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Alzheimers Care for Seniors – 5 Tips to Find the Best Match Christina Morales

February 12th, 2015 | 1

AlzheimersCareAlzheimer’s is a cruel disease and certainly Alzheimers care is no easy task. I experienced it first hand in the final stages of my grandfather’s life. Sometimes he would be gentle and sweet. Other times he would be cruel to the point of causing great fear to my grandmother. When she passed, he couldn’t remember where she went. In those brief moments of clarity, he would remember that she was no longer alive and would start the grieving process all over again.

By no means is my story rare or my family’s struggle unique. More than 5 million Americans are plagued by this disease and one in three seniors ends up dying with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Anyone who has tried to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s knows that you can only fight for so long before you need to call on outside help.

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Dementia Care Homes for Seniors with Alzheimer’s – Top 5 Checklist Christina Morales

September 11th, 2014 | 0

Dementia Care HomesAlzheimer’s affects nearly 36 million people worldwide. One in nine Americans over the age of 65 has been diagnosed with this condition. Alzheimer’s and dementia are the top causes for disabilities in the later stages of life. Seniors with Alzheimer’s are three times more likely to be hospitalized than those who do not have this disease.

With these alarming facts, it’s no wonder that so many are looking for a caring, comfortable, safe environment to help their loved ones who struggle with the impairments that come from having Alzheimer’s. Many times it’s not that families don’t want to care for their elderly parent; it’s that they can’t because of the extensive safety precautions and 24/7 attention that these patients require.

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Seniors with Dementia – A Help Guide for In Home Caregivers Christina Morales

September 4th, 2014 | 1

Seniors with Dementia

“In 2012, 15.4 million family and friends provided 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias — care valued at $216.4 billion, which is more than eight times the total sales of McDonald’s in 2011. Eighty percent of care provided to seniors with dementia is provided by unpaid caregivers,” reports the Alzheimer’s Association.

Paying someone to help with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s isn’t always an option in the early stages of the disease. Not only are the costs exorbitant, but there is something intimate and personal about caring for matters that involve a breakdown of the mental faculties. 

 

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Alzheimer’s Care for Seniors – 5 Tips to Find the Best Match Christina Morales

August 28th, 2014 | 1

Alzheimer's Care for SeniorsAlzheimer’s is a cruel disease. I experienced it first hand in the final stages of my grandfather’s life. Sometimes he would be gentle and sweet. Other times he would be cruel to the point of causing great fear to my grandmother. When she passed, he could not remember where she went. In those brief moments of clarity, he would remember that she was no longer alive and would start the grieving process all over again.

By no means is my story rare or my family’s struggle unique. More than 5 million Americans are plagued by this disease and one in three seniors ends up dying with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Anyone who has tried to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s knows that you can only fight for so long before you need to call on outside help.

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Dementia Symptoms in Seniors – What You Should Look for Now Christina Morales

August 21st, 2014 | 0

Dementia SymptomsWe all have lapses in memory and as we age, those times of forgetfulness seem to increase. We lose our car keys more often, maybe forget about important appointments or dates, or in the middle of a task we can’t recall what we were just thinking about.

At first we put the blame on lack of sleep, an increased amount of stress, or dividing our time among too many tasks. How do you know if it’s something more?

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Seniors with Alzheimers Disease – A Guide to Safeguarding Their Home Christina Morales

August 14th, 2014 | 0

Seniors with Alzheimers Disease

Seniors with Alzheimers disease presents many challenges. Memory loss, difficulty completing familiar tasks, and a delay with basic problem solving skills can cause frustration and anger in many patients. Moreover, Alzheimer’s can cause patients to be a danger to themselves and their loved ones who share the same home with them.

While nursing homes are an option many choose to take in the later stages of this disease in a loved one who requires memory care services, this may not be the right time for your loved one due to finances, your parent may still be quite independent, or you haven’t found the appropriate nursing home yet.

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Long-Term Care Service Providers In The United States (INFOGRAPHIC) Lara Baez

August 5th, 2014 | 1

Long-Term CareLong-term care defines a broad range of services that meet the needs of older adults with various functional limitations. These services are provided by paid, regulated providers, and include assistance with activities of daily living (dressing, bathing, toileting), instrumental activities of daily living (medication management, housework), and health maintenance tasks. Here, we report on various aspects of these long-term care service providers: their funding, their population profile, and the prevalence of morbidity in their facilities.

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Protect Yourself And Your Loved Ones From Scam Artists Alzheimer's Association

July 23rd, 2014 | 0

Alzheimers AssociationThe FBI, AARP and many senior-focused healthcare organizations have warned that seniors and people suffering from dementia are prime scam targets. Scam artists look for people who may feel isolated and crave interaction. Elderly victims are often polite and trusting of strangers. Dementia impacts the cognitive abilities necessary to discern a stranger’s true motivations, making one vulnerable to being manipulated. A 2009 study by MetLife’s Mature Market Institute estimated that seniors lose approximately $2.6 billion every year due to financial abuse and scams.

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Alzheimers Caregiving – There’s An App For That Alzheimer's Association

July 9th, 2014 | 1

Alzheimers CaregivingAlzheimers Caregiving is very important and there are hundreds of applications available to help both those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease as well as their caregiving community. The trick is to wade through them all! But help is on the way. Here’s a list of some apps that have either received high ratings from users, or have been positively referenced on Alzheimer’s or other caregiving-focused sites. We haven’t personally evaluated any of these, nor can we formally recommend them.  Many are free, however, so worth exploring. Some will be more appropriate in certain stages of the disease. Most are available on the iPad; all are available through the iTunes apps store.

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Long-Term Caregivers (INFOGRAPHIC) Alyssa Chan

January 24th, 2014 | 0

TN_LT_CaregiversGiven tremendous feedback and response from our recent Infographic series we decided to put out one more this week about long-term caregivers.  We have found that a picture is truly worth a thousand words and tells a much needed story – especially when it comes to senior care.  

The average volunteered hours for an unpaid caregiver is equivalent to working a 20 hour a week part-time job for five years. These long-term caregivers are dedicating their time to help care for a friend, family member or even an acquaintance.

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