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Top Ten 2009 EldercareABC Posts by Carrie Hill , PhD

By Carrrie Hill, PhD Receiving a Dignified Diagnosis in Geriatric Care If you are caring for parents and you are concerned about the possibility of Alzheimer’s disease, seeking geriatric care that results in an accurate diagnosis is paramount. Smart Homes Could Revolutionize Eldercare I  just read an intriguing article about “Smart Homes,” a new idea…
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Eldercare Tips to Improve Memory

If you are caring for parents, you may be worried about their memory and whether there is anything you can do as part of your eldercare routine to help them maintain or even improve their memory functioning. According the American Psychological Association, there are several things people can do to boost their brain power: (more…)
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Receiving a Dignified Diagnosis in Geriatric Care

If you are caring for parents and you are concerned about the possibility of Alzheimer's disease, seeking geriatric care that results in an accurate diagnosis is paramount. The Alzheimer's Association recognizes the need for an accurate diagnosis, but they also want to ensure that the diagnostic process is dignified - that is, eldercare professionals should…
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Smart Homes Could Revolutionize Eldercare

I just read an intriguing article about "Smart Homes," a new idea in eldercare created by British researchers. The researchers are developing home sensing systems to help people with dementia remain in their own homes by keeping them safe and providing helpful reminders. If you are caring for parents, this development in senior home care…
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Choosing Nursing Home Care Asking the Right Questions

Once you've chosen to seek nursing home care for your parent, you may feel baffled about how to proceed. This is normal because so many factors must be taken into account to choose the very best facility for your loved one. The key to choosing a nursing home is to approach the process with organization…
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A Parent with Alzheimer’s Disease 15 Tips to Reduce Wandering

Caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia requires many skills, including keeping your parent safe. Unfortunately, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, six out of ten people with Alzheimer’s will wander at some point during the disease. Wandering can mean that your parent wanders away and becomes lost on foot; it can…
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The Basics of Respite Care

Caregivers who use respite care often tell me that although caregiving is one of the most rewarding jobs they've ever had, they couldn't do it without a break now and then. The emotional and physical demands of senior care make it hard to do 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Without respite care…
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Staying Physically Active Could Buffer Effects of Caregiving

A recent study by Boston University researchers provided a clue to how caregivers might be able to counteract the toll that eldercare takes on them. The study, supported by the National Institute on Aging, showed that caregivers who were more physically active showed higher mobility rates and lower mortality rates. In other words, caregivers who…
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Eldercare Tips for Disaster Preparedness

Whether your parent is still in an independent living situation or another senior living setting, part of your eldercare responsibilities include being prepared in case of a disaster such as fire, hurricane, flood, or other event. Here are some eldercare tips for disaster preparedness adapted from the Alzheimer's Association: Know Your Plan If your parent…
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Alzheimer's Disease: Coping With Caregiver Stress and Burnout

If you're a caregiver for your parent with Alzheimer's and you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, consider these tips for coping with caregiver stress and burnout: Learn as much as you can about Alzheimer's disease. Although you might not want to think about it, you'll thank yourself later because…
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