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Supporting Dementia Caregivers

— It seems fitting that during November, we’ve been observing both Family Caregivers Month and Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Millions of caregivers support the well-being of senior relatives. And caregivers whose loved ones are living with dementia carry an especially heavy load. The University of Michigan and the AARP recently conducted a study of people who... Read More

The Complicated Connection of Depression and Dementia

— Depression is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. According to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, an estimated 15 percent of people older than 65 are dealing with depression, which affects the whole person: mind, body and emotions. Symptoms include a persistent feeling of sadness, lack of energy, changes in normal... Read More

If a Loved One Has Dementia … And a Gun

— The gun debate continues to rage, and while there’s little common ground between Second Amendment adherents and gun control advocates, a May 2018 study by researchers from University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center reported, “Even in the highly politicized atmosphere surrounding gun ownership, about 89 percent of Americans support limiting firearm purchases and access to... Read More

Why Do People With Alzheimer’s Disease Wander?

— In the U.S. and around the world, the population is aging, and that means an increase in people who are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory loss. Geriatricians say that over half of these seniors are at risk of becoming lost. It seems that every week we come across a news article about a... Read More

When Your Loved One With Dementia Lashes Out

— As Mom’s Alzheimer’s disease progresses, the family are sometimes shocked by her behavior. Formerly the most gentle and calm of women, Mom has been making angry accusations and yelling at family members, even young grandchildren. Last week she threw a clock on the floor because she couldn’t read the time. People who have never had... Read More

Improving Couples Communication When One Partner Has Dementia

— In time for Valentine’s Day, here’s an update on some important research. Today more than 35 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition. Many live at home, while others live in a memory care community or other supported living environment. No matter where a person with Alzheimer’s lives, they likely receive... Read More

As Memory Fades, Emotions Live On

— If you have a friend or loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition, you might wonder whether the things you do with them have any benefit. “I took Mom out to lunch, and she doesn’t even remember,” sighed one daughter. But here’s some research that confirms what most caregivers sense: people with Alzheimer’s... Read More

When Is It Time to Give Up the Keys?

— Dad has been diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. He insists that it’s still perfectly safe for him to drive—but is it? This conversation has led to some tense moments as the family discuss the best way to care for Dad as the disease progresses. Some of the common changes of aging can make driving unsafe.... Read More

10 Things to Know About Your Aging Parents

— By Trish Colucci, RN-BC, CCM – Aging Life Care Association™ Member Caring for aging parents is never easy, but being prepared for the most common problems and knowing where to go for help, can prove invaluable. So many issues crop up in the aging process: health issues, safety issues, and memory issues to name just... Read More

Can Alternative Health Practices Treat Alzheimer’s Disease?

— Many people, particularly older individuals, worry about forgetfulness and whether it is the first sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, forgetfulness has many causes. It can also be a normal part of aging, or related to various treatable health issues or to emotional problems, such as stress, anxiety or depression. Although no treatment... Read More