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Elders May be Vulnerable to Abuse in Domestic Situations

Even if a caregiver has had a great relationship with his or her parents, when the stress of working a regular job, perhaps raising children, common financial problems, and giving proper attention to a marriage merge with caring for an aging parent – perhaps one who has Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia – the stress load can become unbearable. Read more →

Small Changes Can Improve Eating For Someone with Dementia

Dear Carol: My dad is living with us for the time being. He has Alzheimer’s and I know that he will eventually need professional care. I’ve taken a leave of absence from my job to provide care for three months because I want this time with him. My main frustration now is that he doesn’t want to eat. Read more →

When Caregiving Ceases: What's the New Normal?

Sometimes the call was from the nursing home because of a problem Dad had. Occasionally, it was Mom just checking in. Too often, however, it was the dispatcher for mom's personal alarm system. This call meant that I'd need to dash over to Mom's to see what happened and send for 9-1-1, if necessary. Read more →

Loneliness May Increase Dementia Risk, Heart Attacks and Stroke

This is one reason that communal living such as assisted living, is often considered a healthy choice for lonely elders, especially those who have lost a spouse due to death. Socialization gives people a chance to bond with others, thus potentially improving their health. Read more →

Arts Improve Life Quality for Stroke Survivors and People with Alzheimer’s

“Patients who appreciated music, painting and theatre recovered better from their stroke than patients who did not…Patients interested in art had better general health, found it easier to walk, and had more energy. They were also happier, less anxious or depressed, and felt calmer. - See more at: http://www.healthcentral.com/alzheimers/c/62/151919/improve-alzheimer#sthash.XvW3ijnZ.dpuf Read more →

Elders Covering for Each Other Can Hide Dementia Symptoms

Healthy aging brings with it some losses, but if seniors have a mate, they often can live independently for a longer time as they fill in the gaps for each other. Dad’s hearing is getting dim, but Mom coaches him and he does okay. Mom’s driving is questionable, but Dad does most of the driving when they are in high traffic areas, so she still gets around fine. Read more →