March 14, 2012 |
A yoga meditation program could reduce depression symptoms and boost mental health, a study finds, and that's not all - it may also show benefits at the cellular level. The study, published recently in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry , involved 49 caregivers ranging in age from 45 to 91 who were taking care of family members with dementia. Caregivers are at risk for high stress levels, often with no outlet or relief, which can lead to health problems. The participants were randomly assigned to two programs: Kundalini yoga Kirtan Kriya meditation or passive relaxation with instrumental music.
March 13, 2012 |
My 82-year-old mother has been accusing family members of spying on her, listening in on her phone conversations and entering her home when she's not there, among other things, off and on for about 10 years. She told her doctor she won't talk with us. Is there anything we can do? Are there resources and/or free counseling services to help us work out issues with our mom so we can talk with her doctor? You can try to contact your mom's doctor to discuss her condition, particularly given that you're concerned she may be suffering from dementia and unable to properly care for herself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2011 |
The first sentence in Dean Takahashi's e-mail was a relief. "Those stories were hard for me to read," he wrote, "but I thought you handled them well. " Then he gave me pause. "I wish you had more room to describe my brother. " Dean had a point. He'd just read my recent two-part series that looked at the state's first prison hospice. There, dying killers, rapists and thieves are graced with a profound compassion, much of it coming from a group of murderers who live in other parts of the prison and have been trained as caregivers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2011 |
Five disabled residents of a care facility in the Monterey County city of Marina died in a fire late Saturday night, authorities said Sunday. The two caregivers escaped from the single-story house, said Lt. Rick Janicki of the Marina Police Department. They were treated for smoke inhalation, as were three police officers and a firefighter. A sixth disabled resident also got out, but remained hospitalized late Sunday afternoon, Janicki said. It does not appear that anybody else lived there, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2011 |
State health officials are circulating a plan they say will help keep about 35,000 elderly and disabled Californians out of institutionalized care when Medi-Cal stops offering an adult day healthcare benefit in December. The plan released late Friday relies primarily on Medi-Cal managed care plans to find alternatives for beneficiaries, including additional hours of in-home supportive services, physical and occupational therapy, and social services. But care providers say the approach could fail because appropriate alternatives aren't always available and families would be forced to shuttle patients around town to obtain the services now offered at more than 300 adult day healthcare centers.
HOME & GARDEN
July 9, 2011
Here are some places to look for advice about hiring a person to help care for parents. AARP caregiving assistance . Articles, tools and discussions. Specific information about hiring can be found at AARP's Caregiving Resource Center's pages for: -- Home care workers -- In-home care providers -- How to hire urgently needed in-home care Alzheimers Assn. offers assistance 24 hours a day at its helpline, (800) 272-3900, providing brochures and information in several languages.
HOME & GARDEN
July 9, 2011 |
My friend's phone call numbed me. Twice in the last week, she said, she'd seen my mother sitting in a car in a neighborhood near her home. "Today she was there for more than two hours in the heat," she added. My stomach churned. Mom suffered from dementia; she could no longer drive, or even speak coherently most of the time. She hadn't gotten to the area my friend was talking about on her own. It had to be Ann, her caregiver, who had been "taking her to the park" almost daily.
May 19, 2011 |
HONOLULU -- Home-based caregivers of ill or elderly family members are under enormous physical and mental stress, but daily meditative yoga may be a simple, effective strategy for maintaining health, according to a study presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Assn . UCLA researchers Helen Lavretsky and Michael Irwin conducted an eight-week, randomized trial on the effects of meditation exercise on 49 people who...
May 16, 2011 |
HONOLULU -- With the first of the baby boomers turning 65 this year, the nation should brace itself for a growing number of older people with dementia and other types of mental illnesses, psychiatrists reported Monday at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Assn. It's not that mental illness is becoming more common in older people. The problem is that 20% of the U.S. population will be 65 and older by 2030 -- an increase from about 12% now. Life expectancy is also increasing, so people are living more years with dementia and other types of mental illnesses that can cause aggressive behaviors, delusions, wandering from homes or care facilities and other problematic behavior.