The Simple Joy of Caring
Welcome to the Senior Living 2022 edition of West Shore Connect. In this issue, we explore topics related to caregiving as well as some of the health problems people face as they age. At some point in our lives, most of us will be either part-time or full-time caregivers for a spouse, parents, or other family members. In fact, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute, 1 in 5 Americans are currently serving in a caregiver role for a child with special needs or an elderly adult.
Our article on caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease (PD) shares tips for helping even when you can’t be there in person. The most important bit of advice is to get to know the condition better so that you can anticipate some of your loved one’s needs. Another valuable way to help from afar is to simply call your loved one on a regular basis.
It’s important to keep in mind that the caregiver’s mental and physical health can also be challenged while caring for someone with Parkinson’s. Our second article on PD delves into the obstacles faced by the caregiver as a loved one’s condition worsens. Having more than one caregiver, someone who can fill in when the other person is unavailable or simply exhausted, is often helpful though not always feasible.
Our article on brain cancer explores an innovative technology that uses electric fields delivered via adhesive patches to target tumors. Next, we look into one person’s personal struggle against a Desmoid tumor. This aggressive type of tumor is so rare that it hasn’t received the same amount of attention from researchers as more common disorders.
For those struggling with excess weight at any age, former NFL quarterback Dan Marino shares tips for maintaining a healthy diet. He emphasizes keeping your weight loss plan simple and focusing on eating lean protein.
To wrap up on a positive note, our article on helping elderly and sick people care for their pets offers great advice for supporting your neighbors while also enjoying the added bonus of a pet’s unconditional love.
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