The Emotional Toll of Caregiving: Navigating Anger, Sadness, and Frustration

On November 9, 2023, Catherine Pearson’s article entitled The Quiet Rage of Caregivers was published in the New York Times. This timely article shared the stories of several families facing anger and rage over the many losses associated with caring for an aging loved one. Being a caregiver is an act of love and dedication, but it’s not without its emotional toll.

Caution: Unexpected Changes Coming for Your Aging Parents

If it’s been a while since you last saw your parents, or spent a significant amount of time with them, there may be changes you notice that are alarming to you. Some changes are a normal part of aging, but others can be indications of something more serious like dementia or other health concerns. During the holidays, it is a good idea to proactively look for warning signs or changes in your aging parents, and seek out extra help.

Music Helps Face Memory and Cognitive Challenges

Music, whether played or simply listened to, can help stimulate seniors by evoking powerful memories or emotions for the aging adult. For seniors with memory issues or dementia, music has the ability to bring back memories, and can help improve cognitive function and slow age-related decline.

Legal Issues Affecting Seniors

As you or your loved ones age, it’s necessary to make plans for the future to ensure that your wants and needs are met. As everyone’s needs are different, working with trusted professionals who have experience in aging and it’s associated concerns to help you organize these plans for your future.

Common Symptoms of Dementia

Dementia is not a disease, but the general term for a loss of cognitive functioning, such as memory, problem-solving, and language, to the extent that it becomes a hinderance to daily life. Since dementia is a progressive condition, the severity of its symptoms often start small and increase over time. Everyone will experience different symptoms as a result of dementia, however there are some signs and symptoms that are common. If you recognize any of these symptoms in your aging loved one, it’s important to get them help.