Category Archives: Dementia
January 8th, 2014 | 6
Using information obtained from the Alzheimer’s Association, we have gathered some recent and startling information about Dementia today in the U.S. We have chosen to focus on Alzheimer’s Disease and have simplified it into an infographic of our own. You will also find a graph of the estimated total population in 2020 by state who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s ages 65 and older. We chose to dig deeper into the statistics of California since many of our readers are here in California. Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions for future infographics in the comments section below and help us share this infographic to continue to spread awareness about this condition!Continue Reading
December 18th, 2013 | 0
Searching for Senior Care for yourself or a loved one can be a very difficult task and more often than not is during a difficult period of time. It is extremely important to find the perfect fit with comfort, care and most importantly safety in mind. That said, it is critical to consider all the options that are available as well as the specific level of care and services they provide.
Below you will find a graphic that helps visualize all the key care types available. As you move from the bottom of the graphic to the top the level of care increases. Non medical home care provides the most basic form of care services in the comfort of ones home. On the other side of the spectrum is a hospital which provides the highest level of services and care for a loved one.Continue Reading
November 26th, 2013 | 0
Dementia can be caused by myriad of factors and is often misunderstood. Worldwide, 35+ million are estimated to suffer from dementia and that number is expected to triple by 2050 according to the World Health Organization.
Dementia is highly misunderstood and overwhelming for sufferers and caretakers. Lack of awareness and challenges to diagnosis can exacerbate the difficulties of dealing with this condition. So what needs to be known about dementia to improve overall understanding of its wide reaching affects and population?
October 31st, 2013 | 0
Six years ago my mother was the primary caregiver for her elder sister. At the time she was eighty-six, and her sister was eighty-eight. Her sister’s health had been slowly declining, with increasing difficulty in her ability to manage not only her activities of daily living – mobility, hygiene, dressing, but also other tasks such as grocery shopping and meal preparation. Their time together up until then had been both pleasant and successful. However, as my aunt’s short term memory began failing, their relationship suffered. My mother could not understand why Lil couldn’t remember what they had just agreed upon, and Lil, when challenged about her failing memory, would become angry and verbally abusive.Continue Reading
Choosing My Mother’s Next Home: A Caregiver’s Tips for Selecting a Long-Term Care Facility (Guest Post) Deborah Shouse
September 16th, 2013 | 0
Because of my mother’s deepening Alzheimer’s, my father is now living with a stranger, a woman he does not know or understand. He is afraid to go to sleep, because she wanders around at night. She, who cannot remember what a can opener is, an avocado, or a shoe lace, has figured out how to unlock the apartment door, find the elevator, press the down button, get in, and wander out through the lobby. The guard on duty quickly retrieves her, but her unchecked mobility unnerves my father.Continue Reading
July 18th, 2013 | 0
This month’s Health Care Trailblazer, Dr. Elizabeth Edgerly, is an influential leader in the Alzheimer’s community and a Geriatric Specialist. Her exciting new projects are focused on supporting caregivers and families who care for those with dementia. I was fortunate enough to track her down for a phone interview before she left for Boston to give a presentation at the AAIC Conference. Dr. Edgerly’s journey from psychology student to being named 2013′s Woman Health Care Executive Woman of the Year is an inspirational story for psychologists and health professionals pursuing a field in geriatric care.
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