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Helping an Older Loved One Living Alone with Dementia
Many assume that older adults who live alone inevitably transition into assisted living when diagnosed with dementia, but this is not the case. Around one third of people with dementia live on their own, in their own homes. While it does not pose as many concerns in the early-stages of dementia, this arrangement may become increasingly risky in the middle- and late-stages. As a caregiver, you may feel pressure to move in with your loved one or vice versa, or else find them an assisted living arrangement, even if your loved one does not want to leave their home.Read More
By Julie Hayes | 07/15/2021
Becoming a Caregiver: My Role Has Changed, Now Who Am I?
We all have roles in life that we are used to and comfortable with. Some roles that come to mind easily are mother, father, sister, brother, wife, husband, partner, friend, aunt, uncle and grandparent. These are very common roles that are socially accepted, defined and supported. We know how to be a parent, sibling, friend etc., because people teach us by serving as an example. What happens when these roles start to change, however? These scenarios happen every day, and the shift that it can create in a relationship paradigm can have a ripple effect of feelings, emotions and struggles.Read More
By Melissa Winberry | 07/15/2021
Recognizing the Risks and Red Flags of Elder Abuse
Those who are assisting older loved ones likely try to do everything they can to keep that loved one safe, such as making sure they have a list of emergency contacts or assessing whether they can still safely operate a vehicle. However, sometimes the greatest threats to a loved one can be a person, whether family members, fellow caregivers, medical staff, complete strangers or even themselves. According to the National Council on Aging, approximately one in ten Americans aged 60 or older have experienced some form of elder abuse.Read More
By Julie Hayes | 07/15/2021
Exercise Your Brain as an Older Adult with These 20 Memory Boosting Activities
There are a variety of techniques and strategies older adults can use to maintain and even improve memories. These memory boosters are mentally challenging and often fun, and they don’t involve medications that may have side effects that could potentially exhaust mental focus.Read More
5 Tips to Prepare for a Conversation with Your Doctor About Dementia
Suspecting that you are suffering from memory loss can feel terrifying. When there’s a chance the answer to your symptoms may be “dementia,” it may seem tempting to avoid even asking the question. However, a missed or delayed opportunity to diagnosis dementia can have long-term consequences. Though confronting the possibility of dementia can be hard, an early diagnosis can make preparing for the future easier both on you and your loved one.Read More
By Julie Hayes | 06/15/2021