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Tips for Managing Dementia and Incontinence

Tips for Managing Dementia and Incontinence
Incontinence is a common issue that affects those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia care requires both compassion and creativity to manage a variety of complicated behaviors and effects, and that’s especially true when it comes to dementia and incontinence, something that is extremely common in Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. These tried-and-true strategies can be effective in minimizing the impact of incontinence and preventing an escalation of emotions in someone you love with dementia. Continue reading

5 Tough (But Normal) Caregiver Emotions – and How to Manage Them

5 Tough (But Normal) Caregiver Emotions – and How to Manage Them
Family caregivers experience a wide range of emotions while caring for aging parents. If you’re feeling a bit discouraged in your role as caregiver, take heart; you’re in good company. Providing care for a loved one is perhaps one of the most complex roles we can hold: highly rewarding on one hand, while simultaneously frustrating and ever-evolving, often leading to caregiver emotions and feelings of doubt about whether we’re up to the challenge and providing the best possible care. Continue reading

A New Cancer Treatment for All Types of Cancer Could Be Coming

A New Cancer Treatment for All Types of Cancer Could Be Coming
New cancer research may lead to new treatment options for all types of cancer. We already know how incredible our body’s immune system is in attacking invading bacteria and viruses and restoring us to health following an illness, but the latest findings from a study by Cardiff University are poised to bring a new and unexpected development with a new cancer treatment: stopping cancer in its tracks. Continue reading

Research Now Links These Common Prescriptions as Risk Factors for Dementia

Research Now Links These Common Prescriptions as Risk Factors for Dementia
Do you have a loved one taking one of these common prescriptions? They’re already understood to cause various short-term unwanted side effects, such as memory issues and confusion, but new research links some of the stronger anticholinergic drugs (such as those prescribed for Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, depression, and overactive bladder) to an increased risk factor for dementia. Continue reading

The Latest Approach to Chronic Care Services: Empowering Patients to Take Control

The Latest Approach to Chronic Care Services: Empowering Patients to Take Control
Chronic care services can help empower senior patients to take control. Regarding chronic diseases, seniors are the experts, hands down, with as many as 3 out of four seniors affected by several conditions that are on-going, necessitate extensive treatment, and put limitations on activities. With the continuous barrage of bloodwork along with other medical tests, doctors’ appointments and procedures, and medications, controlling chronic diseases can take both a physical and emotional toll, and might quickly become stressful. Continue reading

Caregivers, Beware! Avoid Injuries with These Caregiver Safety Tips

Caregivers, Beware! Avoid Injuries with These Caregiver Safety Tips
Understand these caregiver safety tips to help avoid injuries. While the ultimate goal is always to improve health and safety for the aging adults they love, family caregivers, regrettably, typically end up compromising their own health along the way by ignoring caregiver safety tips. The truth is, an astounding 94% of caregivers in a recently… Continue reading

Finding Purpose and Embracing Positivity in Everyday Life as a Senior Citizen

Finding Purpose and Embracing Positivity in Everyday Life as a Senior Citizen
Many senior citizens find their most fulfilling day to be those in which they help others. Think about a typical day in the life of a senior citizen. Hopefully, it provides a number of positive and enriching experiences: enjoying breakfast, engaging in a favorite hobby or interest, visiting with a relative or friend, watching a popular television show. However, there’s a difference between positivity and purpose; and the need for a life rich with meaning and purpose is very important, specifically in the life of senior loved ones.  Continue reading

Understanding the Wandering Behavior of Alzheimer’s Patients and How to Keep Them Safe

Understanding the Wandering Behavior of Alzheimer’s Patients and How to  Keep Them Safe
Wandering or getting lost is often one of the most concerning symptoms for Alzheimer’s patients. Of the numerous effects of Alzheimer’s disease, probably one of the most concerning is the person’s propensity for wandering and also the potential dangers that could develop in the event that the senior becomes disoriented or lost. Wandering may occur if the older adult is: Continue reading

Understanding and Responding to Anxiety and Paranoia in Seniors with Lewy Body Dementia

Understanding and Responding to Anxiety and Paranoia in Seniors with Lewy Body Dementia
There are resources to help seniors who are experiencing a decline in thinking, reasoning, and independent function. “I am telling you, there is a dog inside my closet! I hear it growling all night long. We’ve got to track down its owner!” Hearing an older loved one voice concerns such as this that you are aware to be false is unsettling – yet not abnormal. Your first reaction can be to try and rationalize with the individual with a response such as, “Nonsense! There’s no way a dog might have gotten into your closet!” Yet for a variety of reasons, this is often the least successful way to handle unreasonable ideas and conduct within the elderly. Continue reading

Could Safety Be Compromised for Your Aging Parent? Implementing This Plan Can Help

Could Safety Be Compromised for Your Aging Parent? Implementing This Plan Can Help
Senior safety is crucial when creating an aging care plan. The first signs might be so subtle that many people wouldn’t even notice that anything is amiss. Mom is extroverted, friendly, and conversational while visiting relatives and friends and while running errands. But those closest to her are beginning to detect concerns: being forgetful about the soup cooking on the stove, resulting in a scorched pan. Placing her keys in the cookie jar. Neglecting to pay bills. Continue reading

After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis: The Two Most Common Treatment Options Available

After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis: The Two Most Common Treatment Options Available
Discover the top treatment options currently available for Alzheimer’s and how they work. The latest Alzheimer’s data is sobering. The disease has become the 6th leading cause of death, rising above both breast cancer and prostate cancer together. And though deaths from many other chronic health conditions, including cardiovascular illnesses, are decreasing, those from Alzheimer’s have jumped in excess of 100%. The toll the condition takes on family caregivers is likewise astonishing, with more than 16 million Americans delivering over 18 billion hours of caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Continue reading

Can Your Marriage Survive the Strain of Senior Care?

Can Your Marriage Survive the Strain of Senior Care?
Providing senior care can be stressful on a marriage; learn tips to help here. In marriage we agree to stick with each other for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health – but what doesn’t come up during our vows to one another is how to deal with the increasing needs of senior care as our parents age. Continue reading

Breakthrough Medications for Alzheimer’s

Breakthrough Medications for Alzheimer’s
Learn from our Anchorage, AK caregiving team about the ground breaking research into Alzheimer’s disease. Groundbreaking research is honing in ever closer to the eradication of Alzheimer’s disease, this time through two medications already developed and approved by the FDA. This permits expedited clinical trials and hopefully fast-tracking us closer to a cure. The first,… Continue reading

How to Help Seniors Around You Avoid Loneliness and Isolation

How to Help Seniors Around You Avoid Loneliness and Isolation
How to help seniors with the dangers of loneness and isolation through personal care assistance Alaska families deserve. With more than 325 million people living in the US alone, it is difficult to envision that senior loneliness is so far-reaching. Regardless, more than 50% of all the elderly live by themselves, and over a million… Continue reading
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