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Home for the holidays – an opportune time to do a home care assessment on your parents

November 14, 2017

The holidays are fast approaching and a great many people are already making plans to visit their cherished family members. During this special time, millions of Americans will see just how much change a year can make in their family- how children have grown, or how relatives have aged. With holiday reunions come an opportune […]

The Impact of Low Vision and Its Effect on Seniors

October 12, 2017

The Impact of Low Vision and Its Effect on Seniors Low vision in the elderly is a common problem, as our eyes undergo different changes over time. While most of us will not suffer from complete blindness, millions currently suffer from some form of visual impairment, with numbers growing rapidly as we age. Low vision […]

Dehydration In The Elderly Can Be A Serious Health Risk

September 29, 2017

Dehydration In The Elderly Can Be A Serious Health Risk. Your body contains about 11 gallons of water. Your blood is 85% water; your muscles 80%; your brain 75% and your bones are 25% water – which illustrates the importance water plays in your health When dehydrated, your brain shrinks in volume. This shrinking is […]

DIY Engagement activities for Alzheimer’s and Dementia family members

August 7, 2017

Memories are our most valuable possession these DIY engagement activities will help make today brighter and more meaningful by providing personalized engagement and redirection that increases social and cognitive interactions for your family member. COPY ME ACTIVITY: A simple activity where 1 player creates a pattern the other copies it – good for targeting visual-perceptual/spatial […]

The Positive Effect of Nurture Therapy on Alzheimer’s / Dementia Patients.

June 28, 2017

The Positive Effect of Nurture Therapy on Alzheimer’s / Dementia Patients. Anyone who has seen it happen knows that a doll has the power to soothe and comfort people with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Nurture therapy has been called a self-administering therapy. While beneficial to some, it is not for everyone. More women than men will […]

Hand washing plays an important role when caring for the elderly

June 6, 2017

Hand washing plays an important role when caring for the elderly Simply put hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infections. The transmission of bacteria is more likely to occur from WET skin than from dry skin, so proper drying (in addition to washing) of hands remains our best […]

Embracing the Future – and the Past

April 7, 2017

Current housing trends have created a unique niche of embracing the future – and the past. A nationwide cultural shift of extended families living together in multigenerational homes has been growing since 1990 according to Sharon Braham Niederhaus, author of “Together Again”. Extended families reuniting are beneficial for all involved, especially when help is needed […]

Have a “Brown-Bag Check Up”

March 13, 2017

Lugging every pill you take to your next doctor’s appointment or trip to the pharmacist might seem like overkill, but it could save your life—especially if you take multiple drugs or supplements . At least once yearly, gather every prescription and over-the-counter drug you take, including drops and ointments, as well as every dietary supplement, vitamin, mineral, […]

Is Mom left alone to long because of your busy schedule?

February 22, 2017

Whether you care for aging parents or an elder spouse, as a caregiver, you may have to decide if it is still possible to leave an elderly person in your care alone for an hour, an afternoon or an entire day. Will they be safe? Will they wander off? Will they let strangers into the […]

Are you correctly monitoring your blood pressure at home?

February 2, 2017

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 3 American adults (about 70 million people) have high blood pressure. About half have uncontrolled high blood pressure, which increases your risk for a number of serious health problems, including: Heart disease Stroke Kidney disease Cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease Worldwide, high blood […]