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January 2011

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It's no surprise to most people over 30 that a trend toward brain games has become nearly an obsession with many competitive boomers. The availability of such games can be a source of guilt for boomers like me who, well, hate games. My mom was different. She loved crossword puzzles. Read more →


Can a Mediterranean diet help prevent Alzheimer’s disease?

The Mediterranean diet is hard to beat for health reasons. In the article Is Heart-Healthy Good for the Brain? the Mediterranean diet was addressed because of the “healthy fats” from fish and olive oil, as well as the dependence on vegetables as a key staple. This diet is a “dream diet” from the standpoint of many nutritionists. Read more →


“Share Why You Care” contest entries are all winners

Caregivers, you did it! You wrote your stories to inspire others and to help lift their days. You voted for the stories that moved you the most. You’ve picked the “Share Why You Care” contest winners, but you are all winners – every one of you. The world needs you to pass on your wisdom, your courage and your love Read more →


What Do We Do When Our Elder's Behavior Is Beyond Our Ability To Cope?

Caregivers are only human. We generally get into caregiving for our elders because of our love for them. However, diseases such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease and strokes, can take such a huge toll on the elder that we barely recognize the personality of the person we are caring for. Read more →


Caregiving Comes From the Heart but Education Helps

Most family caregivers take on tasks as they see fit. Sometimes a parent has a stroke and suddenly needs care. Other times dementia enters the picture and the need for help progresses slowly. Few caregivers immediately think that they need to get educated about how best to care for their elders. But education does help, if only because it shows the caregiver that there are options. Read more →


Hardcore brain training may not be all that helpful

It’s no surprise to most people over 30 that a trend toward brain games has become nearly an obsession with many competitive boomers. The availability of such games can be a source of guilt for boomers like me who, well, hate games. My mom was different. Read more →


Consistent Assignment Of Caregivers Is A Huge Plus For Elders

Think of it this way. A person comes to your door or into your room if you are living in a care facility. You’ve never met this person, but he or she announces that it’s time for a bath. The person proceeds to help you get ready for your bath, while you remain confused and frightened. Who is this person? Why do they want to give you a bath? What would you do? Read more →


Chronic Falls Need Attention

Dear Carol: My mother lives alone. I visit her daily and help her around the house, plus I get her medications ready. The problem is that she has fallen many times. Fortunately, each time has been shortly before I’ve arrived at her apartment, and she hasn’t been seriously hurt. However, it’s very hard for me to get her up. I’m afraid I’ll hurt her. She seems too healthy for a nursing home, but I’m not sure what to do and I worry she’ll fall and have to lie on the floor all night. Worry Wart Dear Worry: Your dilemma is familiar Read more →


Pets Can Be Therapeutic For the Aging Population

Numerous studies have shown that pets can increase the quality of life for our aging population. The unconditional love of a dog or the soft purring of a snuggly cat can be helpful for many people, even in later stages of dementia. Many nursing homes, notably those based on The Eden Alternative, have found animals including dogs, cats and birds, along with plants and other natural surroundings, Read more →