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Caregiver Stress and Burnout: Signs and Tips

April 18, 2019

There is a difference between stress and burnout.

Stress usually involves feeling under pressure when the demands of a situation require too much emotional and physical energy. Under stress, a person may try to gain more control so that things will get better.

Burnout, on the other hand, happens when a person reaches a point where they have nothing left to give. They often feel mentally and physically exhausted to the point where they are beyond caring. It often feels that there is no end in sight to their situation.

To avoid reaching a breaking point, the important thing is to lower your stress and avoid caregiver burnout altogether.

Signs of stress and burnout

Exploration of the Senses

Providing families tools for interactions with loved ones

January 9, 2019

Communication is a fundamental aspect of human relationships and the way we connect with others. All too often that communication breaks down as loved-ones age and develop disabilities. Although communication disorders affect people of all ages, the prevalence and complexity of these conditions increase with age and the onset of conditions that cause cognitive decline, including stroke and dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease.

I recently spoke to Jana Galvin, Community Life Leader at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. She and her team of life-enhancement experts offer tools that stimulate the senses, which in turn, enhance communication and maintain, or strengthen ties with loved-ones. Here are their tips.

 

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

November 15, 2018

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
Are you worried about Alzheimer’s disease? Its effects on you or your loved ones? And what about dementia? That’s a pretty scary term, too.
 

Spicing up Visits with Elderly Loved Ones

October 3, 2018

Spicing up Visits with Elderly Loved Ones

So many of us grapple with what to say and do with an elderly loved one when visiting. Memory and cognitive impairment can be additionally challenging. My advice is paradoxical – get creative and keep it simple. Here are a few ideas to consider when planning your visit.

Art-on-the-Brain Brings the Museum Home

An innovative mobile app that brings meaningful activity to those who struggle to travel.

May 17, 2018

technology for seniors

It’s no secret that getting out and about can become harder with age, especially for seniors with complex health conditions. But this doesn’t mean that meaningful recreation has to go out the window. At Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC), staff from Life Enhancement, Nursing, IT, and the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) have come together with volunteers and family members to help launch a creative solution to this dilemma.

An Alzheimer’s Diagnosis and the Importance of Family Support

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia affects the entire family

January 31, 2018

Getting the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease today is much like what getting a cancer diagnosis used to be for some people: devastating, often debilitating, and leaving one not knowing who to tell or where to turn. Years ago when I was a nurse, some patients didn’t want their families to know they had cancer. While cancer patients have gotten braver about their need for support and advocating for treatments and cures, many individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease still fear the stigma…and the confusion over what to do next.

When Hospice is the Right Choice

January 18, 2018

When Hospice is the Right Choice

Hospice care provides comfort and improves quality of life for many patients, but it is still underutilized even though the Medicare hospice benefit has been available to qualified patients since the early 1980s.

I recently sat down to a frank conversation with the Spiritual Director of Hebrew SeniorLife's Hospice Care, Rabbi Amy Goodman about the state of hospice care.

Do you think patients and their families are becoming more comfortable with choosing hospice care at end of life?

Living with Dementia: Anne’s Indelible Spirit

November 30, 2017

Anne is a memory care patient in long-term chronic care at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Roslindale. To learn more about our memory care offerings, please click here.

Families personally affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia are robbed of many things others take for granted, but though speech and other faculties may decline, a person’s light and spirit are indelible. Now living with advanced dementia, Anne radiates kindness and warmth and is a valued member of our community. See her story. 

Aging Safely at Home

An expert explains how seniors can safely age in place

November 1, 2017

Given the choice, older adults prefer to remain in their own homes as they age. However, changes in health and functional status can often put a senior at risk. A home safety evaluation is a good place to start to help ensure that the home environment is comfortable, secure and safe where seniors can age in place safely. I spoke with Heather Margulis, Associate Director, Rehabilitation Services for Hebrew SeniorLife, to learn more about in-home safety and what to expect from a home safety evaluation.

Q. What triggers a home safety evaluation?

5 Questions for a Long-Term Chronic Care Hospital Visit

If you’re planning to visit long-term chronic care with or for a loved one, here’s what our experts say you should ask

July 26, 2017

Music therapy at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Visiting a long-term chronic care hospital is always a good idea. Daily activities and group programming are some of the first things family members ask about when exploring long-term chronic care at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston or Dedham, MA. They want to know how their loved one will spend his or her days. On tours, visitors can explore the amenities available and witness seniors and staff engage. They can join patients taking part in group activities, including exercise programs, creative arts, expressive therapies, and discussion groups.

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