Adult Foster Homes: What Are They and How Caregivers Can Help

Adult Foster Homes: What Are They and How Caregivers Can Help As healthcare has developed over the past 50 years, the life expectancy of the average American has increased from 70 years in 1965 to 79 years today. With an almost 10 year increase, a new window of time has opened where seniors may need additional help without needing to receive the constant attention and regiment of a retirement home. Adult foster care homes are one little-known option that may become increasingly popular in the coming years. What are Adult... Click to Read More

Help Is Here: When Someone You Love Has Dementia

As an experienced geriatrician with many years of seeing dementia patients and their families, I thought I understood not only dementia, but of the impact of the disease on family caregivers. So, I was taken aback when the daughter of one of my patients asked me to read the manuscript of a book she had written about her journey with her mother who had Alzheimer’s disease. I realized that, although I knew the medicine, I didn’t understand how difficult caring for someone who had Alzheimer’s disease really was. ... Click to Read More

Know the Differences Between Occupational, Physical, & Speech Therapy

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Often times, those who have suffered from an injury, accident, or a chronic condition will need weeks or months of care to recover and adapt to their new circumstances. The medical professionals who specialize in providing that long-term care are therapists. With the latest equipment and training, therapists can help guarantee the fastest possible recovery time, the lowest chance of additional complications, and the highest quality of life possible for those in their care. But what are the differences between the most common types of therapists, and who... Click to Read More

How Private Caregivers Can Assist Older Adults in a Care Facility

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When an aging parent resides in a nursing care community, hospice house or an assisted living center, adult children often find themselves wishing they could be with their parent around the clock. It might be because their parent’s private assisted living home doesn’t provide twenty-four hour care or when they live in a group home they may still need additional personal care assistance a few hours a week. For these reasons and more, in-home caregivers can be brought in to help support an older adult’s needs in whatever setting they might... Click to Read More

Building Family Caregiver Resilience: Environmental Strategies

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When my Mom had dementia and she was no longer able to converse with me, I was heartbroken.  From 1,000 miles away, I could no longer enjoy our usual Saturday morning chats.  During my monthly visits I searched for some way to connect with her. All I could do was just sit on the sofa with my arm around her shoulder. It was then that I felt deeply grateful that Mom and I could wordlessly enjoy the beautiful view outside the parlor’s picture window.  The morning my Dad had... Click to Read More

Understanding When to Call Adult Protective Services

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Experts believe that as many as one in ten seniors has been the victim of elder abuse . An equally troubling statistic is, that in 90% of these cases, a member of the family is the abuser. For older adults with Alzheimer’s disease, abuse is even more common. Almost half have been abused by a family member or caregiver.  Recognizing the signs a senior is being victimized and understanding what you can do to help is important to reversing the alarming statistics on elder abuse. In many cases, getting... Click to Read More

Sharing the Care of Older Parents When DNA is All You Share With Siblings

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I was the executor for my parents’ estate.  A few months after my mother’s death, my friend Anna exclaimed, “Forget the money.  Demand a DNA test!  You cannot be related to these people!” I am sad to admit that the disagreements some of my brothers and I had during the final stages of my parents’ lives were just a warm up to the battles that ensued after Mom and Dad died. There were many factors that contributed to our disagreements, including birth order, education, the people we married, the... Click to Read More

Multiple Sclerosis: Separating Fact from Fiction

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While multiple sclerosis (MS) is a somewhat common disease, there is still some mystery around it due to rapid developments in the study of the disease. For those who have not had to deal with the day-to-day realities of MS, there can be some misconceptions. If you are the family caregiver for an older adult, it is important to separate the fact from fiction when it comes to multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis Statistics Over 2.3 million people across the globe live with MS. Typically, a person is diagnosed with multiple... Click to Read More

New Ways to Address Depression and Anxiety in Seniors

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It’s not news that America is overmedicated.  But a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that older Americans are overprescribed sedatives and anti-anxiety drugs, which can have grave consequences. The study was a “retrospective descriptive analysis of benzodiazepine prescriptions,” which are more commonly known as Xanax and Valium, and are typically prescribed as sedatives or anti-anxiety medications. Combing through the 2008 data on more than half of the pharmacies in the United States, the research team found that more than 6 percent... Click to Read More

10 Early Warning Signs of Multiple Sclerosis You Should Know About

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Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that most people have heard of at one time or another. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, it is estimated that over 2.3 million people around the world have MS. Several celebrities, such as comedian Richard Pryor and actress Annette Funicello famously battled the disease, while others such as Jack Osbourne, son of rock legend Ozzy Osbourne, and talk show host Montel Williams, are living with MS and have made great strides to raise awareness. Yet, even with all of the exposure, many... Click to Read More