Family Caregivers with PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder can be caused by going through any type of emotional upheaval as a result of a dangerous or traumatic event. Some common causes are war, abuse and being the victim of a crime. Some senior citizens suffer from PTSD as a result of a fall or injury that caused them to be
Does It Matter if Seniors Lose Their Sense of Smell?
Sarah, my elderly client, was sitting peacefully in the living room with me one evening. I was reading to her while dinner baked in the oven. Suddenly, I smelled something burning and quickly got up to check on dinner. The book had been so engrossing that I forgot about the chicken and veggies and they
Here’s Why I Don’t Need National Nurses Week
Growing up, I dreamed of many professions, but nursing wasn’t one of them. My great aunt was cared for round the clock by nurses, and they were great women, but I only came to visit for an hour here and there and didn’t really understand what they were doing on a regular basis.
Salute to Dad’s Nurse
It happened about a year ago. I was enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon at home – reading the paper, watching football and playing Monopoly with my daughter. Suddenly, an unidentified number popped up on my cell phone and I found out that my dad was in the hospital with a broken hip.
Why Organ Donation Is Critical
There are currently over 119,000 people in the United States waiting for transplants, but only about 31,000 transplants are performed each year. The waiting list for organ transplants continues to grow, but the number of donors and transplants is growing at a slower rate, leading to 22 people dying each day while waiting for an
Making Easter different this year
When you think of Easter, what are the first things that come to mind? Easter eggs? Bunnies? Spring renewal? Or are you remembering mom in the kitchen, dad hiding eggs and both parents presiding over a family table filled with food and full of laughter?
Stress Awareness for the Elderly
Who hasn’t been stressed at certain points in their lives? Stress is a normal reaction to feeling overwhelmed, overworked or lonely. It’s not the end of the world to feel stressed every once in a while, but chronic stress can have long-term effects. This is especially true of the elderly, for whom stress can have
The Difficult Patient
In my early years as a CHHA, I had a patient who kept trying to push me away. Rose wouldn’t let me help her bathe, brush her hair or walk across the room, although she was clearly struggling to do these things. She was rude to me, or ignored me altogether, and she made my