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Sunday, September 27, 2020

How to recognize signs it’s time for placement

More than 15 million Americans devote time and energy to caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, but sometimes the cost of caregiving becomes too high. Caregivers find themselves unable to bear the burden of providing home health care without suffering from stress and illness themselves. At that point, it may be time to consider whether to move a loved one into senior care if their health needs become too much to handle at home.

A different kind of ‘Make a Wish’

While the organizers are careful not to call them “last” wishes, they’re often the kind of activities the seniors can’t arrange themselves or a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, like meeting a favorite celebrity or touring their childhood home.

Dementia complications

By Micha Shalev Why do people who have dementia become agitated? Agitation can be caused by many factors. A sudden change in surroundings or frustrating situations...

Caregivers struggle as Alzheimer’s takes its toll

The living room of Leslie Jorgensen’s basement in Alpine tells the story of how much her life has changed during the last five years.

Sandwich caregivers balance dual responsibilities

The sun was barely up when Evelyn Volk, bleary-eyed with toothbrush in hand, tossed a pile of clothes into the washing machine, the first of several loads of the day. She glanced at the wall clock that was deliberately set 10 minutes fast.

Assisted living options: What you need to know

That may not be an ideal scenario for most retirees, given its association with a loss of independence. But it’s becoming reality for many as living in retirement for decades becomes more common.

How to care for an older adult during the summer months

Summer is a special time for caution if you or someone in your family is an older adult. I

Seniors caring for other seniors

Paul Gregoline lies in bed, awaiting the helper who will get him up, bathed and groomed. He is 92 years old, has Alzheimer’s disease and needs a hand with nearly every task the day brings.

Why should you pay more for cremation?

There are two reasons why you are willing to pay more for something.

Tripping seniors on purpose to stop future falls

Falls in the elderly cost $30 billion yearly to treat and can send them spiraling into poor health and disability.