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Using Team Meetings to Develop a Dementia Care Strategy for a Loved One

An individual with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease often requires a village of caregivers to help take care of their needs during different stages of the disease. Whether they be family caregivers or providers, caregivers must always be vigilant to make sure their loved one is well cared for and protected.

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02/17/2020

Winter Household Maintenance Tasks for Older Adults

Winter can be tough on our homes, even if we live in an area that receives little or no snow. If we don’t prepare ahead of time, we may face costly heating and lighting bills or repairs that can drain our budgets, especially if we are retired or on a fixed income. Before going into hibernation mode, there are a few winter home maintenance chores we should attend to.

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By Antoinette Smith | 01/15/2020

Eating Well with Alzheimer's

Eating well is essential to good health, but when we are caring for an older loved one with a memory disorder, it may be challenging to be sure they have access to well-balanced and appetizing meals. It can be a struggle as well to ensure that they are eating these meals when they may be experiencing a loss of appetite or difficulty remembering and sticking to established routines as the illness progresses. As caregivers, it’s important for us to rise to these challenges and find solutions to prioritize nutrition and healthy eating in a loved one’s life as key element of maintaining their overall health.

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01/15/2020

Living Well with Arthritis

According to the Arthritis Foundation, about 54 million adults have been diagnosed with arthritis. The first signs of arthritis usually begin around age 40 and progress slowly. Women over 50 are more likely to suffer from arthritis symptoms than men. Even dogs, cats and other animals can suffer from the pain of arthritis. Although there is no cure for this disease, there are a variety of techniques and remedies we can use to manage a loved one’s pain and help them maintain an active lifestyle.

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01/15/2020

Decision-Making With Your Older Loved One: Choosing a Power of Attorney Agent

Establishing a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care or Finances can give our loved ones the ability to control who makes important health care or financial decisions for them if their physician declares they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves. Having a Power of Attorney is important because it assures our loved ones have someone who can act on their behalf and, ideally, respect their wishes. However, with this power comes responsibility, and sometimes this responsibility can be abused by those who do not have our loved ones’ best interests at heart. Before choosing a Power of Attorney agent, our loved ones should not only make sure the person they are considering is someone they can comfortably express their wishes and preferences to, but also that the agent is trustworthy enough to make decisions that are best for our loved ones.

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By Tiffany Taylor and Julie Hayes | 01/15/2020