For people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), every day can feel like a battle. Simple activities of daily life (ADLs), like going for a walk, cooking a meal, or even talking on the phone, can cause extreme discomfort and take the joy out of the simple things.
Tea and toast syndrome sounds quaint, but it is a real condition that can put seniors at risk for malnutrition. A person experiencing tea and toast syndrome will limit their diet due to a variety of reasons including a lack of desire to eat, inability to prepare proper meals, trouble chewing or swallowing, limited funds, or difficulty getting food into the house. It is especially common in those who live alone.
Winter can be an especially isolating time for individuals with dementia and their primary caregiver. The dangers of ice, snow, and cold limit opportunities for time outside and visits to break up the day. Simple crafts are an excellent way to engage with your loved one while staying safe indoors.
In the midst of the current global health crisis, more and more individuals are taking on the role of caregiver in the home. Caregivers assume their responsibilities with love, but many mistake that love for selflessness — at their own risk.
Whether your loved one is facing a serious health crisis or simply living in a long-term care setting, it can be very helpful to have a family caregiver working as an advocate on their behalf. As someone ages or becomes ill, they often have more health issues to discuss. Having a second set of eyes and ears can help avoid misunderstandings and ensure the best of care.