Top five most-read posts from 2021
When 2021 began, we were nearly one full year into dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. We were living and interacting as we never had before—masking, social distancing, staying home as much as possible. It was, and remains, challenging—particularly for you as a caregiver. Your situation has been more demanding and stressful than ever before.
Judging by which Caregiver Connection posts you read the most last year, your focus has been on your loved one’s mental health as well as your own, and how to support them as best you can. Here are those top five posts from 2021. We hope that the information and insights they provide will continue to help you in 2022 and beyond.
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that burnout is a real thing—and is something that should be recognized and dealt with. This is especially true in a caregiver situation, for both the provider and receiver of care.
When a loved one’s health declines in “normal” times, family caregivers tend to take on more responsibilities that used to fall to medical professionals. During a public health crisis, however, that’s most likely a given. This post outlines the tasks that are considered complex and guides you on where you can find help.
The forced separations brought on by the pandemic took an emotional toll on many. In fact, it may have caused you examine the state of your loved one’s mental health with a more critical eye. In this post, memory specialist Heather Dobbert shared information about frequently misunderstood aspects of dementia.
If your loved one is living with dementia, they may perceive their surroundings differently—pandemic or no pandemic. Their perceptions can trigger behaviors that you may sometimes find difficult to interpret. In this post (one of a series), a Fallon Health memory specialist/behavioral health case manager provides insights into understanding how your loved one sees their environment, which can help in how you respond to their behavior.
There are many myths surrounding dementia, as well a fear, shame and stereotypes. This post emphasizes the importance of talking about it openly, which can help reduce the misconceptions.