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How caregivers can deal with behavioral changes of loved ones with dementia

By Hook Law Center

There is ample research to suggest that family caregivers are more distressed by behavioral problems and changes in the personality of their loved ones than by their physical disabilities. For instance, while it may prove challenging for family members to physically pick up the body of a loved one who has suffered a stroke and has physical limitations, matters are made even more difficult if the loved one is resisting the caregivers’ offers to help, or accusing them of mistreating him or her, due to dementia.

In order to support their endeavors to care for loved ones, caregivers need and deserve recognition and appreciation. However, loved ones who are beset by cognitive and behavioral problems are frequently lacking in the ability to express their gratitude.

There are methods that family caregivers can apply in order to handle their loved ones’ conduct more effectively. Individuals with cognitive and behavioral issues frequently have sensitivity to such stimuli as environmental changes, such as light, noise, temperature and social activity. Become familiar with your family members’ triggers, and take steps to avoid placing them under any undue stress, thus reducing the likelihood that they will become upset.

Because people with behavioral and cognitive problems have a higher sensitivity to anger on the part of caregivers, it is imperative that you maintain your composure when communicating with them. Your capacity to remain calm will have a soothing effect on them. It is also recommended that you take your family member to the doctor on a regular basis for medical evaluations to treat all potential causes of changes in behavior.

Finally, remember that caregivers need care too. Since caring for family members with difficult behaviors can be stressful, it is important for you to have others assume your role periodically in order to give yourself a much-needed break.

Posted on Tuesday, December 29th, 2015. Filed under Long-Term Care, Senior Law News.

Financial elder abuse may be fastest growing type of crime in U.S.

By Hook Law Center

Financial elder abuse has been described as the fastest growing type of crime in the U.S. To avoid having this happen with your senior loved one, it is important to be aware of the dangers.

A study conducted by the Journal of General Internal Medicine revealed that 60 percent of the Adult Protective Services (APS) cases concerning financial abuse across the country involved an adult child of the elderly individual. Sadly, a considerable amount of financial abuse is carried out by family members under various pretenses or justifications.

The majority of the victims of financial elder abuse range in age from 80 to 89, live alone and are attempting to keep their independence. While women are twice as likely to be victimized as men, elderly men also suffer abuse. The generation prior to the baby boomers is living longer, in large part due to advances in medical science. As a result, they are more reliant on caregivers.

Unfortunately, many such crimes are often unreported because the elderly person is too embarrassed or afraid. The senior may also be afraid of being alone. However, the depletion of their savings can result in a serious threat to seniors’ health and well-being.

According to a study carried out by MetLife, the cost of financial elder abuse is estimated to be approximately $2.9 billion annually, and is increasing. Financial elder abuse is receiving more attention than it has in the past, and in 2014 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) distributed a guide to help the staff at assisted living and nursing facilities provide better protection for those in their care by thwarting and focusing on financial abuse. The guide offers assistance to staff in noticing and reporting financial abuse committed by relatives or other persons who manage the senior’s finances.

Posted on Monday, December 21st, 2015. Filed under Long-Term Care, Senior Law News.

How caregivers can deal with behavioral changes of loved ones with dementia

By Hook Law Center

There is ample research to suggest that family caregivers are more distressed by behavioral problems and changes in the personality of their loved ones than by their physical disabilities. For instance, while it may prove challenging for family members to physically pick up the body of a loved one who has suffered a stroke and has physical limitations, matters are made even more difficult if the loved one is resisting the caregivers’ offers to help, or accusing them of mistreating him or her, due to dementia.

In order to support their endeavors to care for loved ones, caregivers need and deserve recognition and appreciation. However, loved ones who are beset by cognitive and behavioral problems are frequently lacking in the ability to express their gratitude.

There are methods that family caregivers can apply in order to handle their loved ones’ conduct more effectively. Individuals with cognitive and behavioral issues frequently have sensitivity to such stimuli as environmental changes, such as light, noise, temperature and social activity. Become familiar with your family members’ triggers, and take steps to avoid placing them under any undue stress, thus reducing the likelihood that they will become upset.

Because people with behavioral and cognitive problems have a higher sensitivity to anger on the part of caregivers, it is imperative that you maintain your composure when communicating with them. Your capacity to remain calm will have a soothing effect on them. It is also recommended that you take your family member to the doctor on a regular basis for medical evaluations to treat all potential causes of changes in behavior.

Finally, remember that caregivers need care too. Since caring for family members with difficult behaviors can be stressful, it is important for you to have others assume your role periodically in order to give yourself a much-needed break.

Posted on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015. Filed under Long-Term Care, Senior Law News.

Financial elder abuse may be fastest growing type of crime in U.S.

By Hook Law Center

Financial elder abuse has been described as the fastest growing type of crime in the U.S. To avoid having this happen with your senior loved one, it is important to be aware of the dangers.

A study conducted by the Journal of General Internal Medicine revealed that 60 percent of the Adult Protective Services (APS) cases concerning financial abuse across the country involved an adult child of the elderly individual. Sadly, a considerable amount of financial abuse is carried out by family members under various pretenses or justifications.

The majority of the victims of financial elder abuse range in age from 80 to 89, live alone and are attempting to keep their independence. While women are twice as likely to be victimized as men, elderly men also suffer abuse. The generation prior to the baby boomers is living longer, in large part due to advances in medical science. As a result, they are more reliant on caregivers.

Unfortunately, many such crimes are often unreported because the elderly person is too embarrassed or afraid. The senior may also be afraid of being alone. However, the depletion of their savings can result in a serious threat to seniors’ health and well-being.

According to a study carried out by MetLife, the cost of financial elder abuse is estimated to be approximately $2.9 billion annually, and is increasing. Financial elder abuse is receiving more attention than it has in the past, and in 2014 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) distributed a guide to help the staff at assisted living and nursing facilities provide better protection for those in their care by thwarting and focusing on financial abuse. The guide offers assistance to staff in noticing and reporting financial abuse committed by relatives or other persons who manage the senior’s finances.

Posted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015. Filed under Senior Law News.
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