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How to Talk to Someone With Dementia

Conversations with Elderly Loved Ones With Dementia How do you have a conversation with a parent or other elderly loved one with dementia? This is a person whom you probably have known most of your life; yet the dementia makes them seem like a shell of the person you once knew. This awkwardness can often create a

Bringing Dementia to Light

  Many don’t realize that dementia is a term that actually refers to a symptom of a variation of brain disorders which can include Alzheimer’s. Caring for a loved one with dementia can be overwhelming and life changing to say the least. However, like most everything in life that we are dealing with, understanding the

Alzheimer’s Disease and Violent Behavior

One of the major challenges in caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease can be coping with the personality changes that often occur, and these changes can include aggression and violence.  Alzheimer’s aggression most often flares up during the later stages of the disease, many times for no apparent reason. This behavior can include

For Better Or Worse: Caring For A Spouse With Dementia

In my early years of being in home care, I received a phone call from an elderly man looking for help with his wife, who had moderate to severe dementia.  He explained to me that he owns a cattle farm, which requires a lot of his attention, but his wife’s condition was demanding so much

Hospice:  Not Such A Dark and Scary Word Anymore

When I was young, my first experience with someone who was terminally ill was when my Uncle Freddy was dying of cancer.  My once fun-loving, jolly, Santa-Clause-playing, overweight, carefree Godfather was now lying in a hospital bed in the front room of my parents’ house, withering away to nothing. He was my father’s older brother,

The Effects of Alcohol On Older Adults

It’s not uncommon for older adults to occasionally enjoy a glass of wine, a shot of whiskey, or a glass of brandy by the fire.  Some retirement communities have daily happy hours, where the elderly residents can gather, socialize, and have fun.  But because of the increased effect that alcohol has on the elderly, older

Why Respite Care Is Important To The Family Caregiver

Taking care of an elderly family member can be both physically and emotionally draining on a caregiver.  If you ask a family caregiver, you will hear how hard it can be to care for a loved one full time.  According to the Center for Disease Control, caregivers pay a high price for their labors of

Beware of Scams That Target the Elderly

I recently had a conversation with my elderly father about his prostate issues.  He called me to tell me that he just watched an infomercial hosted by former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann, who was promoting the benefits of a “medicine” that helps to shrink the prostate.  My father told me he was going to buy

When It’s Time to Take Away the Car Keys

As we age, it is normal for our driving abilities to change, and factors such as decreased vision, impaired hearing, and slowed motor reflexes may become a problem.  The effects of aging can result in a reduction of strength, coordination, and flexibility, which can impact the ability of a senior citizen to safely control a

Why Hire a Geriatric Care Manager?

Abigail sits by her father’s hospital bedside, thankful that he is finally asleep after a difficult night.  She brought him to the emergency room two days ago, finding him feverish and confused.  He was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection, caused by an enlarging prostate.  His first round of IV antibiotics didn’t go well. He