Is Caring for a Loved One Wearing on You? Read Our Tips to Keep Your Spirits High

Providing daily care for a loved one can take a toll on you. You may find it challenging to maintain a positive attitude. But a positive attitude will help you cope with your situation's stress and set your day up for success. Helen Hunter’s article on the Caregiver.com website has the following suggestions to improve your mood: 1. Learn healthy ways to manage your stress. 2. Think of Challenges to find opportunities to shine. 3. Look for the best in...

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Helping Your Loved One with Dementia Live a Fulfilling Life

For people living with Dementia, participating in once-loved activities can be challenging. This can produce feelings of loss and frustration for the Dementia patient and those who care for them. By changing the focus to different activities, they can continue to lead a more fulfilling life, despite living with Dementia. When caring for someone with Dementia, we tend to focus on care that revolves around grooming and rest/sleep patterns. While focusing on those basic activities so much, it is easy...

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What to Consider When Helping Aging Parents

Many older adults eventually need some help from others—only a few transition from being fully independent to deceased, with no period of needing assistance. When the elderly do start to need help, it often falls on family members to step in. Sometimes providing support can be pretty straightforward, but family members often have to take on quite a lot. Consider the following situations which might contribute to the need for assistance: A diagnosis of Dementia/Alzheimer’s Advanced Chronic illness Sudden disability...

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Memory Care & a Path Forward

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and once someone begins to show signs of memory loss, there are, unfortunately, no treatments to stop or reverse the progression of the disease. Certain medications can ease some of the symptoms in people, and there are actions you can take to help slow down Alzheimer’s. Like with many chronic diseases, diet and stress can play a critical role in the trajectory of Alzheimer’s. Suppose you have a...

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Geriatric Medicine: Giving a Quality of Life for the Elderly by Dr. Veena Panthangi, MD

I'm thrilled to introduce you to this week's guest columnist - Dr. Veena Panthangi, MD. Dr. Panthangi is a family medicine physician with Ascension Michigan in St. Clair Shores, where she provides comprehensive care for her patients and also provides a chronic pain clinic for elderly patients. This week, Dr. Panthangi shares insights into geriatric medicine - with a particular focus on caring for the entire person. We think you'll benefit from her perspective and experience. Enjoy!  - Terri Geriatric Medicine: Giving...

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Caring for a Senior Loved One with Dementia

Senior Home Care - Caring for a Senior Loved One with Dementia

Does your elderly loved one have a form of dementia? If so, their condition will progress over time. No matter what stage they are in at this time, they are likely going to need some care. They may only need a little help. If they are in the further stages, they may need a lot of help every day. You can get help from senior home care providers. However, there are also some ways that you can care for your...

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Is It Age-Related Memory Loss Or Something Else?

Homecare - Is It Age-Related Memory Loss Or Something Else?

Aging is an event that is full of change and comes with difficulties and obstacles for you and your senior to overcome. Memory loss is one of the main concerns for seniors and their loved ones which will often times raise the question of whether it is age-related or something else. Age-Related: While it may be upsetting for you and your senior to discover, age-related memory loss is a completely normal part of aging. Common signs of age-related memory loss...

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Five Signs of Dementia You Need to Know

Dementia is perhaps one of the most difficult and worrisome conditions that affect older adults. Sometimes family caregivers aren’t sure if what they are seeing in their older family member is normal or if it signals the onset of dementia. Although there are many different kinds of dementia that have their own specific symptoms, there are some common signs that can help you to determine whether your loved one should be evaluated for dementia. Below are five common signs. Disruptive...

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Observing Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. Around 50 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. It is important to raise awareness about Alzheimer's and dementia in older adults because the signs are commonly overlooked until abilities decline since they are similar to other age-related symptoms. Below are some facts about Alzheimer's disease and what signs to look for: What is Alzheimer's Disease? Alzheimer's, a degenerative neural disease, is the most common type of dementia...

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Most Common Vascular Dementia Risk Factors

Home Health Care - Most Common Vascular Dementia Risk Factors

Vascular means anything that has to do with the body’s vessels (most commonly the blood vessels). Vascular dementia is a condition that many elderly people get. It is a condition where the brain’s arteries or blood vessels in the body become damaged. There isn’t enough blood flow to keep the cells alive. The brain becomes very vulnerable to the damage. If someone’s brain cells don’t get enough oxygen for a certain length of time, they die off. This can cause...

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