How to Respond When Someone with Alzheimer’s Says They Want to Go Home

It’s not uncommon for those suffering from Alzheimer’s to repeatedly tell a caregiver that they want to go home. This can be especially frustrating when the person is already at home. It’s important for caregivers to understand that individuals aren’t necessarily asking to be taken somewhere, but are instead yearning for comfort. Due to the…

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10 Reasons Why Seniors Lose Their Appetite

Many older adults struggle during mealtimes or simply refuse to eat because they no longer have an appetite. The problem is that in order to stay healthy and active, seniors need to be consuming a sufficient number of nutritious calories every day. The first step is to figure out why they may not be eating,…

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How to Respond to Repetitive Questions in Dementia

Because Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia cause problems with short-term memory, those suffering from it tend to repeat the same thing over and over. This can, unfortunately, become a significant source of stress for caregivers, who may be tempted to snap in frustration eventually. It’s important to realize that the older adult isn’t doing…

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Solutions for Seniors

In February 2024, Cahoon Care’s Allan Parker was interviewed by WATD’s “Solutions for Seniors” host Chris Shea. He discussed the needs facing seniors and their families today and described the services Cahoon Care Associates provides to help meet these pressing needs. Click here to listen to the half-hour interview.

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Pushing the Envelope….

Let’s have some fun…and maybe win a prize! Picture it: Cahoon Care, 2024. The caregiver, Sally, reached the end of her shift, clocked out, and said her goodbyes to the client, Mary. Sally is blissfully 10 minutes from home when her cell phone rings, and Mary is on the other end. Mary asks Sally to…

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Signs That Loved Ones May Need More Help

No one knows your parents or loved ones as you do – so you will likely be one of the first to notice any decline in them that may warrant bringing in a caregiver. If you don’t live nearby, you may have missed specific hints over the past year that more help was starting to…

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How to Prepare Family Before Holiday Visits with a Senior

If you are a caregiver of a nearby family member, you’re likely used to their appearance and behavior. You can observe changes regularly as your loved one gradually declines. On the other hand, family members who live out of town may be shocked or dismayed at recent changes in the individual when they come to…

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When They Say No: How to Introduce the Idea of In-Home Care for Seniors

Even the best caregiver needs a break sometimes – especially when it’s a live-in family member. Providing frequent and consistent breaks causes the caregiver to return refreshed, recharged, and more attentive than ever. The problem arises when your older adult refuses the idea of an in-home caregiver replacing even a few hours of a family…

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Ways to Reduce Dementia Sundowning Symptoms

It’s common for people with Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease to get increasingly confused, anxious, or agitated in the late afternoon or early evening. For others, the symptoms are more noticeable at night, when they experience restlessness or disrupted sleep schedules. Because this behavior tends to happen later in the day, it’s often called “sundowning.” It…

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