Who Should Wash Their Hands?
Hand washing is especially important during cold and flu season. Careful attention to washing hands throughout the day can prevent your older parent, other family members and yourself from coming down with colds and flu.
“What’s new?” That common conversation starter may work well when you’re catching up with friends or colleagues. However, if you are talking to your loved one with dementia, whose short-term memory is impaired, that simple question can lead to confusion and frustration.
Caregivers know they should take care of themselves. Nearly everyone they meet gives them that advice. But for some caregivers, there never seems to be enough time to eat the right foods, do their exercises, and take their own medications because they are frantically busy from one moment to the next, day after day, focusing on their loved one’s needs. Self-care makes sense to them but seems nearly impossible to achieve.