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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Living Will vs. Health Care Proxy

Although most people realize they should have some sort of advance healthcare directive in place, there is often a lot of confusion as to what type they need, and for what reason. First, it’s important to understand why advance healthcare directives came into being. They were created in response to increasingly sophisticated medical technology. A…

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How to Create a Dementia-Friendly Garden

Gardening is an excellent form of both exercise and sensory stimulation for the elderly. This is especially true for those who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s, since gardening keeps the brain active, helps create a routine, stimulates the mind and senses, and provides a feeling of purpose. In fact, studies have found that gardening can…

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Ways to Create a Dementia-Friendly Environment at Home

Everyday life can be very challenging for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. As the disease progresses, older adults begin to have even more trouble with mental issues such as remembering, reasoning, thinking, and processing. While there’s not much caregivers can do to slow the progression of the disease, they can make simple adaptations at…

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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 Manage Snow Removal for Seniors

This winter we’ve seen more snowfall here in New England than we have over the last few years. For school-age children, skiers, and snow lovers, this is good news – but for the rest of us, snowstorms can tend to produce more hassles than fun. While snow shoveling isn’t enjoyable, it’s often unavoidable – and…

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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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How to Talk with Aging Parents About Their Financial Affairs

‘Tis the season to see family members that you may not be around the rest of the year. If your aging parents live out of state and the holidays are the only time of year you see them, you may realize this year that the time has come to have some potentially difficult conversations. Arguably,…

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