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Virtual Dementia Tour Ireland

A Look Back at The Virtual Dementia Tour from Right at Home

Last month, Right at Home brought the Virtual Dementia Tour to five locations across Ireland as part of Carers Week 2019.

Support for the Care Giver

Engaging outside help, such as in-home care, creates a much better emotional climate and a more normal relationship among the generations

Take Care to Give Care

Caregiving can be physically taxing—and for many caregivers, the emotional burdens are even greater. Though providing care for an elderly or disabled loved one can offer many emotional benefits, caregivers struggle with time pressure, financial challenges and their work-family balance. And they unwittingly create even more stress for themselves if they succumb to an all-too-common trap: caregiver guilt.

Difficult Conversations - Giving Up the Car

An elderly loved one may resist when a family member raises concerns about his or her driving because he or she wants to remain independent as long as possible. For an elderly driver, surrendering the car keys signifies a lifestyle change, affecting where the senior lives, who he or she sees and which activities he or she pursues. A senior may feel devastated and afraid of losing control and autonomy. Therefore, it’s important to consider his or her viewpoint and understand his or her concerns about handing over the keys.

Today's Challenges with Care of Our Parents

Our longer lifespan. A century ago, the average life expectancy was around 50 years. Today, the average is 78.8 years—which means that plenty of us will live into our 90s and even achieve centenarian status. But experts tell us that these bonus years may be marked by poor health and disability. It's increasingly likely that if we find ourselves needing care at age 75, we still might be caring for an elderly parent.

Identity Theft and the Elderly

The theft of your elderly loved one’s identity can result in substantial financial losses and unnecessary stress. Identity fraud occurs when an imposter steals confidential information such as credit card and bank account details. Once this information is obtained a fraudster can obtain credit, services or goods in the name of your loved one. This year in the UK, Experian (the leading global information services company) reported a rise of nearly 2% in the first six months of 2015 - compared to the previous year - in fraudsters targeting elderly people, particularly men.

Easing the Burden of Family Carers

Approximately 274,000 family carers throughout Ireland offer home care to their ill, disabled or aging spouse, but often at the risk of stress-related conditions including anxiety, depression, headaches, backaches and sleep deprivation. Eventually, care for an ailing loved one can lead to burnout in which the carer is depleted physically, mentally and emotionally.

Improving Sleep for Family Carers

When adequate sleep becomes a nightly struggle it drains energy and can drastically affect a person’s health, mood and daily functioning. Sleep deprivation is common among family caregivers because of the physical and emotional stress of caring for another, often while maintaining the responsibilities of children, work and home.

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