How to Care for Veterans Living with Dementia

Each November, we observe Veterans Day as a way to honor all U.S. military veterans. As we pay tribute to these worthy men and women, it’s important to remember that their time of service may have left its mark on them physically, emotionally, psychologically, and/or socially. These “scars” may become even more apparent as the…

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How to Handle Dementia Accusations

The brain of a person struggling with dementia can begin to link facts and details in unusual ways. As the brain starts to change, a false-memory phenomenon can begin to occur. This causes the individual to perceive reality differently than those around him or her, and can lead to hurtful behavior toward caregivers. One common…

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Hurtful Words and How Caregivers Can Cope

It’s no easy task to care for an individual suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, but when that person starts using hurtful words to interact with you, the level of difficulty can quickly escalate. It’s human nature to take rude or mean words personally and feel that the individual is consciously attacking you verbally. In the…

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6 Ways to Prevent Heat Stroke in Seniors

Summertime can be a fun and wonderful season to enjoy the outdoors – but it can also present dangers in the form of heat injuries such as heat stroke. Heat stroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to the sun or physical exertion in high temperatures.…

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Therapeutic Fibbing

The brain damage experienced by dementia and Alzheimer’s patients causes a progressive decline in their ability to understand and process information – creating in essence a different version of reality in which they live. Forcing them to abandon their version of reality to join the “real world” can cause them tremendous pain, confusion, fear, anxiety,…

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How to Talk to Your Parents about Getting In-Home Care

If you happen to visit your aging parents over the holidays, you may notice a considerable decline in their capabilities and realize that it might be time to bring in some at-home care. This could be a very sensitive topic for them, however, so it is important to approach the conversation in the right manner,…

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Why is There a Caregiver Shortage?

While it has become noticeably more difficult to find qualified caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic, this current shortage pales in comparison to the looming caregiver crisis facing America over the next decade. Any crisis usually has multiple and complex causes and explanations, but in this case, the number one reason behind the increasing lack of…

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Learn Pragmatic Strategies for Managing the Care of Adults with Dementia

The Cape Cod Alzheimer’s Family Support Center (AFSC) is offering their annual free conference for Alzheimer’s/dementia professionals and caregivers this Friday, August 20, 2021 from 8:30am to 4:30pm via live videoconference. This year’s John Levin Memorial Conference is titled, “Getting to Yes: A Pragmatic Approach to Dementia Care with Teepa Snow.” Nationally-known dementia care specialist…

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Body Heat Regulation in the Elderly

July and August bring on what are known as the “dog days of summer” – hot, muggy, sunny days that can cause lethargy and exhaustion. Extreme temperatures that make the rest of us seek out the nearest beach or pool can have much more dire consequences for the elderly due to their increasing trouble with…

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