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Sick Carousel: Caring for someone with bipolar disorder

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 16:42

Caring for someone with bipolar disorder is like a merry-go-round. But this is another wheel. Not a merry-go-round that travels fast, and with a calliope for music, and prizes. No, it is not that kind of a merry-go-round; although the people are waiting, there are no prizes, and no one would choose to ride this wheel. This is like a wheel that goes up and around. It is a vast wheel, set at an angle, and each time it goes around and then is back to where it starts. One side is higher than the other and the sweep it makes lifts you back and down to where you started. You ride it each time and make the turn with no intention ever to have mounted. There is only one turn; one large, elliptical, rising and falling turn and you are back where you started.

Dazed and Confused:Caring for someone with a concussion

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 10:58

concussionCaring for someone with a concussion, especially a child, is a very serious matter. It’s not something one can walk off, even if one can walk after it. As a matter of fact, one does not have to get knocked to hard out in order for there to be a concussion – though that is a possibility. Any bump, jolt, or blow, even a mild one, to the head, face or neck can cause the brain to bounce back and forth off the inner walls of the skull. Similarly, having one’s head violently shaking – for example in a car crash or a Cannibal Corpse show – can cause the head to suddenly accelerate or decelerate and lead to traumatic brain injury as well.

A day in the life of an Alzheimer’s caregiver in 8 parts

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 10:46

Alz caregiver in 8 partsA caregiver puts on his or her pants one leg at a time like anyone else. The difference is they have to help a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease put their pants on one leg at a time as well, among several other daily chores. If you’re new to it, though, it may help you to know that your day may go a little something like this:

Looking out for #1: 10 self-care tips for caregivers

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 10:12

tips for caregiver careRobocop had a classified Fourth Directive, and caregivers also have a tacit number one rule, which is to take good care of themselves first and foremost so that they can take good care of a loved one with dementia or any other debilitating condition. There is nothing selfish about putting your own needs ahead and following this Decalog of advice.

And I guess that’s why they call it the caregiver blues

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 11:41

And I guess that’s why they call it the caregiver bluesHaving a close relative with dementia is enough to get you down, but it’s important to clearly distinguish between normal – even healthy – levels of grief and the symptoms of depression – which caregivers are especially prone to.

How not to be a frustrated dementia caregiver

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 09:52

How not to be a frustrated dementia caregiverA frustrated caregiver is not one who didn’t really want to be a caregiver but actually wanted to be a lumberjack. A frustrated caregiver is one who has succumbed to the stress of caring for a loved one, especially when dementia is involved, which can turn the simplest of everyday activities into a Sisyphus’s curse. Frustration is bad enough for a caregiver to experience, but it can be even worse if they take it out on the person with dementia, either verbally or physically. Frustration often arises from the feeling of powerlessness to change a given situation, for instance the behavior of the person with dementia. However, you can learn to recognize the signs and negative patterns of frustration and change how you react to them.

Values for caregiving

Submitted by Alberto Chaves on 09:57

CaregivingWhen preparing to take on the role of becoming a caregiver, some by choice others by unavoidable circumstances, we have to face the facts that it is a task that will demand a great effort in many aspects of our lives. Besides of having certain knowledge of how to deal with certain situations, we must also have the physical capability of being able to perform the duties that comes with the role. However, there is an aspect that should and must be worked on by caregivers constantly: their character.

13 Safety Tips for caring for a Person with Dementia

Submitted by Alberto Chaves on 16:09

13 Safety Tips for caring for a Person with DementiaWhen caring for a loved one with dementia, necessary precautions need to be taken in order to accommodate them better and to make sure that they are kept safe. Dementia is a condition that progresses over time and being prepared to keep everything in order for peace of mind is fundamental. Caregiving for a person with dementia is not limited to assisting on daily tasks, it goes beyond that and making sure a safety environment is provided for them.

9 tips to deal with Alzheimer’s disease ambiguous loss

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 16:25

9 0tips to deal with Alzheimers disease ambiguous lossResearcher Pauline Boss coined the term ‘ambiguous loss’ in 1977 and defined it as a type of loss that offers no closure and leaves the person with more questions than answers, thus hindering the grieving process. There are two kinds of ambiguous loss; physical and psychological. Physical ambiguous loss is the type that Penelope and Telemachus must have experienced during Ulysses’s 20 year absence from home, during which he was thought to be dead but there was always the remotest chance that he might come back. In that case, the person is not there physically but is still remembered psychologically by those left behind. Conversely, psychological ambiguous loss what people who care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease may experience. The person remains there in the flesh but their minds are going or have already been long gone. The following tips may help caregivers cope with psychological ambiguous loss.

The loneliness of the long distance dementia caregiver

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 18:05

The loneliness of the long distance dementia caregiverCaregivers are number one, as far as we’re concerned. Unfortunately, one is the loneliest number; even when adding the care receiver to the equation – let’s just say that sometimes two can be just as bad as one. Often there is a divide between caregivers and society at large – enforced by either the former or the latter and sometimes both. Moreover, spending all of your waking hours with someone who is a loved one but who doesn’t recognize you anymore – someone who in the best of cases ignores you and at worst, in the words of Lou Reed, someone who actively despises you (who actively despises you) – can be hell on your own mental health. Next thing you know, somebody’s having rat for dinner.


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