Most people are aware that Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult for families. But, are you aware of how especially troubling it can be for children and teens when a loved one is diagnosed?
When I was in seventh grade, my grandfather, Robert L. Landis, began showing signs of Alzheimer’s. In the middle of tenth grade, he passed away.
My grandfather was a father figure to me, but my family didn’t know how to talk about his illness and how it impacted us, and we didn’t seek the help of a therapist or medical professional who could have helped us navigate such an emotional and complex family matter. So what I did instead was what any troubled teenager would do: I lashed out. I got into arguments with my grandmother and I started hanging out with the wrong crowds and unsurprisingly, I got myself into a lot of trouble. Eventually, I forgot all about my grandfather and how he raised me.
5 ways to help kids cope
- Talk, talk, talk. Be open and upfront when needed. Answer questions honestly with gentleness and empathy. If you refuse to discuss the disease, it creates a tense environment for all involved.
- Listen, listen, listen. Know when to be quiet and let your child talk. Or not. Just knowing that they can vent to you in a safe environment with no judgement can be cathartic.
- Let them know that the roller coaster of emotions they are experiencing is normal.
- Double-down as a family. Continue doing activities together. The more normal the better, but also be willing to alter your get-togethers and create new activities if it allows the person with Alzheimer’s to participate.
- Encourage journaling. Writing is a good outlet for feelings.
Our appreciation to Keck Medicine of USC for this valuable information. You can access their full article here;
Seniors’ Care Emergency Looms in B.C.
A seniors’ care crisis is looming in B.C. with hundreds of care-aide positions unfilled, particularly in the Interior where the shortage is most acute, care providers say.
Our thanks to the Vancouver Sun for this valuable information.
Read the full article at the link below. A seniors’ care crisis is looming in B.C. with hundreds of care-aide positions unfilled, particularly in the Interior where the shortage is most acute, care providers say.
“It’s an emergency,” said Zander Cook, general manager of Haven Hill Care Centre in Penticton.
Haven Hill has unfilled vacancies for 12 care aides, but no applicants.
“It’s hard to get qualified people,” he said. “Even if we could pay more, there’s no one to pay.”
B.C.’s assessment and registration regime has slowed the flow of care workers from other provinces and countries to a trickle, according to the B.C. Care Providers Association (BCCPA).
About 2,800 more care aides will be needed to fill vacancies over the next five years and care providers are getting desperate, they say.
“It’s residents who suffer when we don’t have enough people, but also the workers wear down,” said Cook. “Our care manager just pulled a double shift and she’s exhausted.”
Seniors’ Guide to Safety
Who is this guide for?
“This guide is for seniors, their family members, care-givers, friends, and anyone else who may find it useful. It is not meant to include everything but tries to answer some common concerns when it comes to seniors’ safety and security. Our goal is to raise awareness of seniors’ safety issues to improve their quality of life.
The information in this guide can also be used to help people and their loved ones discuss this topic to help recognize a potential crime situation and show how to reduce or remove the risk.
We hope that readers will find the information useful.”
Our appreciation to the RCMP. Read the complete article using the link at the end of the post.
Table of Contents
- Elder abuse
- Security in your home
- Away from home
- Safety on the street
- Safety in your vehicle
- Fraud and scams
- Power of Attorney
- Funeral planning
- Programs and services
What is elder abuse?
Each year hundreds of thousands of older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited. Many victims are people who are older, frail, vulnerable and cannot help themselves and depend on others to meet their basic needs. Abusers of older adults are both women and men.
The World Health Organization defines elder abuse as, “Single or repeated acts, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within a relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.”
In general, elder abuse refers to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act of violence, mistreatment or neglect of older adults at the hands of any individuals in situations of power or trust, including: spouses, children, other family members, friends, caregivers and service providers. It can occur in either private residences or facilities.
Elder abuse can take many forms:
- Neglect (by others).
- Physical abuse.
- Sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.
- Psychological and emotional abuse.
- Financial exploitation (stealing or misusing an elderly person’s money or possessions).
- Institutional abuse (overcrowded, substandard and/or unsanitary living environments).
- Violation of rights (restricting liberty and privacy).
- Spiritual abuse (restricted or denied religious and spiritual practices, customs or traditions).
Elder abuse is never acceptable. If you or someone you know is being abused, report it to the police!
Indicators of elder abuse
While one sign does not necessarily indicate abuse, some tell-tale signs there could be a problem are:
- A sudden change in behavior or appearance.
- Unexplained injuries.
- Unexplained changes in financial situation.
- Conflicts between elder and caregiver.
- Lack of basic care (like a clean environment and cleanliness).