Older Loved One’s Sleep Issues

While chronic health conditions and medication interactions may also affect the sleep patterns of older adults, living under the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic has further added to these challenges. Activities and finances have been disrupted, isolation has made people feel depressed, many are less physically and mentally active, fears around health and contact with others dominate public thinking and uncertainty has filled every aspect of daily living.

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By Lisa Weitzman | 11/16/2020

Hayes, J. (2020, August 12). Make Sure Your Loved One’s Diet is Healthy Despite Covid-19 Challenges. Guideposts. https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/advice-for-caregivers/make-sure-your-loved-ones-diet-is-healthy-despite-covid-19-challenges

Hayes, J. (2020, June 9). How to Make Sure Your Loved One Has Essentials During the Pandemic. Guideposts. https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/advice-for-caregivers/how-to-make-sure-your-loved-one-has-essentials-during-the-pandemic

A caregiver relaxing under a blanket with a book and cup of tea

How to Find Respite as a Caregiver During COVID-19

Carving out time in our day dedicated to ourselves with no outside distractions is challenging enough during the best of times. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these distractions are coming from inside—and with ‘inside’ being the safest location to be, it may feel next to impossible to get away from them. Those who are sandwich generation caregivers may be juggling work tasks with 24/7 parenting and managing the care of an older loved one, leaving no moments of the day set aside for personal time and self-care. For others, loved ones may need more frequent support if their adult day programming or senior center activities are still canceled or reduced. Or, many of us may simply be struggling to find avenues of self-care and respite when the relaxing activities we previously enjoyed—going to the spa, scheduling a vacation—may not be as simple as they once were.

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By Julie Hayes | 09/14/2020

An older adult holding onto a grab bar in a bathroom

Bathroom Safety for a Loved One with Late Stage Dementia

These days, about 80 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) stay in their own homes with the support of family and friend caregivers rather than move to long-term care facilities. While aging in place can provide a loved one with a familiar, comforting space, it can also lead to challenges related to the safety of the home environment. Things around the house like stairwells, area rugs, medicine cabinets and knife blocks that were once a normal part of a loved one’s living space may now present new dangers with ADRD.

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09/14/2020