Plan to Be Active

For caregivers of someone with dementia, a daily challenge can be helping your loved one to continue to do things they find enjoyable. Since each person is an individual and because dementia affects each person differently, the caregiver that spends the most time with the loved one is best suited to suggest or plan activitiesContinue reading “Plan to Be Active”

Care for the Caregiver

Many caregivers who valued the pre-pandemic days when they could leave their loved ones for just an hour or two to go to coffee or lunch with friends, or lose themselves in the stacks at the library, attend a support group, book club or any other activity they’ve enjoyed are struggling to find a newContinue reading “Care for the Caregiver”

Anesthesia Can Be Risky Business

Statistics show that the need for surgery increases as we age. As much as 53 percent of surgeries are performed on individuals over the age of 65. Many surgeries require the use of general anesthesia which carries additional risks for older adults. One area that can be affected more severely in the elderly population isContinue reading “Anesthesia Can Be Risky Business”

Is It Risky for Older Adults to Take Multiple Medications?

It seems inevitable as we age that as the years increase, so does the number of pills or medications that we add to our daily regimen.  While aging or elderly adults may have several health conditions that require medications to manage them, it is a concern that as the list of prescriptions grows, so doesContinue reading “Is It Risky for Older Adults to Take Multiple Medications?”

UTIs Cause Unusual Behavioral Symptoms in Elders

Too often, UTI’s (Urinary Tract Infections – also known as bladder infections) in our elder loved ones go unnoticed. The symptoms the rest of us are familiar with are not necessarily the symptoms experienced by older adults.  This article from AgingCare gives information that can help to understand and notice the warning signs of aContinue reading “UTIs Cause Unusual Behavioral Symptoms in Elders”

Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease

If you’ve identified that your loved one is showing signs of memory loss or from the list of 10 signs of Alzheimer’s Disease that were mentioned in a previous post, it’s time to make an appointment with your loved one’s health care provider and talk with them about the changes you are noticing and haveContinue reading “Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease”

Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s Disease: What is the Difference?

For many, the language associated with dementia, Alzheimer’s, cognitive decline and other related terms might be confusing. Those of us working in situations that have required continued education in these areas sometimes forget that for the general public, the verbiage we throw around might be just a confusing jumble of letters if a definition isContinue reading “Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s Disease: What is the Difference?”

Alzheimer’s and COVID-19

COVID-19 has been a hot topic of conversation for most of us for many months. It’s no surprise that since vaccines for COVID-19  have become available, it has also become a popular topic of conversation. As caregiver consultants, the questions we are hearing caregivers ask are: “Should my loved one get the vaccine?” and “ShouldContinue reading “Alzheimer’s and COVID-19”