Dementia Care Tips: Watch for the Warning Signs of Caregiver Burnout

Imagine how it would feel to awaken in a strange place, not being able to remember how you got there or even what your name is. Complete disorientation quickly develops into anger and fear, and you may discover yourself yelling at the unknown person positioned beside your bed, speaking to you in a soft voice.  Read More...

How Dementia Affects Vision and Tips for Caregivers

The complex steps necessary to enable us to see are mind-boggling. In the blink of an eye, our brains can easily take transmitted specifics of the world around us, translate that information based on input from other senses, memories, and thoughts, and then build an understanding of that information to make us aware of what we are seeing. Read More...

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Denial, or Something Else?

“How on earth could you think that I have dementia? There’s not a thing wrong with me!” If an older loved one with dementia expresses feelings like this, you may have thought to yourself that he or she was simply in denial and not willing to accept such a difficult diagnosis. Read More...

10 Ways Home Care Services Make Life Better for Seniors

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Learn ten benefits of home care services for seniors.

It’s an undeniable fact: the overwhelming majority of today’s older individuals would rather age at home instead of facing a move to a nursing home or assisted living facility. And with good rationale: home care services allow older adults to experience safety and stability, while retaining the comfort and familiarity of home and their neighborhood community. Read more

How to Start a Conversation With a Parent About the Benefits of Home Care

Accepting the truth that an aging loved one requires help at home can be tough. Even harder is speaking about the need for care with the older adult and getting him or her to acknowledge that assistance is warranted. If you have noticed changes in a loved one and you’re sensing the need to begin a discussion about the benefits of home care as a choice to maintain safety and independence in the home, try these conversation starters to raise the subject in a subtle, non-confrontational way. Read More...
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Tips for Caregivers of Dementia Patients

Sometimes, the most beneficial lessons in life come about by going through them firsthand; yet the wisdom we are able to glean from those who’ve walked a similar course before us is priceless. If you’re providing care for a family member with dementia and becoming a bit bogged down in this uncharted territory, the dementia care tips for caregivers below will help:

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9 Alzheimer’s Communication Tips for Family Caregivers

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These Alzheimer’s communication tips help both caregivers and seniors.

Alzheimer’s disease is well known for its profound influence on the ability to effectively communicate. In addition to the disease affecting speech, it also causes difficulties in an individual’s ability to correctly use words, along with the understanding of the meanings of words. As the disease progresses into the later stages, using language as a way of communicating will become more challenging. Read more

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Engage as You Age: Benefits of Social Media for Seniors

Staying social can be a challenge for older adults, especially those who are homebound or have limited mobility. The good news is that, as the internet, computers, tablets, and smartphones have become more prevalent than ever, the ability to keep seniors connected has greatly improved. Read More...
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Stress and the Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Some of the busiest people working today are Alzheimer’s caregivers, and not just because of their caregiving duties. Most Alzheimer’s caregivers work long hours at fulltime jobs, take the kids to afterschool activities, make a stop by the grocery store on the way home, and prepare dinner for the family on top of their caregiving responsibilities. Read More...

How to Diffuse Dementia Care Battles

Helping another person with personal care needs, such as bathing, dressing and assistance with using the bathroom, can be uncomfortable for all involved. It’s hard to put modesty aside, and feelings of vulnerability can come into play. And at times, older adults, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, can become overly distressed while receiving help with these necessary tasks, to the point that it may result in a battle of wills. Read More...