11 Ways to Help People Who Have Dementia but Don’t Realize it

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Being a caregiver for someone who has a memory deficit can be extremely challenging. It becomes even more difficult when that person is unaware of their dementia or any other limitations associated with it. Dementia can directly impact a person’s ability to follow directions, can compromise their safety,  impedes problem-solving and abstract reasoning. It can […]

Product Review: FreshAlarm-5 Alarm Voice Timer

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How can you help someone and yet maintain their independence, and yours? This was a question I faced one day when my husband misunderstood the time and showed up for a class early. The next day he asked me to stay home to make sure he left on time for an appointment, not early or […]

Weeds in Nana’s Garden: a book review

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Weeds in Nana’s Garden is a beautifully written and illustrated story that helps explain Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias to children. Newly published, both the writing and the illustrations were done by Canadian author, Kathryn Harrison. It’s just gorgeous! I especially love the comparison of Alzheimer’s Disease to weeds in a garden. “Alzheimer’s is a […]

Why You Should Reconsider Taking Prilosec for Your Heartburn Symptoms

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In February of this year, I read an article in The New York Times that caused me to gasp out loud: “Heartburn Drugs Tied to Dementia Risk”.  Oh my gosh, I have been taking Prilosec (omeprazole) for over ten years and believing that it is a very safe medication with very few complications! As you […]

Caregiving Tips for the First-Time Caregiver

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We asked our Caregivers Connect Facebook group what their best tip for new caregivers would be and we received over 120 answers!  We were not surprised to see that “have patience” was a popular answer and while many offered the advice that “caring for yourself ” is important, some admitted that they don’t always have […]

Brain Health: Reaping the Reward of Puzzles, Crosswords and Sudoku

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Lately there has been a lot of talk in the press and scientific community about how moderate brain exercise can sharpen your cognitive thinking, helping your fight against memory loss, depression and even Alzheimer’s and other dementia types. Today we will discuss how and why tailored brain activities can reap large benefits. Consider this: the […]

Smart, Strong Aging: 3 Ways to Stay Healthy Through the Years

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We can’t stop time, but three body-smart habits can help us turn back the clock a bit.   A range of studies show that a mix of mental and physical activity can promote well-being, improve our health and prevent the onset of diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Not to mention, a body in good condition […]

The Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry – The Memories You Save May Be Your Own

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As many you know by now, November is National Family Caregiver’s Month and National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Although my father was never formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, he did have vascular dementia.  Because he also had severe congestive heart failure, we opted not to attempt a formal diagnosis nor utilize the various medications that […]

We Will Miss You, Robin Williams

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Millions of people worldwide were shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of actor and comedian, Robin Williams this past week. It was even more heartbreaking to many to  learn the cause of his death. How could someone so seemingly full of life be filled with enough sorrow to cause him to end his […]

Signs of Cognitive Decline

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What baby boomer doesn’t consider Alzheimer’s when we begin to forget more than usual? Because we know that cognitive decline is one of the very first indicators of the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a slight, but noticeable decline in a person’s memory or thinking patterns. Anyone who has […]

Dental Care and Seniors: The Oral Care Challenges that Come With Aging

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Life has this habit of taking a toll on our teeth.   After decades of eating, drinking, and numerous other activities, once we get to a later stage of life, the state of our teeth can be less than ideal.  In fact, the state of our teeth can become problematic.  It’s not uncommon to see teeth […]

5 Essential Skills For A Caregiver of a Loved One With Dementia

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5 Essential Skills For a Caregiver of a Loved One With Dementia   It can be a substantial challenge for both novice and experienced caregivers when it comes to providing specialist dementia care. Whether hiring a professional or cultivating the personal skills to care for a loved one, there remain five essential skills that help […]

4 Ways Music Can Improve Dementia Care

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Symptoms and behaviors associated with dementia can be difficult to adjust to for any family caregiver. Forgetfulness and repetitive discussion might be irritating, sudden aggressive behavior is hard to tackle and wandering and depression require additional safety and attention. Although a cure has not yet been discovered for dementia, studies have shown that particular methods […]

Today

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TODAY “What day is today?” “It’s Saturday, Dad.” “Oh, good; then we’ll go to church tomorrow.” “Yes, we will.” “The snow is beginning to melt. Soon it will be gone.” “Yes, I’ll be glad to see Spring.” “What day is today?” “Dad, it’s Saturday.” “Oh. Hey, look, there’s a robin. You can tell it’s a […]

Stuffed Animals Bring Comfort to Dementia Patients.

Stuffed Animals Bring Comfort to Dementia Patients I’ve noted that many caregivers of loved ones with dementia use stuffed animals to successfully provide comfort.   Here’s a company that took the idea one step further. MEMORABLE PETS AIMS TO HELP FAMILIES, PATIENTS DEAL WITH DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S New Business Creates Stuffed Animals Designed to Soothe Patients […]

6 Things I’ll Never Do Again While Traveling with an Elder

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Whether accompanying an elder home for a holiday or bringing them back to your own home, traveling can be daunting to say the least. Having traveled with my father several times during the years that he lived with me, I learned several things that I’d never do again. 1. Do it alone! Whether by plane, […]

Immobility Problems and Solutions

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My remembrances of my father always included his statement that he “had a bum leg”.  Apparently when I was just a baby, he was working for the timber board in Canada and had fallen on a boom of logs which caused him to break his back.  The medical solution at that time was to take […]

35 Questions to Ask When Searching for a Care Facility

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        35 Questions to Ask When Searching for a Care Facility                                      …….in no particular order by Shelley Webb and Tonia Boterf Exactly what services are offered? How often does the staff change or turn over?  How many R.N.s are available on each unit and on each shift.  Do they utilize LPNs /LVNs ?  Who administers the medications?   What […]