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Long-term Caregiving May Shorten Life Up To Eight Years

StressA study by Ohio State University in conjunction with the National Institute on Aging has shown that adult children caring for their parents, as well as parents caring for chronically ill children, may have their life span shortened by four to eight years.   For this study, Ohio State University’s Ronald Glaser, head of OSU’s Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, and Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, a professor of psychology and psychiatry at OSU, teamed with Nan-ping Weng and his research group from the National Institute on Aging. 

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Tips to Help Someone with Dementia Bathe Without a Battle

BathingBathing issues can be one of the most frustrating parts of dementia care, but the stress can be lowered by flexibility and insight on the part of the caregiver. While your loved one with dementia may need a good deal of washing up of face, hands and private areas, a  daily bath or shower is rarely necessary. Once or twice a week in a shower or bath should be enough for a complete body wash. If necessary, large bathing cloths can be used on the full body. The idea is not to become ridged in your thinking when it comes to how often a full bath is needed.

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Primary Caregiver Often Takes Brunt of Abuse

DepressedDear Carol: My mother was both physically and verbally abusive to me when I was growing up but the last 15 years, since I’ve been out of the house, we got along pretty good. Then, last year, she was diagnosed with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s. That’s when we decided that I should move in with her so that I could provide care. I had to quit work to do this, but Mom and my two siblings were all on board for Mom paying me a small monthly stipend to care for her.

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Stress and Alzheimer’s: More Evidence Strengthens the Link

Brain6Stress has long been considered a major risk for developing Alzheimer’s, but there hasn’t been any real understanding as to why this is so. Now, researchers at the Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease at the University of Florida think that they’ve come closer to discovering the connection.

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To Live and Die with Serenity and Peace Try Forgiveness

MotherdaughterForgiveness nearly always changes lives for the better, even if one of those lives is about to end. Whether we are the forgiver or the person being forgiven, the blessings flow both ways. To me, forgiving one another for being flawed human beings is an important key to a reasonably serene life. However, this mutual understanding is not always easy to come by.

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Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Symptoms Surprisingly Different

Fog6When we think of Alzheimer’s symptoms we think of memory loss, yet this is not necessarily the case with younger onset Alzheimer's. Younger onset Alzheimer’s may present symptoms such as poor judgement and skewed thinking patterns before memory loss becomes evident. Researchers at University College London (UCL) studied 7,815 people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The point of the study was to determine if symptoms differed according to age of onset.

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Alzheimer's Sleep Issues Challenge Exhausted Caregivers

MoonExhausted caregivers often say that one of the hardest things for them is that they can’t get quality sleep. Even caregivers who have loved ones outside of their homes can have problems since they are still on call day and night for frequent emergencies. However, it’s the Alzheimer’s caregivers who have the hardest time since Alzheimer’s disease can cause severe sleep disruption.   Experts still aren’t sure about all of the reasons for the poor sleeping patterns of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Doctors feel that there may be some change in the brain, perhaps the same as with other aging people but more intense, that cause this distressing situation. 

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Predicting Alzheimer’s: Biological Age Overrides Chronological Age

Research6Increasingly, Alzheimer’s specialists and researchers stress the importance of early detection. In fact, most drugs now considered as possible methods for holding off Alzheimer’s symptoms seem to be dependent on starting the drug early – as much as a decade earlier than symptoms appear. The question that travels hand in hand with these studies is who should start these drugs if they do prove to be effective? It’s not prudent to simply give the drugs to the whole aging population. 

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Independent, Capable Elder Should Be Celebrated Rather than Restrained

DrivingRelaxDear Carol: My mother is 84-years old, exceptionally healthy and stubbornly independent.  She hires people to do outdoor work for her small home and does the rest herself. She’s still driving. Mom hasn’t had any accidents and she doesn’t drive at night or in busy areas. She has assigned me Power Of Attorney, but she shows no signs of poor thinking so I haven’t needed the documents yet. Mom really is remarkable and she wants to stay in her own home but my brother and I worry about her.  How do I get her to accept more help or to move to a place where she’ll at least have people available in an emergency? I live about a half hour away. Stuart

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Re-imagine a Picnic for an Elder in a Senior Living Community

  Picnic3...Picnics are symbolic of shared good times, casual but special. While generally held outdoors, they need not be. A quick look at the dictionary tells us that the word picnic means an informal good time. With that definition as a guide, we can come up with our own variations.

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