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World Alzheimer’s Month

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

World Alzheimer’s Month September is World Alzheimer’s Month. In our society today, more and more people are learning what Alzheimer’s is; unfortunately it is due to someone in your life being affected by this disease. Thankfully, today more and more scientists and geneticists are starting to understand how Alzheimer’s affects the brain and body and even some ways to combat the disease. Although there are no cures  ..

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Differences Between In-Home Care & Home Health

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Differences Between In-Home Care & Home Health So many times people are discharged from the hospital with directions on care they should receive once they are home. These directions can include having home health and in home care, which most people think are the same thing, but are in fact, very different. The key difference is that "home care" is non-clinical care and "home health" is clinical care. In-Home Care is typically priv ..

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Summertime in Sacramento for Seniors (Part 1)…

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Summertime in Sacramento for Seniors (Part 1)… Events, Classes, Music, Theater, and more… Just because we are a little older, and maybe do not move as quickly, doesn’t mean there are not plenty of things we can still do! Sacramento is home to a wide variety of places and events that are geared towards seniors, and those that incorporate people of every age! We have decided to help put some of those events and plac ..

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Eating Disorders and the Elderly

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Eating Disorders and the Elderly Anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating, these are all forms of eating disorders. Previously associated primarily with the younger set—preteens and teens—such eating disorders have unfortunately expanded to affect more individuals in midlife and beyond, as older age proves to be no barrier for disordered eating practices. When we think of eating disorders you picture a young woman, as t ..

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GoFundMe For WWII Veteran Claude and his wife Dorothy

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

This fundraiser is for a sweet couple, WWII Veteran, Claude and Dorothy Cravens, they are 88 and 86 respectively, they have been married for over 63 years and have spent the last 35 years in the same home. About 10 years ago Dorothy was diagnosed with Dementia and Claude became her primary caregiver and has been doing so ever since. Claude has done his best to take care of Dorothy and their home, but he himself is getting old and is n ..

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Dangers of Caregiver Denial

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Dangers of Caregiver Denial Denial is a normal human emotion, especially with symptoms as heartbreaking as dementia or Alzheimer’s, as no one wants to confront the disease for which there is currently no cure. But there are risks to caregiver denial. Dangers that go along with caregiver denial are two-fold. Not only is your loved one at risk; but also you, the caregiver, is at risk. It doesn’t matter how many times yo ..

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How to Handle Dementia Outbursts from the Elderly

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

How to Handle Dementia Outbursts from the Elderly A caregiver is typically a special type of person, they are kind, caring, compassionate, and have a general nature of caring for people, and they can generally handle anything that needs to be done for the care of another person. It is difficult and sometimes deeply upsetting when a senior you care for is verbally or physically aggressive on a regular basis, but understanding what causes t ..

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How General Anesthesia Can Affect an Elder’s Mind

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

How General Anesthesia Can Affect an Elder’s Mind As we get older our bodies become weaker or problems arise and more likely than not you will need to have surgery and will require general anesthesia. As we age the way our bodies process drugs changes and our overall metabolic rate is slower. According to ( "General anesthesia does carry a higher risk for the elderly population," says Da ..

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November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million. Get involved this month, and help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease! One great ways to get involved is to join yo ..

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The Do's and Don'ts of Discharge

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Do's and Don'ts of Discharge The primary goal of discharge planning is to ensure a patient’s smooth transition from the hospital to her home or another facility. Patients must be humanely and appropriately discharged when they are medically ready to leave the hospital. Senior patients who are unable to care for themselves cannot be sent home, if proper care is not in place; medically incompetent adults cannot be brought to h ..

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