It’s getting warmer!

I love summertime, hot weather and sunny skies lifts my spirits and I enjoy spending time outdoors.

With seniors we need to be extra vigilant about keeping them hydrated.  Seniors are at a higher risk for heat exhaustion or heat stroke.  The featured image for this post is a handy chart to recognize the signs and symptoms of these conditions.

If you notice any symptoms, please get your loved one immediate medical attention!

I want to be a part of the solution

There are so many misconceptions about dementia, so much pain in the diagnosis and heartache for caregivers trying their best.  I’ve experienced this personally with my dad and grandpa.  I see it daily when working with my clients and their families.  I see it when I am out and around in public.

My goals are simple here.  I want to offer encouragement to caregivers and families.  I want to be a source of information.  I want to be a resource for someone with questions.

I will keep plugging away at my blog and hope to reach more people every day.  I have a request for all of those who already see these posts:

Let’s talk about sex …

Oh yes I did … I said it … sex.

It’s a part of our lives, a basic drive from the time we hit puberty.  Here’s the kicker – it never really goes away.  As we get older the drive and desire may wane, but it never completely stops.

As adults we learn how to behave in society (mostly).  Part of behaving in society includes keeping certain behaviors and actions behind closed doors – especially anything to do with sex.

People suffering from dementia will lose the inhibitions ingrained within us by society as to what behavior is appropriate or not appropriate.

Your loved one may start undressing in public.  They may start trying to touch other people inappropriately.  They may start pleasuring themselves in front of God and everybody.

This isn’t an attempt to embarrass you, nor are they turning into a sex fiend.   The part of their brain that says, ‘Stop, this isn’t the place or time or person for these actions!’ has ceased to function.

When these behaviors manifest don’t yell at your loved one.  Don’t shame them by telling them they’re bad and nasty.  Don’t freak out.  Calmly distract them from what they are doing.  Offer them a snack.  Ask them if they’re too warm (if they’ve removed clothing).  Get them involved with a favorite activity.  Start playing some music for them.  Offer a favorite drink.

If you can, let them have some space and privacy to be.

Choice …

This is an interesting experiment on the power of giving seniors influence on a part of their living environment.  Allowing them to feel their input is valued and encouraged. Apathy and depression often come hand in hand with nursing home residency.

While I have no way of knowing for certain, I suspect none of the seniors involved in this project were dementia patients, they were simply people who’d grown apathetic and depressed because they no longer had any influence on their own lives.

I like the idea … see what you think and let me know!

Choices …