Entries categorized "Dementia/Alzheimer's" Feed

... However, the meaning behind the phrase is that you will provide your loved ones with the best care possible under the circumstances that they - and you - face. That, my friends, is the spirit of the promise that you made. Read more →

...As with so many things regarding our aging parents, you could consider how you are approaching your mom. You might think that you are doing so with compassion and gentleness, but it’s possible that your understandable frustration is showing. Read more →

...Were my elders always thrilled about being in a nursing home? No. However, they did benefit in many ways, and frankly there was no alternative choice. I'm simply grateful Read more →

...You are a human being who’d like some control over your own life. You didn’t ask to be put in a situation where you have little chance to work on fulfilling even the simplest of your own dreams. Yet, the situation Read more →

...The suggestions above are all important, however one additional step toward fall prevention that we rarely read about is the effect of hearing loss on balance. Medical News Today recently published an article pointing to a Laryngoscope journal report Read more →

...Treating hearing issues early could help prevent compensatory changes in the brain and leave those areas available for the higher-level decision-making that is the original intention. What makes this even more important is that a change in decision making abilities Read more →

...While poor vision, impaired balance, and other health issues may hamper your loved one’s pursuit of an old hobby, everyone needs to have a sense of accomplishment. If your aging parent wants to do something potentially risky, offer ideas for increased safety, but avoid being overly protective... Read more →

...I’m a strong believer in families being realistic. Your parents should have a Power of Attorney for health care with a health directive or living will. This is the document where people assign someone else to make decisions for them should they become unable to do so. They should Read more →

...palliative care began as a focus on helping cancer patients, though now it has been expanded to help in many other circumstances, often even in the later stages of dementia. Read more →

...The researchers stress, that solid conclusions can't be determined at this time because cognitive problems can cause people to withdraw, therefore placing them at higher risk for dementia, so they still aren't sure in all cases which came first - loneliness or dementia. Read more →