The stomach is a hard-working organ that most people ignore until they suffer a painful bout of that uncomfortable, unpleasant condition known as heartburn – also called gastro-esophageal reflux disease or GERD for short. It is one of the most common – and unpleasant -- digestive disorders of older people.
Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease comes with daily challenges and disruptions, and those have only increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to the risk of infection, contact with your loved one may now be off-limits or severely restricted. Caregivers probably need to wear masks, which may be confusing to someone with Alzheimer's. And, if your loved one gets sick, how do you deal with a doctor's office visit?
Being a primary caregiver for a family member who lives in a different city or state can feel like a full-time job, complete with its own set of stressors and related emotions.
“I think (family) caregivers can be disappointed at times,” said Vicki Williford, a chronic care nurse in Greensboro, North Carolina. “The home health nurse comes and goes, and the caregiver still has another 23 hours to go.”