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One of the "joys" of all the various Sandwich Generation issues we deal with can include dealing with bowel movement problems in both our young children or grandchildren as well as our elderly parents. Bob DeMarco of the Alzheimer's Reading Room has written an excellent article, Alzheimer's and the Dreaded Bowel Movement, that I wanted to make sure you got to see. At his blog, he regularly talks about his journey as a senior home care giver for his mother, as they daily deal with her dementia symptoms caused by Alzheimer's Disease. This particular article, as you may guess, talks about their struggles to help her with her bowel movement problems.
I was especially intrigued with his comment that, "In this case I married pattern of behavior, with some singing (music), and a good positive attitude. Throw in some good solid positive reinforcement and some good communication and you get a solution to a problem." Singing to my grandchildren, along with using words of encouragement, is something I love to do, especially when they are upset, in pain, or scared. I was very happy to hear that can work well when caring our elderly parents as well.
As difficult as this subject is, it is one of the many tough issues facing today's Baby Boomers Generation taking care of elderly parents, particularly those with dementia symptoms. Bob has done an excellent job discussing it in an interesting way and giving us some options that might help us as well, if that is the season of life we are dealing with.
Along those same lines, this article reminded me of a post I wrote some time back that would also be useful for those dealng with bowel movement problems, from irregular bowel movements to complete loss of bladder or bowel control. Severe adult diaper rash can often accompany those particular issues. There are some good options to help you deal with this and I wrote about it in Diaper Rash Creams Aren't All Created Equal. You'll find my grandchild's tied results for the best diaper rash cream (depending on how severe his rash is) and it can work well on a severe adult diaper rash as well. (Of course, it's always best to doublecheck any changes with your doctor first. 🙂 )
Regarding one of the great options my grandchild uses, I must add that I was quite pleased to learn from one of my Facebook and Twitter friends, Dale Carter from Transition Aging Parents, "Calmoseptine Ointment company was at Aging in America conference. I brought samples back for my colleagues here in South Bend. Sounds like an excellent product." It also sounds like they are a concerned and proactive organization which I appreciate when it comes to caring for my elderly parents and my grandchildren!
Adult incontinence and severe diaper rash aren't fun topics to write about and they're even less fun when you have to deal with them. On the other hand, if or when you, as a member of the Baby Boomers and Sandwich Generation, caring for elderly parents, have to deal with these issues, the tips from Alzheimer's Reading Room can be a big help, as will the diaper cream and ointment info here at SandwichINK.