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Specialized emergency rooms minimize trauma to seniors

During my first years of caring for multiple elders I rode countless ambulances to our local emergency room. That makes it sound like I was a pretty terrible caregiver, I suppose, but actually, I just cared for several very independently minded elders who stubbornly (can’t say I blame them) stuck to their routines even when I would carefully plan safer ways for them to accomplish their goals. Read more →

Caregiver stress can show in body language with negative results all around

Note: I apologize for the bad link last week. The article was unavailable from the source. It's now fixed. Our body language affects those we care for. If we are stressed and our movements show it, our care receiver is likely to feel that stress. That, in turn, can make the care receiver more stressed and cranky. We then can create a negative cycle Read more →

Study suggests liver connection with Alzheimer’s disease

In the ongoing search for causes and/or a potential cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are always surprises. Most Alzheimer’s research still leans toward examining the hallmark beta amyloid deposits that create the plaques in the brain that are characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. Read more →

How to communicate with silent loved ones

Dear Carol: My mom is in the last stages of Alzheimer’s disease and is very uncommunicative. I’m not sure how much she understands or how to talk to her, or even if I should talk to her when she can’t answer. I feel she must know something, but she’s become very passive. How do I show her I care? Rachel Dear Rachel: I understand your concern. My dad was often uncommunicative, Read more →

Love and sexuality not only for the young

Recently, I received a question from a reader whose mother, in her late 70s, is in love with a man who just turned 80. The reader wondered what I thought about this situation, because she frankly, as she put it, found it “creepy.” While I am aware that readers on this site have had some issues with inappropriate sexual behavior when an elder has dementia Read more →

Diabetes education (DSMT) is a Medicare-paid benefit – don’t miss out

Diabetes is sneaky, in that most of the time, early symptoms aren’t noticed. As with many diseases, prevention, when possible, is best. If we don’t prevent a disease, then early detection and treatment can offset many of the ailments that accumulate as undetected disease worsens. A family history Read more →