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An older adult holding hands with his caregiver.

Navigating the Path: A Guide for New Dementia Caregivers

Becoming a caregiver for a loved one with dementia is a profound and, at times, overwhelming journey. It's a role that comes with many responsibilities and challenges, and requires careful planning. If you've recently become a dementia caregiver, here's what you can expect and some recommendations to help you along the way.

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By Julie Hayes | 01/16/2024

An older adult undergoing a glaucoma test.

Understanding Glaucoma: A Guide for Caregivers of Older Adults

Ensuring the well-being of older adults involves comprehensive care, and one aspect often overlooked is eye health. Glaucoma, a progressive eye disorder leading to optic nerve damage and potential blindness, is a significant concern, especially among older adults. As a caregiver, it's crucial to integrate glaucoma testing into the care plan, given its prevalence and potential severity.

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01/16/2024

An older adult surrounded by multiple generations of her family.

Decoding Dementia’s Genetic Connections

Dementia affects millions of individuals globally. While age, not genetics, is the primary risk factor, there's growing evidence that genetics can indeed play a role in determining an individual's susceptibility to certain types of dementia.

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By Julie Hayes | 12/15/2023

A group of older adults enjoying a conversation over a meal

The Power of Memory Cafés for Dementia Care

Most communities have plenty of gathering spaces available for people to meet up, chat, share a meal and take a break in a relaxing, supportive environment. But for people with dementia and their caregivers, finding a truly safe space out in the community can be a lot more challenging. Due to stigma and lack of knowledge, many people in the general public aren’t sure how to interact with someone with dementia, and even business owners may be at a loss to handle a situation where someone with dementia is distressed, or struggles to make a purchase. Aware of these challenges, caregivers may hesitate to bring a loved one into the community, unintentionally putting them at risk of social isolation.

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By Julie Hayes | 10/16/2023

A caregiver drinking tea with her mother

Things to Look for When Visiting an Older Loved One to Assess Wellbeing

As your loved one ages, you’re likely to find yourself worrying more about their wellbeing. Maybe you’re concerned about issues of them living safely in their current home, or taking care of themselves without in-home support. Or maybe you’re anxious about the possibility of memory loss, and early signs of dementia developing without anyone around to notice. These concerns are especially common for long-distance caregivers—who make up roughly 15 percent of all family caregivers.

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By Julie Hayes | 09/15/2023