Building Caregiver Resilience: Health Strategies

Following his wife’s stroke, John’s arthritis has flared-up because of helping her move and doing all the housework. The usual medications haven’t been effective and pain has been keeping John up at night. A few drinks are his only real source of relief.Her daughter was horrified when she discovered that Ruth hasn’t seen her doctor in several years. Considering her recent fainting spell and family history of heart problems, Ruth knows her daughter’s right to be worried. But as a dementia caregiver, it seems... Click to Read More

Hospice Care: Understanding the Levels of Care

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Hospice care was once associated with patients that were at the end stages of cancer. This is no longer the case. Today, hospice care may be an option for any patient with six months or less to live, regardless of the condition or age of the patient. In fact, many hospice patients are dealing with the ravages of Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia. What is most important for the family and their loved one is to understand the four levels of hospice care available.It’s important to... Click to Read More

A Caregiver’s Thanksgiving

Multi Generation Family Celebrating Thanksgiving
In the past, I’ve always strived to host Norman Rockwell-type Thanksgiving feasts. Every year I envisioned our children, grandchildren and other family members gathering congenially around our table, enjoying a delicious meal and intelligent conversation while expressing gratitude for our many blessings.To be perfectly honest, it’s rarely worked out that way. Someone has always shown up late or sick. Inevitably, someone who offered to bring a dish walks through the door at the last minute carrying the ingredients in a grocery sack. And just as... Click to Read More

Hospice & Palliative Care: At What Cost?

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When it comes time to consider hospice and palliative care, one of the options to weigh must be the cost. The cost of end of life care can be expensive, so it is important to have some information upfront.A Difficult Time; A Difficult DecisionMany hospice costs can be paid by Medicare, but there remains plenty of costs left over for the patient or the family to contend with. For this reason, many patients wait until the very end before entering hospice. To qualify to have hospice care paid... Click to Read More

What You May Not Know About Diabetes: Prevention Tips for Seniors

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For anyone at risk of Type 2 diabetes, prevention can be paramount. According to the CDC, an estimated 29 million Americans are diabetic, and an additional 86 million suffer from pre-diabetes. Left untreated, many of those pre-diabetics will go on to develop the full form of the disease and be placed at risk for its serious complications. These complications include kidney damage, blindness, hearing impairment, amputation, stroke, and heart disease. Diabetes prevention for seniors is particularly important because as many as half of all seniors over the... Click to Read More

Staying Safe: Cold Weather Safety & Prevention Tips for Seniors

With cool weather moving in and winter at our heels, autumn is a perfect time to slow down and take stock of your home and your safety. Cold weather, while usually forcing us to remain cozy indoors, can also bring many fall risks for older Americans. According to the National Institute of Health, 6 out of every 10 falls happen in or around the home. Making small changes, both to your home and your lifestyle, can prevent many of these falls.According to the Centers for... Click to Read More

Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease That May Surprise You

While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, being able to recognize the early signs of Alzheimer's disease and its stages can help the patient and family caregiver better understand what to expect and when to expect it. This knowledge will also give them the time to plan and prepare for what is to come.Common Signs of Alzheimer's DiseaseA common problem patients experience in the early stages of Alzheimer's is a feeling that they can't remember simple things. This can include forgetting the location of items they use on... Click to Read More

Coping with Alzheimer’s: Tips for Family Members

When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, the effects are felt throughout the entire family. While your loved one may be dealing with the disease’s symptoms, you will also be dealing with the sadness that comes with watching someone you care about no longer remember the details of their life. With a few tips and Alzheimer's coping strategies, the difficult process can be made a little easier.Find Time for YourselfFirst off, it is critically important to take care of yourself. While in the role of caretaker for... Click to Read More

Building Caregiver Resilience: Mental Strategies

The caregiving journey is often long and intense; marked by challenging circumstances, unclear choices and uncertain outcomes.Bill’s wife has been battling cancer for years. Should she participate in a research study on a new form of chemotherapy? As a wife and mother of three teens, they desperately want her to live. Bill knows this would be grueling for the whole family and the odds for a cure are not good.After six years, Elsa is exhausted, and wonders if she should listen to her adult children’s... Click to Read More

Seniors and Alcohol Abuse – More Common Than You Think

In 2013, the Centers for Disease control published a report titled, “The State of Aging & Health in America.” Included in this report was the fact that binge drinking “accounts for more than 21,000 deaths among adults 65 or older each year in the United States.” Elderly alcoholism is a serious problem and can increase the risk of developing life-threatening conditions, like high blood pressure, liver disease and stroke.The Dangers of Geriatric Binge DrinkingThe report also found that while the prevalence of binge drinking among older... Click to Read More
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