Category Archives: Health

The Role of Hospice in Elder Health Care

I had to face that my mother was dying. If I had known how hospice would transform our relationship with the elder health care system, I would have acted sooner. Hospice introduced us to a more compassionate way of dealing with my aging parent. 1. Focused on comfort rather than prolonging my mother's life 2.…
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Therapeutic Touch in Alzheimer's Caregiving

I just watched a wonderful eldercare segment on CNN.com by Dr. Sanjay Gupta about the importance of therapeutic touch in Alzheimer's caregiving. The segment features Sol Rogers, an 89-year-old caregiver to his spouse, Rita, who has had Alzheimer's disease for 8 years. When she entered an eldercare facility several months ago, she could no longer…
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Is it always Alzheimer’s? – Reassessing Eldercare

We all want our parents to maintain independent living for as long as possible. But when we notice minor memory slips and other small signs of confusion among our parents, it's normal to worry a bit. Is our parent getting Alzheimer's disease? How much longer will independent living be an option? Are the memory slips…
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The Symptoms Of Dementia

Dementia is the progressive decline in cognitive function due to damage or disease in the brain beyond what might be expected from normal aging. Particularly affected areas may be memory, attention, language and problem solving, although particularly in the later stages of the condition, affected persons may be disoriented in time, not knowing what day,…
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Caring for Parents: Watch out for Weight Loss

Helping your parent maintain a consistent, healthy weight is a key role when caring for parents.  Many of us think that losing weight as we age is to be expected.  An average 90 year old eats 25% less food than a 20 year old. While elders do eat less, it's important to treat unintentional weight…
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Water Aerobics For The Elderly

One of the ideal ways to stay in shape and keep fit is through aquatic exercise. Exercising in the water is a great way to add resistance without the drawbacks of impact, and also to raise a heart rate for aerobic exercise, again without the resulting impacts that can be jarring and damaging to already…
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Caring for Parents: Know the Warning Signs of Depression

It's important to know the warning signs of depression, when caring for parents. Elder health care studies have shown that changes in health and loss of social connections put seniors at high risk for developing depression. The key to caring for parents at risk for depression is to look for changes in behavior and get…
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Becoming a Partner in Elder Health Care

When it comes to becoming a partner in elder health care, I've learned that an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure.  Finding good elder health care can be a daunting task, but finding a good family or geriatric care physician is vital. For many years we had a doctor who specialized…
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Eight Things You Need to Know about Alzheimer's Disease

If you're caring for a parent with Alzheimer's disease, you already know that the condition can seem like a very dark mystery with wonderful moments of sunshine. Watching my own grandmother descend into Alzheimer's while I was in college is what led me to a career devoted to helping other families deal with the heartache and challenges associated with this disease.
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What Is a Geriatric Care Manager?

While working for the Alzheimer's Association, I received a lot of phone calls concerning geriatric care for aging parents. Many of the calls came from adult children who were either overwhelmed with caregiving responsibilities or lived too far away to provide the eldercare their parent required. Many times, I suggested that the caller look into hiring a geriatric care manager.
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