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Delirium Leading to Dementia One Surgery Risk

BirchtreesAs people age, surgery becomes a greater risk to their overall health than the same surgery would be for younger people. Older people often have less robust immune systems so they are more at risk for general infections and they are more at risk for pneumonia. However, one of the most frightening risks for older people is post-surgical delirium. 

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Global Alzheimer’s Study Now Enrolling


Paranoia in Seniors Sometimes Linked to Medications or Dementia

Tired-man-10032629Dear Carol: My dad is only 62 but I’m worried that he may have dementia. He’s had depression during much of his life, but what scares me now is that he’s gotten paranoid. He twists memories of things that did happen until the story is unrecognizable and he talks about things in the past that never occurred. The latest is some kind of conspiracy about his past work. Since he was a teacher, there isn’t much controversy involved, but still, as he now sees it, he was a target of some sort of witch hunt.

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Global Alzheimer’s Study Now Enrolling


Veterans Benefits Guide from Agingcare Now Available

VeteransAgingcare.com and I have a long history together. I've been writing for them since they began around a decade ago and have enjoyed watching them climb to the top as one of the most trusted sites for our elders and those who care for them. I've also been the face of their support forum for nearly as many years as the site has been active. This is my personal stamp on their credibility. Agingcare has now put together a valuable booklet to help our veterans and their families navigate what can be a frustrating journey to determine what benefits they are eligible for. Take a look.

Free Veterans Benefits Guide from Agingcare

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Hospice Care about Re-Focusing Priorities, Not Giving Up

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Our culture is steeped in language makes accepting the terminal diagnosis of ourselves or a loved one more difficult to accept than it needs to be. Doctors say, “I’m sorry, there’s nothing more we can do. You might as well go on hospice care.” Patients say that they want “aggressive treatment,” until there is nothing else that can be done, then they will go on hospice care. The focus of these conversations is that medicine will do everything possible and then when you give up you will go on hospice care. Hospice is not about giving up. It’s about allowing people who are dying a chance to live their final weeks or months with dignity and quality of life.

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Witnessing Dying Process Can Bring Unique Insight, Relief

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Dear Carol: My mother is 84 and has been ill for years with various ailments, including cancer. She recently fell and hit her head badly enough to require a trip to the emergency room. Mom lives in an excellent nursing home, so she was able to return there after the fall rather than go into the hospital. She did well for a time, but now they tell me that she is in the death process. I didn’t know that death was a process. How do I handle this? - Tammy

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Breaking the Sacred Promise: It’s Time for a Nursing Home

LonetreeIt’s something many of us have done. Our parents are in their middle years and have come home from visiting someone in a nursing home. The hospital-like structure of the older nursing home was disturbing to them. While relating their experience to you they say that they’d hate to end up in a place like that. You jump in and say with feeling and genuine belief, “I’d never put you in a nursing home!” Fast forward a few decades.

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Terminally Ill? Your Location Can Affect Aggressiveness of Treatment

DeathMost of us would like to believe that medical people have our best interests at heart. We, or the people who have been appointed by us to represent us during a healthcare crisis, should be part of the decision as to how far to take treatment. Most of us trust that we’ll have options carefully explained to us so that we can make educated decisions. Apparently, that isn’t always the case. 

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Flu Kills: Protecting Our Elders

DriedPlantsFlu isn't just an inconvenience, especially among the elderly population. For expert information on how caregivers can help their elders stay healthy and if possible avoid the flu, I reached out to Martie Moore, R.N., MAOM, CPHQ, who is Chief Nursing Officer, Medline Industries, Inc. for some answers.  

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Help Us Help Them: Survey for Alzheimer's ER Care

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Help Us Help Them: Those afflicted with Alzheimer's disease often require emergency care. However, the needs and dynamics of providing such care differs vastly from other care calls - what do YOU want them to know? 

Please help provide feedback and let's develop recommendations - that perhaps progresses into protocol - for emergency workers to best help those with AD. -   SurveyMonkey for Alzheimer's ER care

From Carol: I took the survey and it doesn't take long.


The Rally Before Death In Preparation for the Final Journey

ColorSky...One story that stands out in my memory was told to me while interviewing people for “Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories.” The woman’s whole family had gathered by her father’s bedside. It had been days for some, hours for others, but they had all arrived. Their father had been withdrawing into himself, and they knew that his time to leave would soon come. Then, he rallied. He was able to sit up and even talk a bit. There was a spark in his eye. He told his family to go and get something to eat. During the time it took the family to grab some fast food at a nearby restaurant, the father died.

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