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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….”
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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
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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
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The Amazing Health Benefits of Pets

Anyone who has owned a pet knows the joy an animal can bring to one’s life. You often hear enthusiasts describing their pets as their “children” and including them in family vacations and activities. Service animals help people with various disabilities get around in the world. Florence Nightingale, a pioneer of modern nursing, noticed that [...]

By |July 1st, 2015|Alzheimer’s, Elder Care|Comments Off on The Amazing Health Benefits of Pets
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Alzheimer’s Caregivers Face Extra Stress

Caring for a loved one with dementia, alzheimer's or other behavioral health conditions has major impact on quality of life. The United Hospital Fund and AARP Public Policy Institute recently issued a report with compelling new evidence that family caregivers who provide complex chronic care to people who have cognitive and behavioral health conditions face [...]

By |March 18th, 2015|Alzheimer’s|Comments Off on Alzheimer’s Caregivers Face Extra Stress
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Gifts for People With Alzheimer’s Disease

Holiday Gift Idea's for People With Alzheimer’s Disease and Families Who Care for Them According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 15 million family members and friends are now serving as unpaid caregivers for the 5.4 million people who are living with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States. This means that most of us know [...]

By |December 17th, 2014|Alzheimer’s, Dementia|Comments Off on Gifts for People With Alzheimer’s Disease