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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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Through the looking glass: A Deeper Understanding of Dementia

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Through the looking glass A Deeper Understanding of Dementia Working in the senior placement industry I deal with seniors every day, over the phone, in person, through email and texting, I feel through my interactions and spending time with the elderly population that I have a good idea of what a senior goes through on a daily basis. BOY WAS I WRONG! A few weeks ago my colleagues and I had the opportunity to experience what it feels l ..

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Mental Health and Older Adults

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Mental Health and Older Adults As science and technology have advanced, the average lifespan has increased. Globally, the population is ageing rapidly. Between 2015 and 2050, the percentage of the world’s population over 60 years will nearly double, from 12 percent to 22 percent. Along with an increase in our elderly population and the fact that people are living longer lives, mental health and emotional well-being are as important  ..

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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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Top 10 Concerns That Seniors Face

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Top 10 Concerns That Seniors Face As we get older, we hope that our lives will become easier. We anticipate retirement as the time in our lives when we can finally relax. While the golden years can be some of the best years of our life, there are always concerns. Senior citizens have challenges to overcome that are universal to all ages as well as some issues that are specific to their age group. The top ten concerns facing senior cit ..

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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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Changes in Food Affects Behavior in Elderly

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Changes in Food Affects Behavior in Elderly We all know junk food is not good for us, but we are tempted and cave in more often than we probably should. But now, studies are showing that if we eat unhealthy all of the time it could have serious repercussions on our mental health. A new study looks at the impact heart-healthy and less-healthy dietary patterns may have on cognitive decline as people age. Research show ..

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When Assisted Living Isn’t Enough

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

When Assisted Living Isn’t Enough You and your family may be beyond frustrated and sad about your aging loved one’s situation, and you may think you have no options. However, the truth is that there’s always something that can be done to optimize health and wellbeing when assisted living isn’t enough. Whether it’s consulting a geriatrician for expert advice and care information, finding a senior care com ..

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Medication Management Tips That Could Save Your Life

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Medication Management Tips That Could Save Your Life According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (http://www.aafp.org/home.html): “The statistics on medication usage among elderly patients in the US are eye-opening: more than one-third of prescriptions drugs used in the US are taken by elderly patients; the ambulatory elderly fill between 9-13 prescriptions a year (including new prescriptions and refills); the average eld ..

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