Do’s and Don’ts for Visiting Someone with Dementia

Just because people suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t want visitors. There will be days, of course, where they may prefer to be alone or keep to the regular routine, but at other times they will feel more social. In order for visits from friends or family to be productive, it’s…

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A Step-By-Step Guide for How to Get Up from a Fall

Falls can be serious business for seniors – and unfortunately, they’re more common than you might realize. In fact, the CDC says more than 1 in 4 people age 65 and older fall each year. Interestingly, if you fall just once, your chances of falling again double. Not only that, but if older adults stay…

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Signs That Loved Ones May Need More Help

No one knows your parents or loved ones like 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 certain 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 family member who lives nearby, you’re likely used to his or her appearance and behavior, and can observe changes on a regular basis 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…

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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. In fact, providing frequent and consistent breaks causes the caregiver to come back refreshed, recharged, and more attentive than ever. The problem arises when your older adult absolutely refuses the idea of an in-home caregiver replacing even a few…

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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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Tips for Managing Caregiver Stress

There’s no doubt about it – it can be stressful caring for an older adult. Feelings of being overwhelmed, frustrated, anxious, and exhausted are common – and understandable. To combat caregiver burnout, having a list of go-to coping activities or stress relief ideas is helpful, with enough choices to pick which is most valuable or…

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