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After Visits, Family Wonder About Alzheimer’s Disease

The holidays are over and everything is getting back to normal – except, in the back of your mind, linger some nagging worries concerning one of the elderly relatives you visited. You wonder if this loved one could be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Maybe you’ve shared your concerns with other family members, but no one’s quite sure what to do. They don’t want to offend the relative – and memory changes are normal as we age, aren’t they? […]

By |February 15th, 2017|Alzheimer’s|Comments Off on After Visits, Family Wonder About Alzheimer’s Disease

Understanding the Changes of Alzheimer’s Disease

While many people think of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia as primarily affecting person’s memory and thinking, family who are providing care for these loved ones quickly realize that one of the greatest challenges is the behavior changes that can occur as the disease progresses. It’s difficult, for instance, to not take a sudden act of aggression or hostility personally. […]

By |January 4th, 2017|Alzheimer’s, Dementia|Comments Off on Understanding the Changes of Alzheimer’s Disease

“Mom, You Forgot to Pay the Gas Bill….”

An expert says a decline in financial management skills might be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease, and family may need to step in. What’s the most challenging topic to discuss with older loved ones? Family caregivers often name end-of-life wishes, driving safety and incontinence as tough-to-talk-about subjects—but according to many experts, money management is right at the top of the list. Most older adults view taking care of their financial affairs as a private matter, and pride themselves on doing a good job of it. Yet, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, seniors may have cognitive challenges that make it hard to keep track of money matters and could make them vulnerable to scam artists and financial elder abuse. […]

By |September 21st, 2016|Alzheimer’s|Comments Off on “Mom, You Forgot to Pay the Gas Bill….”

Pain Often Untreated in Seniors With Dementia

Older adults are apt to suffer from a variety of painful health conditions, including arthritis, osteoporosis, urinary tract infections, diabetic neuropathy, tooth problems, constipation and many others. It’s important to address this discomfort and work with the person’s healthcare provider to arrive at the most effective treatment for pain. Treatments might include medication, exercise and managing conditions that cause the pain. But when a person also has Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, it can be very challenging to realize that the person is in pain, and what is causing the pain. As Alzheimer’s and other dementias progress, patients lose the ability to communicate what they are feeling. Consequently, they may express pain in ways that aren’t readily understood by family or even by medical personnel—and their pain may go untreated. […]

By |June 8th, 2016|Dementia|Comments Off on Pain Often Untreated in Seniors With Dementia
  • Improve Your Memory

Improve Your Memory By Spring Cleaning Your Mind

Those little memory lapses we experience as we grow older can worry us. We’re introduced to someone but promptly forget their name. We look all over the place for our reading glasses, only to realize they are perched on our head. We save a document, but forget into which folder. This forgetfulness can be frustrating, [...]

By |March 16th, 2016|Alzheimer’s, Dementia|Comments Off on Improve Your Memory By Spring Cleaning Your Mind
  • Healthier Brain

Healthier Heart and Lungs Means a Healthier Brain?

March 14–20, 2016 is Brain Awareness Week. This recognition event is a good time to take stock of whether we are following a brain-healthy lifestyle, which means doing excises so we have a healthier brain. We’ve learned a lot about having a healthier brain during the past decade. We know more about things we can [...]

By |March 2nd, 2016|Dementia|Comments Off on Healthier Heart and Lungs Means a Healthier Brain?
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Celebrating the Holidays When One Has Alzheimer’s

The bright lights and big crowds make the holidays fun and exciting for many of us. But the season can present special challenges if you are a family caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s or other form of cognitive impairment. A little planning can make the season less stressful for everyone in this situation. Geriatrics physician [...]

By |December 9th, 2015|Alzheimer’s, Home Health Care|Comments Off on Celebrating the Holidays When One Has Alzheimer’s
  • Dementia Care

Dementia Care: Grief and Loss

When a Loved One with Dementia Loses Their Spouse Americans are increasingly challenged by the need to communicate difficult information to aging family members that deal with dementia care. According to the National Institutes of Health, as many as 5 million of the 43 million Americans age 65 and older may have Alzheimer’s disease, and [...]

By |November 11th, 2015|Dementia|Comments Off on Dementia Care: Grief and Loss
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The Impact of Dementia Care on Individuals, Families, and Communities

September is World Alzheimer’s Month. Each year, Alzheimer’s Disease International (www.alz.co.uk) issues a report to raise awareness of the disease and its impact on families. According to this year’s report, the cost of dementia care has increased by 35 percent in just five years. The report says, “If global dementia care were a country, it [...]

By |September 16th, 2015|Dementia|Comments Off on The Impact of Dementia Care on Individuals, Families, and Communities
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Dementia, Confusion and Forgetfulness: The Right Diagnosis Is Important

Carolyn was worried about her 82-year-old mother. Mom, always so active and independent, had stopped going outside. Her condo was untidy, and there was little nourishing food in the kitchen. Mom seemed forgetful and her speech was slurred. Carolyn insisted that Mom go to the doctor to discuss the possibility of Alzheimer’s disease. The doctor [...]

By |August 5th, 2015|Dementia|Comments Off on Dementia, Confusion and Forgetfulness: The Right Diagnosis Is Important