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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Tips for effective communication with memory impaired loved ones

Both family and paid caregivers may overlook various barriers to effective communication with impaired older adults and consequently misinterpret verbal and behavioral messages.

Make an educated choice: Home agency or private caregiver

By Jeannette Sheehan Are you at home and not able to do it all anymore? There are options for you to get assistance and remain at...

How to choose adult day care for loved one

By Micha Shalev No matter how efficiently and effortlessly you have adapted your life to the role of caregiver, eventually you are going to need...

Does my loved one have dementia, or not?

Dementia is the progressive deterioration in cognitive function — the ability to process thought (intelligence).

When is a dementia sufferer ready for a long-term care facility?

When the caregiver can no longer cope with the physical and mental demands of caregiving, he or she should first consider support services.

How to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD, is a winter depression that occurs approximately the same time every year.

Sleep problems in elderly with dementia can be treated

Age alone does not cause sleep problems. Disturbed sleep, waking up tired every day and other symptoms of insomnia are not a normal part of aging. Instead, poor sleep habits, untreated sleep disorders, medications or medical problems can contribute to sleeplessness.

Protect your elderly parents from scammers

By Micha Shalev Adult children and caregivers play an important role in helping older people avoid scams. Unfortunately, scammers often prey on lonely seniors looking...

The power of music with dementia residents

If you are reminded of your childhood when you hear song lines such as, “It’s the story of a lovely lady” or “You are my sunshine,” you can understand the power of musical memory. Songs tell the stories of our lives. They remind us of a special day, a good time, a first love and even a favorite car.

What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s?

By Micha Shalev About 5 million Americans, or 10 percent of those over 65 years of age, suffer from Alzheimer’s disease according to the Fischer...