CareZare Must Read Roundup for December 11, 2017

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Caring for a loved one can be a tough and lonely experience. Our goal at CareZare is to bring the caregiver community together. Every other week, we’re sharing some of our favorite reads around caregiving. Our goal is to inspire you, lift you up and share new ideas or strategies. Enjoy!

Aging in Place Tech to Support Caregiving Efforts: From activity-based sensors and emergency pendants to medication reminders & dispensers, video cameras and more, there are a variety of ‘aging in place’ technological gadgets that can help to ensure that your loved one is safe within the confines of his or her home when you’re unable to be physically present. What do you currently use to help provide peace of mind when it comes to the safety of your aging loved one?

Dementia from the Inside: As a caregiver, it can be difficult to spend time with an aging loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s or dementia without truly understanding what they’re experiencing on a daily basis. This helpful video aims to depict what it might feel like to live with dementia by showing, from the perspective of one woman, what it’s like to find yourself in a world that seems familiar but that may not always make sense.

Creating a Mission Statement for Your Care Team: The caregiving process can be a rabbit hole, especially at the beginning. When faced with the overwhelming learning curve of becoming a caregiver for a loved one, it's often difficult to know where to start. For the logistics of this process, we highly recommend you check out our post on building a care team. But one simple thing we have found enormously helpful in the caregiving process is to have a mission statement. The value of a mission statement is that it unifies everyone involved around a single purpose.

Holidays & Alzheimer’s Families: Celebrating the holiday season while caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s doesn’t have to induce higher levels of stress. The Alzheimer’s Association describes how you can adjust your expectations and seamlessly familiarize others with the situation while making sure that your loved one with Alzheimer’s is involved in your annual traditions.

How To Feel Empowered as a Caregiver: With the holidays in full swing, it can be challenging to manage life’s daily stresses that seem to only enhance due to the busy nature of this time of year. Learn more about how you can leverage the options & resources within your reach to remain in control of your life throughout this joyful yet demanding season through the AARP.

You’re Not Alone in the Caregiving Community: There are over 5.5 million people living with Alzheimer’s. Each one of them has some type of caregiver or support team. This holiday season, may you find comfort in the stories of three individuals who tirelessly cared for their aging loved ones living with Alzheimer’s as recounted on Parade.com.

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