The Dangers of Family Dynamics Resurfacing when Looking After Elderly Parents

Family CaregiversPerhaps your family rivals those on Walton’s Mountain in its unconditional love, unwavering patience with one another, and determination to stick together through thick and thin. But if your family members are similar to most, there’s definitely some degree of dysfunction, some lingering mulish sibling rivalry, as well as some residual competitiveness to be Mom’s and Dad’s favorite. As care needs increase in looking after elderly parents, the family once again has to band together to support them. Unfortunately, though, old childhood hurts can resurface and family dynamics can be exacerbated. Continue reading “The Dangers of Family Dynamics Resurfacing when Looking After Elderly Parents” »

Posted on: August 16th, 2017 by Elyse
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Is There a Link Between Insomnia and Alzheimer’s?

Woman with InsomniaIt is a common problem for many older adults – falling and staying asleep for a full night’s rest. Apart from feeling a tad foggy the following morning, however, and feeling the need for a mid-day snooze to catch up on lost sleep, the effects have seemed negligible. That is, until research recently revealed a potential link between restless sleep and Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading “Is There a Link Between Insomnia and Alzheimer’s?” »

Posted on: August 9th, 2017 by Elyse
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Don’t Cross the Line – Caring for Aging Parents vs. Controlling Them

Caring for Aging ParentsIt is an amazing feeling to know that you are protected, safe and cared for. Parents thrive on making certain their kids are wrapped in the comfort of knowing their needs will be satisfied, giving the safety net that permits them the confidence to explore the world about them. Yet there comes a phase in all children’s lives when the craving for independence overshadows the benefit of protection, and they have to experience firsthand what it means to stumble, fall and get up on their own. Continue reading “Don’t Cross the Line – Caring for Aging Parents vs. Controlling Them” »

Posted on: August 4th, 2017 by Elyse
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Don’t Be in Denial. How to Successfully Get The Medicare Assistance You Need

caregivers at Atlanta With seniors in the United States taking on average, 15-18 different medications, Medicare assistance for coverage of these medicines is often a necessity. And with a typical pricetag of greater than $11,000 annually for the most typical medicines prescribed for the elderly, it usually is devastating when Medicare abruptly denies coverage. Yet nevertheless, that’s happening a lot more frequently as Medicare plans are increasingly establishing coverage limitations on older persons – typically outside of approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Posted on: July 18th, 2017 by Elyse
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4 Tips to Make Travel for Older Adults Better

Travel for Older AdultsSummer vacations are so exciting! Checking items off of our bucket lists, leaving the worries of the everyday world behind, exploring new destinations. And helping an older loved one enjoy the experiences with you on the vacation makes it all the better. You will find, however, some issues to take into account that might help pave the way to make travel for older adults in your family better:

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Posted on: July 14th, 2017 by Elyse
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Caring for Someone with Dementia? Three Steps for Soothing Alzheimer’s Anxiety

Caring for Someone with Dementia?“Home is where the heart is;” but what if the person you love has dementia and says, “I want to go home” when he or she is already home? Sadly, if you are caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, this discussion happens repeatedly. And the confusion and plaintive yearning being conveyed are nothing short of heartbreaking – and, if we’re frank, annoying.

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Posted on: July 11th, 2017 by Elyse
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Latest Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Study Linked to Gut Bacteria

Latest Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Study We are what we eat, or so the saying goes, and now there’s even more evidence to support the correlation between our dietary habits and our health and wellbeing. Research is showing a surprising link between following a gut-healthy diet and the potential prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading “Latest Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Study Linked to Gut Bacteria” »

Posted on: June 19th, 2017 by Elyse
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How to Help Manage Arthritis in Just 45 Minutes a Week

How to Help Manage ArthritisThe rule to exercise and stay as active as possible for the best health applies to older adults as well! But if you are battling arthritis, it can be difficult to maintain a good amount of exercise because of pain.

Fortunately, the latest recommendations ease back on the intensity of exercise for elderly people with arthritis, specifying that as little as just 45 minutes of physical exercise each week is sufficient to achieve and keep a high level of functionality – and much less daunting for people who have a tendency to shy away from exercise.

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Posted on: June 14th, 2017 by Elyse
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There Actually IS a Bright Side to Alzheimer’s Disease

Bright Side to Alzheimer’s DiseaseBringing up the topic of “Alzheimer’s disease” at your next summer pool party is a sure fire way to turn a festive atmosphere into a subdued atmosphere. We’ve long been told (and perhaps witnessed firsthand) all of the negative connotations and associations that go along with the disease. And because there is still not even a cure, it’s natural that an Alzheimer’s medical diagnosis in a family member creates various worries.

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Posted on: June 7th, 2017 by Elyse
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Could This Leukemia Treatment Also Help with Parkinson’s and Dementia?

What if there was a medication that could treat not just one, but multiple devastating diseases: leukemia, Alzheimer’s/dementia, and Parkinson’s? At Georgetown University Medical Center, researchers are hopeful that nilotinib is that medication. Currently approved to use in those with one type of leukemia, a small trial is causing great excitement in its promising results to rid the brain of toxic proteins. Continue reading “Could This Leukemia Treatment Also Help with Parkinson’s and Dementia?” »

Posted on: May 16th, 2017 by Elyse
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