Archives for November 2018

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

Pain Awareness Month

September is Pain Awareness Month; a time to understand and take action to help those who experience chronic pain. Unfortunately pain is all too often more common as we age. The ACPA offers this resourceful brochure for dealing with pain as you age. Types of Pain Not everyone experiences the same types of pain. The

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,

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

Seniors At Nutritional Risk

So many of our social activities are based around eating, so how can it be that millions of U.S. seniors are at nutritional risk? Once someone becomes a nutritional risk they also become more susceptible to other health issues and disease. What is a “Senior at nutritional risk”? In order for a senior to be