Category Archives: Dementia
December 30th, 2014 | 1
As we approach the end of 2014 and prepare to bring in a new year of hope, aspirations, good fortune and most importantly good health! It seems like an age old tradition of formulating our New Year’s resolutions. Well in 2015 I just have one New Years resolution – to visit my loved ones who are in a nursing home more often! A very simple resolution and something I think all of us who know someone in a nursing home can do more of.
Nursing homes can be intimidating places: the sites, the sounds, the building full of strangers. I loved my grandmother dearly and wanted to visit her, but entering the nursing home felt uncomfortable.
If you have a loved one who is staying in a nursing home for any length of time, here are a few tips to consider and to share with your family members:Continue Reading
October 30th, 2014 | 0
Growing older is no easy task; as the body ages, physical health can become more complicated with eyes that weaken, bones that become more frail, and the fear of dementia to consider.
Here are some answers to help you determine if specialized geriatric care and a doctor of geriatrics is for you:
Should I continue to see a family practice physician or should I seek a geriatrician?Continue Reading
September 11th, 2014 | 0
Alzheimer’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.Continue Reading
September 4th, 2014 | 1
“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.
August 28th, 2014 | 1
Alzheimer’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.Continue Reading
August 21st, 2014 | 0
We 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?Continue Reading
July 23rd, 2014 | 0
The 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.Continue Reading
July 15th, 2014 | 1
Elderly depression is pervasive. About 6 million Americans aged 65 and older are burdened by depression. The passing of a spouse, physical impairments, retirement, relocation, or medication side effects are just a few of the causes. It is crucial to distinguish these warning signs so that you or your loved one can get the best care possible to overcome this disabling condition.
Warning Signs – There are many indications that depression is present. Here are the most common.Continue Reading
July 9th, 2014 | 1
Alzheimers 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.Continue Reading
April 25th, 2014 | 0
It is critical to have dementia communication strategies. Because dementia gradually diminishes a person’s ability to communicate properly, it can become very difficult and complex. This requires patience, understanding and good listening skills. Below are a few suggestions in an infographic that we created on how to overcome that barrier between you and the person with dementia.Continue Reading
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